The Nurture Assumption

The Nurture Assumption

Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do

Book - 1999
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Argues that child development is influenced primarily by their peers--other children--rather than by their parents.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1999, c1998
ISBN: 9780684844091
0684844095
9780684857077
0684857073
Branch Call Number: 305.231 HAR
Characteristics: xviii, 462 p. ;,24 cm

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danielestes
Aug 13, 2014

Oh boy. Judith Rich Harris is poking the bear with this one. I can hear the helicopter parents descending now. Here come the emotional counterattacks.

The aggravating part is that I believe her, I sincerely do, even after lumbering through her unnecessarily long and repetitive case against the nurture assumption. Her arguments appeal to both science and experience. That's my kind of persuasion. Still, her claim would be stronger if had it been made in half as many pages.

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jwathome
Jan 03, 2010

Perhaps this was news when it was first written. Now, in 2010, it seems self evident that peers (and society in general) have far more influence on children (especially teens!) than parents.

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