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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 ...

The Aggressive Child as Agent in Coercive Family Processes
The aggressive child as agent in coercive family processes

In a landmark review, Maccoby and Martin (1983) concluded that bidirectionality was an inescapable perspective in the study of socialization. The behaviors of the parent and child are linked, one giving rise to the other, in cycles of reciprocal causality (Lollis & Kuczynski, 1997). In this chapter, we focus on the particular role of aggressive children in shaping troubled parent-child interactions, referred to by Patterson (1982) as coercive family processes. Through coercive family processes, children learn to utilize aversive responses to terminate the aversive behaviors of parents or siblings. Aggressive children soon learn to use this previously reactive response in a more proactive manner to control their interactions ...

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