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Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations provides an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective on theory, research, and methodology of dynamic processes in parent-child relations. Edited by distinguished scholar Leon Kuczynski, this accessible volume is divided into six parts. Part I concerns dyadic processes in parent-child relationships and provides the conceptual grounding for the volume as a whole. Parts II and III examine the agency of the child and the agency of the parent, respectively. Part IV considers dynamics in the parent-child dyad as they are mediated by or impact on various lifespan, cultural, and ecological contexts. Part 5 addresses the methodological implications of adopting a dynamic process view of parent-child relations. Part 6 weighs future directions for theory, research, and practice. Interdisciplinary in scope, Handbook of Dynamics ...

Parent-Child Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Parent-child relations in cross-cultural perspective
GiselaTrommsdorffHans-JoachimKornadt
Culture and Parent-Child Relations

This chapter aims to contribute to the discussion about the quality of parent-child relations from a cross-cultural perspective. Kuczynski and the other authors in this volume are critical of the traditional and widely accepted assumption that parent-child relations are characterized by a static, asymmetric power structure and unidirectional causality—that is, that parents influence their children's development, but not vice versa. In contrast, the concept of a bidirectional parent-child relation recognizes the influence, agency, and power of the child. In line with Kuczynski, the present chapter starts with the assumption that parent-child relations are bidirectional in many aspects. In addition, however, it points out that parent-child interactions are embedded in a broader sociocultural context ...

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