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Theodore Dix & Sylvia H. Branca

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 9: Parenting as a Goal-Regulation Process

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Parenting as a Goal-Regulation Process
Parenting as a goal-regulation process
TheodoreDixSylvia H.Branca

The idea that human behavior is goal directed has been prominent in psychology for most of its 150-year history. From seminal early writings (e.g., Freud, 1923/1960; Hull, 1943; Lewin, 1935; Tolman, 1932) to more recent classics (e.g., Miller, Galanter, & Pribram, 1960; Schank & Abelson, 1977), human behavior has been seen to be purposive, that is, initiated, directed, and motivated by people's desire to satisfy basic drives or promote other concerns and objectives. Yet, despite their importance to psychology in general, goal concepts rarely have been used to understand parenting. Little attention has been directed at how parenting and child development are influenced by the processes that parents use to select and change goals and ...

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