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 in Parent-Child Relations will appeal to academics, professionals, graduate students, and senior-level undergraduates involved with Developmental Psychology, Family Science, Human Ecology, and Family Sociology.
Chapter 10: Meta-Parenting in the Journey of Child Rearing: A Cognitive Mechanism for Change
Meta-Parenting in the Journey of Child Rearing: A Cognitive Mechanism for Change
Although it is commonly known that the single most fundamental issue in developmental psychology is the dynamic between continuity and change in children (e.g., Cairns, 1979; Maccoby, 1984), it is less well recognized that this is also an essential issue in the study of parenting (Holden & Miller, 1999). Continuity and change in child rearing are central issues for understanding both ongoing parent-child relationships and how parents may affect their children's development. Furthermore, the ability to modify parental behavior has important implications for interventions into many types of social problems, ranging from child maltreatment to health, school, and conduct problems ...