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Families of VirtueConfucian and Western Views on Childhood Development$
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Erin Cline

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171557

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171557.001.0001

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Early Childhood Development and Evidence-Based Approaches to Parents, Children, and Moral Cultivation

Early Childhood Development and Evidence-Based Approaches to Parents, Children, and Moral Cultivation

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(p.189) 5 Early Childhood Development and Evidence-Based Approaches to Parents, Children, and Moral Cultivation
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Families of Virtue
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Erin M. Cline

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171557.003.0005

This chapter describes how Confucian views on infancy, childhood, parent–child relationships, and moral cultivation coheres with evidence concerning children development. The evidence examined in this chapter lends support to a number of early Confucian claims about the critical role that families play in a person's life, and especially the role that parents play in the lives and moral development of their children. Such evidence highlights the unique and irreplaceable importance of parent–child relationships during the earliest stages of infancy and childhood, and shows us the unparalleled consequences of sensitive, responsive parental care during these early weeks, months, and years of children's lives. As the Confucians argued, even during the prenatal period, a mother's behavior can have a tremendous impact on the future development of her child. This research supports the Confucian view that children's responses to parental caregiving serve as the foundation for the development of their character.

Keywords:   Confucian views, infancy, childhood, parent–child relationships, moral cultivation, development, character

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