- social and cognitive aspects of parent-child relationships
- effects of emotion on quality of parent-child relationships
- children's social and emotional development
research interests centre on the social
and cognitive aspects of parent-child
relationships across the lifespan (e.g.,
feelings of control within the relationship,
perspective taking abilities, goals that
are pursued when interacting with the
other person, and attributions that are
made about their actions). More recently,
I have also investigated how emotion
affects the quality of parent-child relationships,
with particular emphasis on the expression
and control of emotions, and meta emotional
philosophy (i.e., our thoughts and feelings
about particular emotions - for example,
do you think that anger is destructive
and feel upset when it is expressed,
or do you think that it is healthy to
express anger, and not feel bothered
by such displays?). For the most part,
I have focussed on how these variables
are associated with markers of relationship
quality (in the case of older parent-adult
child relationships) and children's social
and emotional development.
T.S., Root, C.A., & Jenkins, J.J.
(in press). Effects of child emotional
response, child temperament, and parenting
style on low and middle income mothers'
regulation of negative emotion. Social
T.S., Grusec, J.E., & Bernardini, S.C.
(2003). Help given to older mothers by their
adult daughters: Ways of initiating help
and type of help given. International
Journal of Aging and Human Development,
T.S., Grusec, J.E., & Bernardini,
S.C. (2001). Effects of interpersonal
control, perspective taking, and attributions
on older mothers' and adult daughters'
satisfaction with their helping relationships. Journal
of Family Psychology, 15, 688-705.
T.S., & Dion, K.L. (2001). Developmental
expectations of personal change for the
self and others. Basic and Applied
Social Psychology, 23, 21-28.
J.E., Rudy, D.D., & Martini, T.S.
(1997). The study of parenting cognitions:
Some implications for understanding parenting
behavior and children's internalization
of values. In J.E. Grusec and L. Kuczynski,
(Eds.) Parenting strategies and children's
internalization of values: A handbook
of theoretical and research perspectives.