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W. Andrew Collins & Stephanie D. Madsen

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 3: Developmental Change in Parenting Interactions

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Developmental Change in Parenting Interactions
Developmental change in parenting interactions
W. AndrewCollinsStephanie D.Madsen

Interaction is the basic unit of dyadic behavior, reflecting not only the actions of the parent or the child but also the conjoint functioning of the two individuals. In aggregation, the interactions experienced over time by a particular parent-child pair constitute their relationship (Hinde & Stevenson-Hinde, 1987). The significance of parent-child relationships and the interactions that constitute them have been overshadowed in research on parenting by the theoretical and practical behemoth, “What actions by parents are especially significant in socialization?” (Collins, 1999, in press; Maccoby, 1992). Dynamic approaches to parenting (Kuczynski, Chapter 1, this volume) begin with the premise that the transmission of behavior patterns, attitudes, and valueslong considered to be the function of ...

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