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ERIC Number: EJ696739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0091-0627
Rigidity in Parent-Child Interactions and the Development of Externalizing and Internalizing Behavior in Early Childhood
Hollenstein, Tom; Granic, Isabela; Stoolmiller, Mike; Snyder, James
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v32 n6 p595 Dec 2004
The content of parent-child interactions is often used to predict problem behaviors in early childhood. There is a general agreement that interactions characterized as mutually hostile, harsh, permissive, or overcontrolling contribute to a wide spectrum of child psychopathologies. This paper aims to extend this research by shifting the focus of investigation from the content to the structure of family interactions. Structure refers to the relative flexibility versus rigidity (6) of the behavioral interaction of parent-child dyads. Until recently, structural analyses of family patterns were largely inaccessible because of the dearth of methodologies appropriate for such analyses (Granic & Hollenstein, 2003; Hinshaw, 2002; Richters, 1997; Sameroff & Chandler, 1975). The present study addresses this gap by resurrecting the concept of rigidity and by employing a new dynamic systems (DS) methodology (state space grids [SSGs]) to examine the relation of the development of psychopathology to the structure of parent-child interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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