A Closer Look at Parenting

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Learning Objectives

  • 3:1:  Apply Attachment Theory to our modern definition of “family”.
  • 3.2:  Identify different parenting styles.
  • 3.3:  Describe how parenting develops over time.


Parenting styles influence the development of children’s social and emotional growth.  It is a major area of study for developmental psychologists.  We will examine a variety of parenting styles and analyze how culture impacts them.  We will also define attachment theory and discuss its application to our evolving definition of “family” that we explored in Chapters 1 and 2.

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