I391 – Family Studies

3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to promote an empathic understanding
of parenting and family life from pregnancy through the
first three years of life. Using family systems and attachment
theory as organizing frameworks, the course explores
the structure and function of families, psychological processes
of parenting, and the development of the parent/
infant/family relationship within the context of culture and
community. Conceptual models of stress and coping guide
the exploration of family vulnerability and resiliency. The
contributions and challenges of early childhood disability
to family relationships are explored. Further, the course
provides guidelines for examining the nature of the relationship
between the family and service provider and the tenets
of relationship-based, family-centered approaches to infant/
family work.

Programs that require this course: