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Child Influences on Marital and Family Interaction - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124444508, 9781483266138

Child Influences on Marital and Family Interaction

1st Edition

A Life-Span Perspective

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Editors: Richard M Lerner Graham B. Spanier
eBook ISBN: 9781483266138
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th November 1978
Page Count: 378
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Child Influences on Marital and Family Interaction: A Life-Span Perspective book grew out of a conference sponsored by the Division of Individual and Family Studies in the College of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University in April, 1977. The chapters for this volume are revised versions of the papers originally presented at the conference. The book explores the conceptual, methodological, and empirical issues in the study of the child and his or her family. It details how the age-normative and atypical development of the child contributes to the parents' marital quality and to the entire family's interaction patterns across the life-span of both the child and parents. Consequently, the child is seen as capable of contributing to marriage and family relationships not only when he or she is in utero, a neonate, or an infant, but also when the child reaches middle and late childhood, adolescence, and the adulthood and aged years as well.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


1 A Dynamic Interactional View of Child and Family Development

I. Introduction: The Need to Consider Individual-Social Interfaces

II. A Life-Span View of Human Development and Social Interaction

III. Dynamic Interactions of Development

IV. Methodological and Research Implications of Child-Family Interactions

V. The Plan of This Book


2 Perspectives on Child and Family Interaction: Past, Present, and Future

I. Introduction

II. The Past

III. The Present

IV. The Future


3 The Child's Social World

I. Introduction

II. Nature and Function of Social Objects

III. Process of Effect

IV. Conclusions


4 The Developing Child and Marital Satisfaction of Parents

I. Introduction

II. Empirical Evidence of the Impact of Children on Marital Satisfaction

III. A Theory of Family Career Transitions and Marital Satisfaction


5 Research Methods and Developmental Reciprocity in Families

I. Introduction

II. Reciprocity and Developmental Analysis

III. Data Collection Parameters and Profiles

IV. Taking Stock of the Developmental Study of Family Reciprocity

V. Conclusion


6 Influence of the Child on Marital Quality and Family Interaction during the Prenatal, Perinatal, and Infancy Periods

I. Introduction

II. The Prenatal Period

III. The Perinatal Period

IV. The Infancy Period

V. Children's Contribution to Their Own Abuse

VI. Conclusion


7 Influences of Children on Marital Interaction and Parental Satisfactions and Dissatisfactions

I. Introduction

II. Children and Traditionalism

III. The Marital Relationship

IV. Satisfactions and Dissatisfactions of Parenthood

V. Conclusions


8 Youth and Their Parents: Feedback and Intergenerational Influence in Socialization

I. Introduction

II. Transmission: Intergenerational Contrast and Similarity

III. Feelings: Solidarity, Affect, and Attachment

IV. Generation Processes: Societal and Individual

V. Feedback: A Model of Reciprocal Effects Between Generations

VI. Conclusion


9 Parent and Child in Later Life: Rethinking the Relationship

I. Introduction

II. Characteristics of Intergenerational Relationships in Later Life

III. Age and Cohort Differences

IV. Factors Tending to Attenuate Intergenerational Bonds

V. Factors Tending to Preserve and Prolong the Intergenerational Bond

VI. Consequences, Issues, and Trends

VII. Conclusion


10 The Influence of Children's Developmental Dysfunctions on Marital Quality and Family Interaction

I. Introduction

II. Parental Reactions to the Recognition of Their Child as Handicapped

III. Parental Attachment and Parental Roles

IV. The Childhood Years

V. The Adolescent and Adult Years

VI. Parental Personalities and Marital Integration

VII. The Handicapped Person's Siblings and Family

VIII. The Extended Family

IX. Conclusion


11 The Impact of Children's Physical Handicaps on Marital Quality and Family Interaction

I. Introduction

II. The Rubella Birth Defect Evaluation Project

III. Characteristics of the Sample

IV. Procedure for Collecting Data

V. Impact of the Child on Marital Quality and Family Interaction

VI. Characteristics of Handicapped Children and Their Parents in Families with Marital Discord and Family Disruptions

VII. Sociofamilial Attributes: Demographic and Attitudinal

VIII. Demographic and Physical Attributes of the Handicapped Child

IX. Psychological-Behavioral Attributes of the Child

X. Conclusions


12 The Study of Child-Family Interactions: a Perspective for the Future

I. Introduction

II. A Synthesis of Perspectives

III. Child-Family Interactions and Life-Span Research

IV. Issues in Marital Quality and Family Interaction

V. Conclusions




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Richard M Lerner

Graham B. Spanier

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