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Several institutional and other sources of socialization exist and are called agents of socialization. The first of these, the family, is certainly the most important agent of socialization for infants and young children.

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Try our new reader? Click here Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition, v. 1.0by Steven E. Barkan3.3 Agents of SocializationLearning Objectives1. Identify five agents of socialization.2. Describe good and bad aspects of the socialization these agents produce.Several institutional and other sources of socialization exist and are called agents of socialization. The first of these, the family, is certainly the most important agent of socialization for infants and young children.The FamilyShould parents get the credit when their children turn out to be good kids and even go on to accomplish great things in life? Should they get the blame if their children turn out to be bad? No parent deserves all the credit or blame for their childrens successes and failures in life, but the evidence indicates that our parents do affect us profoundly. In many ways, we even end up resembling our parents in more than just appearance.Figure 3.6 The family is perhaps the most important agent of socialization for children. Parents values and behavior patterns profoundly influence those of their daughters and sons. ThinkstockThe reason we turn out much like our parents, for better or worse, is that our families are such an important part of our socialization process. When we are born, our primary caregivers are almost always one or both of our parents. For several years we have more contact with them than with any other adults. Because this contac

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