ERIC Number: ED142320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
A Brief Review of Child Effects Research.
Bates, John E.
This paper outlines the research on the reciprocal effects of children and parents on one another and briefly discusses the methods and concepts currently employed in the area. Three types of observational studies are identified: (1) parent-infant studies in which slow-motion and stop-frame video pictures are used to analyze minute details of parent-child interaction, (2) parent-infant studies in which data is collected with a structured coding system which then yields sequential probability data, and (3) parent-older child observations. Three types of experimental studies are also identified: paradigms using imaginary or artifical adult-child interactions; those using actual, immediate interaction; and those involving ongoing rather than ad hoc relationships. Problems associated with the use of observational and experimental studies are discussed. Finally, it is suggested that child effects should be viewed as one part of a bidirectional system and that investigations be made into the means by which children's influences on adults may partly determine their own development. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, 1977)