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PhD - University of Toronto
Macdonald Institute, Room 233
I do empirical and theoretical research on children’s socialization in the context of parent-child relationships. My research focuses on children’s agency and influence within a dialectical model of bidirectional influence between parents and children. My empirical research includes topics such as children’s resistance, children’s internalization of values, parent-child intimacy, responsive parenting, and the relationship as context for parent-child dynamics. I have conducted research on nonclinical families as well as families undergoing adversities such as parental depression, child abuse, conduct disorder, and multi-stressed families and foster children. I am also interested in family dynamics as it pertains to culture (e.g. China, Singapore, Jamaica) and immigrant family acculturation. In my theoretical research I developed two theoretical frameworks, the bilateral model of parent-child relations and social relational theory which provide a comprehensive approach to understanding bidirectional causality and transactional processes in the context of long-term, interdependent, and culturally embedded parent-child relationships.
Post doc – National Institutes of Mental Health – Bethesda, Maryland 1979-1985
PhD – Department of Psychology - University of Toronto, 1979
Masters – Department of Psychology - University of Toronto – 1973
Kuczynski, L., Pitman, R., Ta-Young, L. Harach, L. (2016). Children’s Influence on parents’ adult development: Mothers’ and fathers’ receptivity to children’s requests for change. Journal of Adult Development, 23:193–203.
Kuczynski, L., & De Mol, J. (2015). Dialectical Models of Socialization. In W. F. Overton & P. C. M. Molenaar (Eds.). Theory and Method. Volume 1 of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science. (7th ed., pp. 326-368), Editor-in-Chief: Richard M. Lerner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Kuczynski, L. & Knafo, A. (2014). Innovation and continuity in socialization, internalization and acculturation. In M. Killen and J.G. Smetana (Eds.). Handbook of Moral Development, 2nd edition (pp. 93-112) Taylor and Francis Publishers.
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I am currently analyzing and developing articles from a major qualitative project on Socialization in Middle Childhood. These include mother and child interviews and diary data and can serve as source of projects beyond the students’ thesis research.
I am engaged in international interdisciplinary collaborations with scholars interested in applying social relational theory to disciplines such as family therapy, social work and communication research.
I am a collaborator on a new qualitative and longitudinal study,: Identifying Positive Adaptive Pathways in Low-income families in Singapore (Esther Goh, National University of Singapore