Issues leading to argumentative discussions during family mealtime conversations

Antonio Bova*

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in libroChapter


This paper sets out to investigate the issues leading parents and children aged 3-7 years to argumentative discussions during mealtimes. The research design implies a corpus of 30 video-recorded separate meals of 10 middle to upper-middle-class Swiss and Italian families. The findings of this study indicate that the argumentative discussions between parents and children unfold around issues that are generated both by parental directives and children’s requests. The results of this study suggest that argumentative discussions during family mealtime are not mere conflictual episodes that must be avoided, but they have a crucial educational function
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteReason to Dissent: Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Argumentation, Volume II
EditorCD Novaes, H Jansen, JA van Laar, B Verheij
Numero di pagine13
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Family
  • Parent-Child interaction
  • ideal model of a critical discussion
  • mealtime
  • qualitative research


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