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Discuss the two basic styles of social interaction and the ways they can affect the development and

From a wide variety of possible styles of social interaction that might inevitably play a role in the development of independence and conformative behaviour in children, Subbotsky (1976) choose two styles which he considered to be particularly relevant to the development of independent and conformative behaviour. The first being an authoritarian style the second a democratic style, of which he wrote; In an authoritarian style of social interaction (ASI) one party has the opportunity of controlling, and in fact does control, the action of another in his or her interests; the other party does not have this possibility. In a democratic style of social interaction (DSI) , both parties have equal rights to control, and indeed do control, each other's actions according to certain common rules or programmes. (1).

Subbotsky's decision to choose these two basic styles of social interaction was based on previous experiments he had conducted to determine which styles of interaction enhanced dependency in a child's behaviour. He found that when a child was put in a situation whereby they were allowed to take a

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