ERIC Number: EJ1111208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
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A Review of 25 Years of Research in Bidirectionality in Parent-Child Relationships: An Examination of Methodological Approaches
Paschall, Katherine W.; Mastergeorge, Ann M.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v40 n5 p442-451 Sep 2016
The concept of bidirectionality represents a process of mutual influence between parent and child, whereby each influences the other as well as the dyadic relationship. Despite the widespread acceptance of bidirectional models of influence, there is still a lack of integration of such models in current research designs. Research on bidirectionality could be strengthened through the adoption of advanced methodologies, including behavioral-genetic research designs and advanced structural equation modeling. The aim of this empirical review is to further advance the study of bidirectionality by evaluating the evidence from 25 years of bidirectionality research in infancy and early childhood. The review indicates significant advancements in the use of methods that address the ecological validity of bidirectional effects, as well as areas that continue to rely on correlational designs to detect bidirectional effects. We describe analytic approaches that may improve the specificity of bidirectionality evidence and highlight gene-environment interaction designs as a promising area for future bidirectionality research.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational History, Parent Child Relationship, Interaction, Interaction Process Analysis, Influences, Genetics, Environmental Influences, Structural Equation Models, Infants, Preschool Children, Evidence, Correlation, Research Design, Individual Characteristics, Risk, Psychopathology, Educational Trends, Models, Socialization, Literature Reviews
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