The Initial Phase of the Argumentative Discussions Between Parents and Children

  • Antonio BovaEmail author


This chapter examines the initial phase of parent–child argumentative discussions during mealtime. The conceptual tool adopted for the analysis is based on the pragma-dialectical ideal model of a critical discussion (van Eemeren & Grootendorst, 2004). The types of issues leading parents and children to engage in argumentative discussions during mealtime as well as the contribution that parents and children provide to the inception of argumentation are described and discussed. The analysis of the initial phase of parent–child argumentative discussions also considers the role played by the specificity of the parent–child relationship and the distinctive features of the activity of family mealtime for the beginning of an argumentative discussion. Exemplary argumentative sequences that bring to light the results obtained through the qualitative analysis of a larger corpus of argumentative discussions between parents and children are presented and discussed.


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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