Child Influences on Marital and Family Interaction

Child Influences on Marital and Family Interaction

A Life-Span Perspective

1st Edition - November 28, 1978

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  • Editors: Richard M Lerner, Graham B. Spanier
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266138

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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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 378
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: November 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266138

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Richard M Lerner

Graham B. Spanier

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