child and adolescent psychology

Assignment 3: Parenting Practices Over Generations

You learned  in your readings that parenting practices and techniques used to shape child  development are influenced by many factors including culture, socioeconomic  status, non-normative life events, and cohort effects. To understand cohort  effects, consider that the experiences of a child growing up in the 1940s are  different in many ways from a child growing up today.

Read the  article: Kotchick, B.A. & Forehand,  R. (2002). Putting parenting in perspective: A discussion of the contextual  factors that shape parenting practices. Journal  of Child and Family Studies, 11(3), 255-269.           

Synthesize  what you learned in your readings as well as the above article to address the  following:

  • Using the  chart/table below, list at least 4 parenting practices of 3 generations. (Note: Parenting practices are not the same as parenting styles, which will be discussed later in the course). You  can describe parenting practices of 3 generations of your family members,  another family you interview, or general practices of generations based on  research you find. For example, how did each generation address issues such as  education, extracurricular activities, breastfeeding, sleeping arrangements, religious  involvement, etc.?  Include brief  demographic information (e.g., sex, age, region of the country) Note: 3  different generations means 3 different time periods, not 3 different people.
  • Now review  the chart/table and discuss the following:
    • How were the  parenting practices similar and different between generations?
    • Explain the  concept of cohort effects. What cohort effects (e.g. historical or social  events) might have influenced the parenting practices of each generation you  described?
    • Identify and  explain contextual factors (other than cohort effects) described by Kotchick  and Forehand (2002) that might have influenced the parenting practices of each  generation you described.
    • Why is it important to understand contextual factors,  including cohort effects, when researching differences in parenting practices?

Generation 1: Years  children were raised (19XX-XXXX)

Generation 2: Years

Generation 3: Years

Parenting Practice 1:                        Education

Parenting Practice 2:

Parenting Practice 3:

Parenting Practice 4:

Present the chart or  table and your comments in a 3-page paper in Word format. Be sure to include  introductory and concluding paragraphs in your paper, and an APA style  reference page. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following  file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your  name is John Smith, your document name should be SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014, deliver your assignment to  the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.

Assignment 3 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Presented relevant and important data on at least 4 parenting practices  of three generations in a chart for easy comparison.


Commented on the noteworthy differences and similarities.


Explained cohort effects. Analyzed data to draw conclusions, relating  them to the concept of cohort effects. Described historical events or social  issues during each generation that might have influenced parenting decisions.


Explained other contextual factors that might have influenced parenting decisions for each generation, as well as why contextual factors are important to understand.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical  scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed  accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.