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E. Mark Cummings & Alice C. Schermerhorn

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 5: A Developmental Perspective on Children as Agents in the Family

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A Developmental Perspective on Children as Agents in the Family
A developmental perspective on children as agents in the family
E. MarkCummingsAlice C.Schermerhorn
Introduction

Increasing emphasis is being placed on processes-oriented perspectives concerning the effects of family functioning on children (Cummings & Davies, in press; Cummings, Davies, & Campbell, 2000). That is, demonstrating simply that family factors (e.g., parenting practices, marital conflict) predict children's functioning and adjustment, in the context of essentially correlational models, has reached a point of diminishing returns. An emerging consensus is that next steps in research are to understand the processes and pathways that account for children's outcomes, including mediators and moderators of effects on children, in an effort to create more sophisticated explanatory models of and predictions of the course of normal and ...

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