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ERIC Number: ED168719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 14
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The Interrelation of Parenting, Spousal Interaction and Infant Competence: A Suggestive Analysis.
Belsky, Jay
This paper argues that researchers should not investigate child development simply through studies of the child alone or mother-infant interactions, but rather through studies of the family as a system. Data is reported which seem to support this view. A review of recent literature indicates that an adequate account of child development requires an interdisciplinary effort involving family sociology and developmental psychology. A conceptual model is proposed in which there are reciprocal interrelations between the child's development, parental behaviors, and husband-wife interactions. Data drawn from a previously published study appear to support this model with respect to interrelations (1) between paternal (and maternal to a lesser degree) parental behaviors and husband-wife interactions, (2) between parental behavior and infant exploratory competence and (3) between infant competence and husband-wife interactions. Further research about these interrelations as they change over time is recommended. (BH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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