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Session Type: Paper Symposium
Family systems theorists have long recognized the family unit as inherently complex, operating through processes of interdependence and reciprocal influence (e.g., Cox & Paley, 1997; Minuchin, 1985). Consequently, the well-being of one family member is intricately intertwined with others in the family. Historically, developmental research has emphasized family processes as determinants of children’s well-being, leaving parents’ well-being often overlooked as an equally important outcome. This symposium highlights a variety of approaches across four presentations to examine family processes, emphasizing both parents’ and children’s positive well-being (PWB) within the family system.
Group 1 focuses on the complexity of mothers’ emotions when caring for their toddlers through examination of emotion dynamics across caregiving contexts, broadening our understanding of how family processes and PWB unfold in real-time. Group 2 identifies parent characteristics that shape parents’ PWB and parenting behaviors, underscoring the robust power of fostering parents’ compassion and gratitude as promotive factors for parent and child PWB. Group 3 focuses on parent and adolescent emotion regulation strategies as predictors of parents’ happiness, emphasizing the importance of understanding regulatory strategies as a family process that contributes to PWB. Finally, Group 4 presents a dyadic analysis of parent-adolescent connectedness as a predictor of PWB among families that participated in a 21-day daily diary study. These findings offer compelling support for within-dyad effects for connectedness and PWB for parents and adolescents. Together, these presentations highlight the importance of considering both parents’ and children’s PWB for gaining a comprehensive understanding of the complex family system.
Margaret Lee Kerr, University of Wisconsin, Madison
S. Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Sewanee: The University of the South
Examining the Complexity of Mothers’ Real-Time Emotions Across Caregiving Contexts - Presenting Author: Margaret Lee Kerr, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Non-Presenting Author: Hannah F. Rasmussen, University of Southern California; Non-Presenting Author: Katherine V Buttitta, Claremont Graduate University; Non-Presenting Author: Patricia A Smiley, Pomona Colege; Non-Presenting Author: Jessica Borelli, University of California, Irvine
Attachment-Oriented Gratitude Improves Parenting Behaviors and Well-Being - Presenting Author: S. Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Sewanee: The University of the South; Non-Presenting Author: Melissa Zankman, Sewanee: The University of the South; Non-Presenting Author: John K Coffey, Sewanee: The University of the South; Non-Presenting Author: Cayla O'Hair, Sewanee: The University of the South
Parents’ and Adolescents’ Emotional Correlates of Parental Well-Being - Presenting Author: Tyia K. Wilson, West Virginia University; Non-Presenting Author: Amy Gentzler, West Virginia University; Non-Presenting Author: Karena M. Moran, Geisinger Medical Center
Does it Work Both Ways? Examining Parent-Adolescent Connectedness for Parent and Adolescent Well-Being - Presenting Author: Greg Fosco, Pennsylvania State University; Non-Presenting Author: Miriam Brinberg, The Pennsylvania State University; Non-Presenting Author: Nilam Ram, Penn State University