Personality and Family Development: An Intergenerational Longitudinal Comparison

1st Edition

Klaus A. Schneewind, Stefan Ruppert

Psychology Press
Published May 7, 2015
Reference - 340 Pages
ISBN 9781138882874 - CAT# Y180154

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Summary

This unique volume presents the results of a study of 200 German families over a period of 16 years from 1976 to 1992. This study--the findings of which yield a host of new insights into the dynamics of cross-generational personality and family development--is based on an ecopsychological framework comprising four levels of developmental analyses:
* individual level--personality development, critical life events, and corresponding coping strategies;
* dyadic relationships level--changes in parent-child relationships across time and development of marital relationships;
* family relationship level--development of family climate and its impact on current dyadic relationships; and
* contextual/ecological level--perceived changes in societal conditions, corresponding patterns of personality and coping strategies.

The authors focus on the important ideas and keep methodological details to a minimum in the text. Technical issues having to do with data analysis, etc., are discussed in an appendix.

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