Psychology of Parenting

What does it take to be a parent?  Many would argue that it takes more than a "simple," one-time genetic contribution.  Our society is comprised of a diverse array of people and thus, a diverse array of parents.  What makes parents different?  What makes them the same?  This course will survey the theoretical background of parenting (e.g., attitudes, cognitions, behavioral practices) and will examine how various family and parental characteristics influence children's developmental experiences.

Course-Related Information:
Social Events
Table of Topics and Assignments
Web Page Project
Student Web Pages
"Thinking it Over" Baby Activity
Guidelines for Reading Empirical Articles
Form for dissecting a journal article

Related Links:

Zero to Three Organization a national non-profit organization committed to strengthening and supporting families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers
I am Your Child Organization:   a national public awareness campaign to make early childhood development a top priority for our nation
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):  
a governmental agency that promotes research and informs policy on children and families