Influence of the Family on the Process of Forming a Child's Personality: Types of Families: A Case of Modern Youth Prose

Galina Nikolaevna Bozhkova, Olga Vasilyevnа Shatunova, Elena Mikhailovna Shastina

Abstract


The article is aimed at studying the types of modern families and identifying their influence on the formation of the younger generation, using the material of prose for children and adolescents. The novelty of the study is in the fact that there is not a single work studying the variety of families in modern literature. The nature of the work was determined by the method of content analysis, which allowed us to obtain reliable data from the literary context by studying its formal-substantive features. Тhe authors obtained interesting results. Modern books for children were analyzed in terms of age peculiarities and divided into two categories: texts for preschoolers and for young adolescents. In the works for preschoolers, dominant narratives are about child-centered and zoological families; this is explained by age specifics, since the texts are addressed specifically to children ages 3 to 7. The situation changes significantly in literature for teenagers, in which problems become global and insoluble; the proof is the replacement of the child-centered, multi-generational family with a personality-centered, incomplete, asocial one. These changes lead to misunderstandings between generations and to inevitable problems.

 

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types of families; children’s and youth literature; the role of family in the younger generation’s upbringing

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