Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Interaction between Parents and Children by Laura Stafford and Cherie L. Bayer

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Interaction between Parents and Children by Laura Stafford and Cherie L. Bayer

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Interaction Between Parents and Children. Laura Stafford & Cherie L. Bayer. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 1993. 212 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-3474-2. $46 cloth, $22.50 paper.

Because studies of parent-child interaction are found in numerous journals serving diverse disciplines, keeping abreast of this burgeoning literature is difficult. In this book, Laura Stafford and Cherie Bayer endeavor "to offer an interdisciplinary integration of recent Western (primarily American) research on parent-child interaction in the "traditional family structure" (p. x).. To keep the scope of the book manageable, they review research related to three child outcomes: (a) self-control (e.g., compliance, internalization of values and beliefs), (b) self-concept (e.g., self-esteem and locus of control), and (c) communication competencies (e.g., language skills).

Peterson and Rollins' (1987) tripartite framework is used to organize the literature. Studies of parent-child interaction are influenced by underlying assumptions about who affects whom and to what extent. The earliest studies assumed that parenting behavior shaped child outcomes (the unidirectional approach). Subsequent research often emphasized, the influence of the child on the parent or the reciprocal nature of parent-child interaction (bidrectional approach). The third approach is a family systems perspective; each person in the family influences, and is influenced by, all other family members and their relationships.

In Chapter 4, Stafford and Bayer provide an overview of research from the unidirectional perspective, and, in Chapter 5, they review studies on the three child outcomes (e. …

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