Parent Theory


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Parent Theory

Monday, December 7, 2009

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Psychology Section


Parenting research enjoys a rich history in psychology. Much of the psychological study has focused on disciplinary or socialization styles as well as a continuum from supportive to harsh parenting practices. To be sure, regardless of specific dimension emphasized, parenting is related to multiple, potential child developmental outcomes including, for instance, academic achievement, attachment, emotion regulation, and social skills. Although research covers decades of study, there are few theoretical frameworks specific to parents and the important parenting activities they perform. This presentation addresses parent theory and also considers some of the evidence-based psychological practice issues in terms of assessment, consultation, and intervention.


Barbara Mowder, PhD

Pace University

Barbara A. Mowder, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Psychology Program and Director of the Graduate Psychology Program at Pace University in New York City. Dr. Mowder’ research, scholarship, and creative works focus on early childhood and infant psychology, parent role and child developmental outcomes, parenting, and violence prevention. She is an active in many professional organizations such as American Psychological Association, Association of Early Childhood and Infant Psychologists, and Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs

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