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ERIC Number: ED113636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 18
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Family Psychopathology in Parent-Child Relationships.
Lowitt, Michael F.; And Others
Present research questions the traditional unidimensional model in childhood psychopathology. Not only do parents influence the development of their offspring, they, in turn, are influenced by them. The infant is an active agent, affected by and affecting those around him. The infant emerges as a primary source of influence--often in the direction of the malevolent distortion of the caregiver's attention. This study further suggests that the family has the properties of a dynamic social unit wherein reciprocal interaction effects appear to be intrinsically related to sources of control or command over others. For example, fathers of children in psychotherapy were consistently and significantly more controlling than the normative group. Fathers of hyperkinetic children tended to have extreme scores, high or low, on a measure of hierarchical control. More systematic exploration of family life along the dimensions of power, influence, and susceptibility to influence is needed to increase the understanding of why and how specific individuals within a family succumb to pathology. (Author/SJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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