Parent-child relationships and children's socio-emotional development;
Different aspects (domains) of parenting and their consequences for children's socialization and well-being;
Cultural context as a moderator of the linkages between parenting practices and child outcomes;
The effects of personality characteristics on parenting;
The development of concern for others
Three different aspects of responsive parenting and their links to different forms of successful socialization (with Joan Grusec, Universityof Toronto)
Links between parenting practices and children's adjustment among Russian immigrant and Israeli-veteran families (with Dr. Naama Atzaba-Poria, Ben-GurionUniversity)
The effects of parental control on children's prosocial development in religious and secular families
Abstracts of Current Research :
Different aspects of responsive parenting and forms of successful socialization:This longitudinal investigation examines three different aspects of responsive parenting—mothers' warmth, responsiveness to child's distress, and willingness to cooperate with their child—and their effects on two different aspects of successful socialization: children's compliance/cooperation with their mothers, and empathic responding to another's distress. Differential linkages are expected between these aspects of positive parenting and child outcomes.
Parenting practices and children's adjustment in Russian immigrant and Israeli-veteran families: This study examines the linkages between different parental discipline strategies and children's socio-emotional adjustment, as a function the cultural context and domain of misbehavior (academic vs. peer relations).
Control and prosocial development in religious and secular families: This study will examine secular and religious parents' use of authoritarian and psychological control methods when disciplining their school-aged children, and children's prosocial and antisocial behavior. Children's construal of these parental behaviors will also be assessed.
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Lundell, L., Grusec, J. E., McShane, K., & Davidov, M. (in press). Mother-adolescent conflict: Adolescent goals, maternal perspective-taking, and conflict intensity. Journal of Research on Adolescence.