Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Socialization Processes in Families

  • Cadmona A. HallEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_549

Name of Concept

Socialization Processes in Families


Socialization refers to the process where people learn the necessary skills to function appropriately in their environment. This is a lifelong practice that includes customs, attitudes, behaviors, rules, morals, values, and expectations for both acceptable and unacceptable relational engagement in society. Socialization includes the ways a person accepts and internalizes the standards and societal values that dictate the norms of their community. It provides a framework that helps people make sense of their place in the world and clarifies expectations for how people respond to each other in relationships. The most influential source of socialization is the family.

While family composition and structure are varied (i.e., blended families, adoptive families, single-parent families, two-parent families with lesbian, gay, or heterosexual parents, foster families, grandparent-headed, kinship, etc.), one of the essential tasks...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Couple and Family TherapyAdler UniversityChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA