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Taboo themes in the family

Suzana Šumrada (2017) Taboo themes in the family. Diploma thesis.

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    Unfortunately children cannot be protected from all harm, so it rests on the adults to properly prepare them for difficult moments in life and to familiarize them with the so-called “taboo themes”. These are the themes children are interested in and which they want to discuss, but sadly, adults prefer to avoid such conversations. With the help of five preschool-children mothers, I conducted a research on which taboo themes parents consider both appropriate and inappropriate to talk about with preschool children, and whether parents discuss taboo themes with their children. The research also focused on how parents handle these conversations and how they feel about the approach towards taboo themes in children’s literature, media, kindergartens and schools. The results show that all mothers except one see taboo themes as appropriate to talk about with preschool children, on condition they are presented in a way that is suitable. Most interviewees have stated that in their families, taboo themes are discussed spontaneously, when children ask a question or in some other way show interest in these themes. Conversations about taboo themes do not cause any serious troubles or discomfort to three interviewees, whereas the rest of them find it hard to choose words children of this age would understand. The interviewed mothers have not yet encountered taboo themes in children’s literature, but all of them have come across these themes in the media. Three interviewees have said that in the media, taboo themes are sufficiently represented, much more than they were in the past. The two other interviewees believe that these themes are discussed too frequently and that the extent to which the media influence people’s lives is in general too great. Two of the interviewed mothers think that kindergartens and schools should pay more attention to taboo themes. Two other interviewees feel that the amount of time these institutions spend on dealing with taboo themes is appropriate, but one of them also explains that such conversations are primarily the duty of parents. The fifth interviewee holds a different view, as she believes kindergartens and schools already meddle in family matters too much and too early in a child’s development. The results of the research show that when it comes to taboo themes, the opinion of all but one of the interviewed mothers is more or less the same as the one the experts have. The results can’t be generalised due to a very small sample, but they still offer an insight into different dilemmas, which other preschool-children parents are undoubtedly faced with as well.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: taboo themes, preschool children, parents, kindergarten
    Number of Pages: 37
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič ZorecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11617353)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4531
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 14:39
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 14:39
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4531

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