Social contact versus bodily contact: a qualitative difference between father and mother for the son's masculine identity

Behavior Science Research Vol/Iss. 13 Published In Pages: 273-285
By Kitahara, Michio


This article draws on psychoanalytic theory and a previous study by Whiting (1964) to test the relationship between parent-child sleeping arrangements, particularly the implied social distance of fathers, and the presence of circumcision for males. Circumcision is assumed to be a social correction for mother-oriented personality in sons.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
OtherOther ResearchersRecoded Whiting (1964) data on parent-child sleeping arrangements. Used 111 societies from Whiting's original 177.

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