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Richard N. Perks
The standards that parents set for their children and the expectations they hold are an important consideration in studying family dynamics, development of a child's self-esteem, quality of parental care, emotional responses to required and desired behavior, and virtually any other aspect of the parent-child relationship. Parents maintain expectations of their child's physical, socio-emotional, and intellectual development. Children's self-concept, self-esteem, and general emotional well-being are all affected by their ability to fulfill parents' expectations. Failure to live up to a standard that is important to the parent could lead to psychological distress for the child and disruption in the family. Parental standards and their importance to the parent also affect the methods of discipline that they use in correcting children, which, in turn, can influence the child's development in a variety of ways (e.g. moral internalization).
Stepan, Jennifer J., "Assessment of Parental Expectations: A Preliminary Investigation of the Expectation Sort for Parents" (1994). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 322.
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