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Family influences on psychological development

Belsky, Jay (2008) Family influences on psychological development. Psychiatry 7 (7), pp. 282-285. ISSN 1476-1793.

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Early in life, infants develop attachment relationships that contribute to their wellbeing and are shaped by the sensitivity of their parent/caregiver. Sensitive-responsive parenting further predicts higher levels of cognitive and social functioning through the early and middle-childhood years. Parental knowledge of a child’s friends and awareness of how the child spends his/her time become particularly important during the adolescent years. Hostility, harsh discipline and coercive control undermine wellbeing throughout childhood. Some evidence indicates that effects of parenting vary by family race-ethnicity and by child emotional and genetic characteristics. Also contributing to children’s development is the quality of marital relations and the stability of family life.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): attachment security, child psychiatry, coercive control, gene–environment interaction, marital quality
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 14:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18

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