The Nature and Operation of Social Norms

  • Peter C. Scales
Part of the The Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society book series (SISS, volume 2)


The available evidence suggests that cultural assumptions and social norms about the appropriate roles of parents and unrelated adults may be a significant force that keeps many adults from contributing more positively to the development of the young people around them. In other words, the ambivalence American adults seem to have about their relationships with children and youth other than their own may stem from a lack of clarity and consensus about how they are expected to behave, and about the perceived consequences, both positive and negative, for behaving one way or another.


Young People Social Norm Prosocial Behavior Young Person Social Expectation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Scales
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  1. 1.Search InstituteMinneapolisUSA

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