Kids often acquire liberal or conservative beliefs based on the behaviors and attitudes of their parents, grandparents or other key adult figures in their lives.
For example, my friend, Ann, grew up in a family of Democrats.
This refers to the system of general political traditions, customs and beliefs of the family.
Though most parents don't include their children in political discussions, kids pick up on casual remarks made between adults and acquire the same political beliefs.
Typically, family is the most important political influence early in our lives.
Have you ever heard someone refer to herself as a 'lifelong Democrat' or 'lifelong Republican'? Can small children have a political party affiliation, an identification with a particular political party? Though most kids don't understand the intricacies of party affiliation, they can align themselves with political parties.We would also like to acknowledge the support of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (Award no: ES/K006398/1). As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence ( which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.University of Sheffield, Department of Politics (email: [email protected]); University of Sheffield, School of Law (email: [email protected]); University of Sheffield, School of Law (email: [email protected]); Sciences Po, Paris, Centre d’Études Européennes (email: [email protected]); University of Southampton, Department of Politics and International Relations (email: [email protected]).A lot of different factors affect a person's political socialization.Personal factors, such as your family, social and economic classes, education and peer groups, all influence your political values. Gray, Emily Grasso, Maria Farrall, Stephen Jennings, Will and Hay, Colin 2018.Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi.More general items, like the mass media and key world events, also affect your political values.Let's take a look at how each of these factors plays a role in political socialization.