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Promoting Child Well-Being Through Mother- and Father-Child Relationships
MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2003

Many factors affect a child's adjustment and well being, but supportive parents are among the most important resources children enjoy. Through most of the 20th century, mother-child relationships were exclusively emphasized, but research in the last third of the century documented the importance of relationships with fathers as well. Changing socio-political values have also forced re-evaluation and reconceptualization of maternal and paternal roles. In his Athenaeum presentation, Michael Lamb will review research on the development of father- and mother-child relationships, examining evidence on the similarities and differences between the features of these relationships, the type and extent of father- and mother-child interaction, and the processes by which parents influence their children's develop ment. He will also discuss the differences and similarities between the formative experiences of children in both single and two-parent families.

Michael Lamb received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in the Social Sciences from the University of Goteborg, Sweden in 1995. He has been head of the Section on Social and Emotional Development at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development since 1987. His research is concerned with social and emotional development, especially in infancy and early childhood; parent-child relationships; and child testimony. Lamb is the author or editor of many books on infant and child development, parent-child relationships, and forensic interviewing, as well as many journal articles based on his research. The Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at CMC is the sponsor of Dr. Lamb's visit to Claremont McKenna College.