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I'm studying the self-fulfilling prophecy in sociology right now and I'm quite confused on why there would be a greater effect on younger children. any answer would be useful
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I'm studying the self-fulfilling prophecy in sociology right now and I'm quite confused on why there would be a greater effect on younger children. any answer would be useful
Hi, I did sociology at A level and I vaguely remember reading about this. I am not fully sure why this has a greater effect on younger children... but if my memory serves me well it could be due to the fact that young children are more easily socialized. Schools, parents, siblings etc... all have a role as agents of socialization so if they essentially 'teach' a young child that they are super smart/gifted or not very smart etc they are more likely to adopt that belief about themselves since they are young and more impressionable. This results in them fulfilling this 'prophecy'.

This may be a stretch but if you recall learning about feral children it may help you understand how younger children are more likely to be affected by self-fulfilling prophecies. Labelling theory (under the education unit) is similar to the self-fulfilling prophecy - its basically a subset of the overall 'self fulfilling prophecy' theory.

I know that isn't the most scientific explanation but I can try to find my notes and refer back to what I learned. I don't remember it being a hugely important topic but perhaps its different based on exam board?

Hope that helps! Feel free to reach out if you have more questions
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I'm studying the self-fulfilling prophecy in sociology right now and I'm quite confused on why there would be a greater effect on younger children. any answer would be useful
Oh also.. I found this website really helped me when I was studying. https://revisesociology.com/tag/self...ling-prophecy/ You may have already come across it but this section delves a bit deeper into the labelling theory + self fulfilling prophecy
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Hi, I did sociology at A level and I vaguely remember reading about this. I am not fully sure why this has a greater effect on younger children... but if my memory serves me well it could be due to the fact that young children are more easily socialized. Schools, parents, siblings etc... all have a role as agents of socialization so if they essentially 'teach' a young child that they are super smart/gifted or not very smart etc they are more likely to adopt that belief about themselves since they are young and more impressionable. This results in them fulfilling this 'prophecy'.

This may be a stretch but if you recall learning about feral children it may help you understand how younger children are more likely to be affected by self-fulfilling prophecies. Labelling theory (under the education unit) is similar to the self-fulfilling prophecy - its basically a subset of the overall 'self fulfilling prophecy' theory.

I know that isn't the most scientific explanation but I can try to find my notes and refer back to what I learned. I don't remember it being a hugely important topic but perhaps its different based on exam board?

Hope that helps! Feel free to reach out if you have more questions
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thank you so much, this is so helpful. what exam board did you do? i'm doing aqa atm
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thank you so much, this is so helpful. what exam board did you do? i'm doing aqa atm
No worries! Glad that was helpful My exam board was CIE. 3 papers - family, theory + methods, social inequality (education, globalization, media, religion).

I also mentioned this thread on another thread I saw about a level sociology...You can find it here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...852&highlight=
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