Childhood 

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  • Childhood
    • Childhood is a social construct
      • Cross-cultural differences in childhood
        • They have more responsibility at home and work
        • Less value is placed on obedience to adult authority
        • Children's sexual behaviour is often viewed differently
      • Childhood in the west
        • Childhood is seen as a special, innocent time in life
        • Children are seen as fundamentally different from adults- as physically immature and cot competent to run their own life
        • As a result, they need a lengthy, protect period of nurturing and socialization
    • Historical differences in childhood
      • Children were not seen as having a different "nature" from adults
      • Work began at an early age
      • Children seen as mini adults with the same rights, duties and skills as adults

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