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E v e n w h e n d e v e l o p m e n t a l a n a l o g u e s are a p p l i e d to family variables s u c h as m a r r i a g e ( e . g . , A l d o u s , 1974; Hill & R o d g e r s , 1 9 6 4 ) , t h e c o n c e p t of d e v e l o p m e n t is u s e d in a s e n s e that p e r t a i n s to c h a n g e s in family r e l a t i o n s r a t h e r t h a n to c h a n g i n g i n d i v i d u a l s w i t h i n t h e s e c h a n g ing c o n t e x t s . M a r r i a g e d e v e l o p m e n t n e e d s to b e a n a l y z e d in a m a n n e r that g i v e s as m u c h e m p h a s i s to o n t o g e n e s i s as to g r o u p s t r u c t u r e s .

T h r o u g h o u t the h e y d a y of the "social m o l d " theories biogenetic factors r e c e i v e d relatively little a t t e n t i o n a m o n g s t u d e n t s o f s o c i a l i z a tion. O n l y in t h e w o r k o f ( G e s e l l , 1 9 2 9 ; W e r n e r , 1 9 4 8 ; P i a g e t , 1 9 5 1 ) w a s m u c h a t t e n t i o n p a i d to t h e role o f m a t u r a t i o n a l p r o c e s s e s in social d e v e l o p m e n t . T h i s s e e m s to h a v e b e e n l e s s a c o n s c i o u s e x c l u s i o n o n t h e part o f t h e m a j o r " s o c i a l m o l d " i n v e s t i g a t o r s t h a n it w a s a p r a g m a t i c choice; during the 1940s and 1950s, the biogenetic and cognitive sciences w e r e in an u n p r o d u c t i v e p e r i o d .

A n i n t e r a c t i o n a l a p p r o a c h to t h e m o t h e r - i n f a n t d y a d . In M . L e w i s & L . A . R o s e n b l u m ( E d s . ) , The effect of the infant on its caregiver. New York: Wiley, 1974. Looft, W . R. S o c i a l i z a t i o n a n d p e r s o n a l i t y t h r o u g h o u t t h e life s p a n : A n e x a m i n a t i o n o f c o n t e m p o r a r y p s y c h o l o g i c a l a p p r o a c h e s . In P . B . B a l t e s & K. W . S c h a i e ( E d s . ) , span developmental psychology: Personality Life- N e w York: A c a d e m i c Press, and socialization.

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