PSYC 426: Psychology of Families and Parenting Report a Broken Link

Psychology of Families and Parenting is a senior-level course that explores in-depth issues related to parenting and family relationships. Incorporating both theory and research, this course encourages critical analysis through the exploration of different perspectives and different research findings. Students will discover that the issues surrounding families and their study are complex.

Topics of exploration include the influences of nature, nurture, and culture; prediction of marital outcomes, divorce, families with same-sex parents, adoptive families, religion and spirituality, dual-income families, gender roles, parental age, and childfree families.

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Daly, K. (2004) Contemporary family trends: The changing culture of parenting. Vanier Institute on the Family.
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Click on Chapter 4 in table of contents.
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Read sections on the history behind the development of the study of gene-environment correlations and interactions (pp. 226–228) and gene-environment correlations (pp. 238–240).
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Berrington, A., Diamond, I., Ingham, R., Stevenson, J., Borgoni, R., Cobos Hernández, M. I., et al. (2005) Consequences of teenage parenthood: Pathways which minimise the long term negative impacts of teenage childbearing. Final Report – November 2005.Southampton, UK: University of Southampton. (Executive summary, pp. 4–9).
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Read pages 347–355.
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