Parental Roles in Childhood Psychopathology

  • Rex Forehand
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


The state of the American family has come under close scrutiny in recent years in the psychological literature. For example, in his presidential address to the American Psychological Association, Conger (1981) traced the changing nature and functions of the family from 1800 to the present. He noted a number of social changes in our society that had increased the stress on the family in the 1980s: the isolation of the family from other social institutions; the women’s movement and women’s participation in the labor force; and the preoccupation with oneself rather than with others. Furthermore, Conger pointed out that the divorce rate had continued to increase and that, as a result, many households were headed by women and were at or below the poverty level. Simultaneously, the federal government was reducing the social programs that were necessary for these struggling families. Although more recent data suggest that the divorce rate may have peaked, the number of children living in one-parent families and in stepfamilies is projected to continue to increase (Hernandez, 1985). In short, the family and the changes it is undergoing are important topics of study for psychologists interested in the welfare of children.


Behavior Problem Maternal Depression Marital Satisfaction Parenting Skill Parent Perception 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rex Forehand
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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