Trends in the Use of Behavioral Control Methods by Parents of Young Children

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Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Frank R. Blume

Committee Members

Glenn Whitlock

Nikolai Khokhlov


behavior, behavioral control methods, parenting, child development, transpersonal psychology, society and culture


Applied Behavior Analysis | Developmental Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Psychology and Interaction | Transpersonal Psychology


The socialization of children is one of the basic responsibilities related to the psychodynamics of child-rearing. Children must be provided with emotional and physical support in order to prepare them to become mature members of the particular society and culture in which they live. Their prolonged immaturity, unlike that of most other mammals, requires adult care-giving for an extended period of time to ensure their basic survival. This care-giving involves both psychological and biological functions, each requiring certain restrictions, guidance, and direct assistance in order to promote wholesome growth and development while at the same time providing for health and safety factors. Thus, care-givers become involved in changing children's natural behavior and limiting their natural impulses to enable them to meet the needs of the children while simultaneously promoting behavior in those children that will lead to their socialization.


Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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