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Course Overview

This course explores the parent-child relationship as it develops within the traditional and non-traditional family. Special attention is placed upon the various developmental stages that both children and parents pass through and, in turn, how children and parents influence and challenge each other’s development. Selected topics include: cultural diversity and alternative child-rearing methods, the effects of divorce, disease, child abuse, temperament, sexuality and medication on children. Students develop an understanding of assessment and intervention skills appropriate to the promotion of healthy family systems. Note: Grade of “C” or better required for Human Services Program students. Lecture: 3 hours