Parent–Child Interaction

Parent–Child Interaction

Theory, Research, and Prospects

1st Edition - May 28, 1981

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  • Editor: Ronald W. Henderson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260730

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Parent-Child Interaction: Theory, Research, and Prospects is intended (a) to provide a synthesis of a segment of this growing body of literature on interrelationships between children and their parents; (b) to examine the theoretical implications of this research; (c) to review and assess common methodological approaches to the study of home environmental influences on the development of children; and (d) to identify directions future research must take if our understanding of family influences and their place in a broader sociocultural context is to be extended. The book is organized into three parts. Part I examines theory and research on major aspects of parent-child influence processes. Part II examines the methods employed in research on family environments and considers the unique features that distinguish research on home environmental influences from traditional educational research. Part III provides different perspectives on the application of psychological knowledge to socialization processes. This book is intended for educational and developmental psychologists with interests in socialization processes as well as for practitioners who design parental programs that minimize discontinuities between competing socialization influences. This volume will also prove useful in graduate courses in educational, developmental, and community psychology; as a reference for professionals involved in school psychology, school administration, and pupil personnel work; and for psychologists and social workers involved in youth service agencies, child guidance, diagnostic clinics, parent education, and family therapy.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    I Theory and Research

    1 Home Environment and Intellectual Performance

    Family Constellation

    Socioeconomic Status

    Home Environmental Variables

    The Cultures of School and Home: Continuities and Discontinuities


    2 Children and Divorce

    The Course of Divorce

    Variability in Response to Divorce

    The Child 's Changed Life Experiences following Divorce



    3 Social Learning Theory and the Development of Prosocial Behavior: a System for Research Integration

    General Introduction

    Theoretical Perspectives

    Implications from the Empirical Literature


    4 Parental and Peer Influences on Moral Development

    Theories of Moral Development

    Is Morality a Unitary Attribute?

    Parental Influences on Children's Moral Development

    Peers as Agents of Moral Socialization


    5 Maternal Behavior: Sociocultural Diversity in Modes of Family Interaction

    Research on Social and Ethnic Diversity

    The Interpretation of Observed Differences

    The Influence of Culture and Education on Maternal Behavior

    Maternal Competence: a Socioculturally Relativistic Interpretation


    6 The Family in Context: a Multilevel Interactional Analysis of Child Abuse

    The Scope of Abuse

    Social-Interactional Model of Child Abuse

    The Role of Culture in Child Abuse

    The Family as the Context of Child Abuse

    Critique: toward a Bidirectional Interactional Model

    A Developmental Perspective: the Case of Infancy

    Beyond the Parent-Child Dyad: the Family Triad as the Context for Abuse

    The Role of the Community in Modifying Family Interaction Patterns: an Ecological Analysis

    Modification of Child-Abusing Families



    II Measurement and Analysis

    7 Approaches to the Measurement and Interpretation of Parent-Child Interaction

    The Special Features of Families as Social Units

    The Diversity of Research on Parent-Child Interaction

    Issues of Design and Measurement in Family Research

    Naturally Occurring Experiments

    The Role of Cognitive Mediation in the Regulation of Family Interaction



    8 Methodology in Environmental Research

    Unique Components of Research on Home Environments

    Problems of Analysis and Inference

    Statistical Techniques in Environmental Research


    III Prospects

    9 Behavioral Consultation with Families

    Family Consultation from a Behavioral Perspective

    Communication in Family Consultation

    Consultation, Family, and Culture


    10 A Phenomenological Cost-Benefit Analysis Approach to Adolescence

    The Currency of Phenomenological Cost-Benefit Analyses

    The Arenas of Youth

    The Phenomenology of Youth: a Model and Some Prototypes

    The Limitations and Benefits of Phenomenological Analysis

    Differences between Phenomenological Research and That Which Now Dominates the Field




Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: May 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260730

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Ronald W. Henderson

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