CHDV/FACS 154 (03)
Issues in Parenting - Fall, 2012


Theory and Parenting

I. Sources for Ideas about Parenting Practice

A. Philosophers




B. Physicians




C. Religion




D. Psychologists





E. Developmental Theory and Research




II. Developmental theory and Parent-Child relationships

A.     Freud and Psychoanalytic theory





B.     Learning Theories

1.      Strict Behaviorist






2.      Social Learning Theory





C.     Constructivist - Piaget






D.     Maturational and Biological Perspectives

1.      Gesell





2.      Evolutionary Approaches





3.      Behavior genetics





E.      Attachment Theory






F. Systems/contextual theories

1.      Vygotsky







2.      Bronfenbrenner






III. Translating Theory into Practice

A.   G. Stanley Hall




B. Psycholanalytic influences





C. The influence of behaviorism (Watson)





D. Modern influences

1. Spock




2. Attachment parenting




3. Brazelton and Greenspan





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Updated: January 20, 2012

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