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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 ...

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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