ERIC Number: EJ844899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
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Reference Count: 72
Parenting Schemas and the Process of Change
Azar, Sandra T.; Nix, Robert L.; Makin-Byrd, Kerry N.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v31 n1 p45-58 Jan 2005
Parents' childrearing behaviors are guided by schemas of the caregiving role, their functioning in that role, what children need in general, and what their own children are like in particular. Sometimes, however, parenting schemas can be maladaptive because they are too rigid or simple, involve inappropriate content, or are dominated by negative affect. In this article, we describe parenting schemas and provide an overview of empirical work documenting the characteristics of maladaptive parenting schemas. We review how intervention practices common to multiple therapeutic approaches (cognitive-behavior therapy, family therapy, parent training, attachment-based interventions, and psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy) attempt to modify schemas to promote more optimal functioning among parents. We highlight how research in cognitive science may explain, in part, treatment effectiveness.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Child Rearing, Cognitive Psychology, Family Counseling, Psychotherapy, Parenting Styles, Parent Role, Childhood Needs, Affective Behavior, Parent Child Relationship, Intervention, Cognitive Restructuring, Infants, Counseling Effectiveness
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