Faculty - Department of Family relations and Applied Nutrition 1985-2019
Professor Emeritus 2019
Professor 1998; Associate Professor 1989; Assistant Professor 1985
Postdoc – Laboratory of Developmental Psychology, National Institutes of Mental Health – Bethesda, Maryland
Staff Research Fellow 1979-1982
Associate Scientist 1982-1985
PhD – Department of Psychology - University of Toronto,1979
MSc – Department of Psychology - University of Toronto,1973
BSc – Department of Psychology - University of Toronto,1972
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 (noncompliance) Age range studied: 18 months-18 years
children’s internalization of values
children's influence on parenting and parental development
relational context of parent-child dynamics
cultural context of parent-child relationships (Canada,Jamaica, China, Singapore)
PSYCHOLOGICAL MODELS OF DYNAMIC PROCESSES IN PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
SOCIAL RELATIONAL THEORY -SRT) Kuczynski & De Mol, 2015; Kuczynski, Parkin & Pitman, 2014; Kuczynski & Parkin, 2007
A comprehensive dialectical approach to understanding children's agency abd bidirectional causality in the context of long-term, interdependent, and culturally embedded parent-child relationships.
BILATERAL MODEL OF PARENT-CHILD INTERACTIONS Kuczynski, 2003
Transactional (dialectical) Model of Bidirectonal Causality
Model of Children's Agency : Construction, Action, Autonomy
Dialectical Model of Power: Interdependent Assymetry
Model of Parent-Child Relationship Context : Long-term, Complex, Interdependent, Culturally EmbeddeENHANCED AGENTIC DIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE - EADP Wu,Yan Fei, Massart, A.L., Kuczynski, L. & De Mol, J. (2023)
Considers individual differences in contextual and individual power resources as sources of diversity in expression of agency. Offers a framework for accommodating agentic diversity for promoting optimal becoming of idiosyncratic human agents as well as human society as a whole
RELATED SRT MODELS OF MICRO PROCESSES
Children's Resistance (noncompliance) as Agency Kuczynski et al 1987, Kuczynsk & Kochanska 1990, Kuczynski & Hildebrandt 1997, Goh & Kuczynski, 2008
Grusec, J.E. & Kuczynski, L. (1997). Parenting and the Internalization of Values: A Handbook of Contemporary Theory. N.Y.: Wiley
Wu,Yan Fei, Massart, A.L., Kuczynski, L. & De Mol, J. (2023).The Enhanced Agentic Diversity Perspective (EADP): An appeal for co-creating an accommodative social space so that diversity unlocks innovativeness rather than problems, New Ideas in Psychology, Volume 68, 10982, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100982
Kuczynski, L & Robson, J. (2022). The Phenomenon of Parental Rules in Middle Childhood: A Relational Perspective. Global Journal Of Human-Social Science Research, Vol 22, issue 2. doi.org/10.34257/GJHSSHVOL22IS2PG49
Kuczynski, L., L, Burke, & Song‐Choi, P. (2021). Mothers’ perspectives on resistance and defiance in middle childhood: promoting autonomy and social skill. Social Sciences 10: 469. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10120469
Goh, E.C.L & Kuczynski, L. (2021). Relational dimensions in poor children’s decisions to obtain a mobile phone – the case of Singapore, Journal of Children and MediaDOI:10.1080/17482798.2021.1905675
Sorbring, E. & Kuczynski (2019). Children’s agency in the family, in school and in society: implications for health and well-being. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2019.1634414
Nelissen S., Kuczynski L., Coenen L., & Van den Bulck J. (2019). Bidirectional socialization in media research: An actor-partner interdependence model of Internet self-efficacy anddigital media guidance between parents and children. Communication Research. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650219852857
Kuczynski, L; Pitman, R., Twigger, K. (2019). Flirting with resistance: Children’s expression of autonomy in middle childhood. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being.https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2018.1564519
Goh, E.; Wan Har Chong, W.H., Mohanty, J., Law, E., Hsu,S, De Mol, J., Kuczynski, L. (2019).Study Protocol for Identifying Positive Adaptive Pathways in Low-Income Families in Singapore. JMIR Res Protoc 2019 | vol. 8 | iss. 2 | e11629 DOI: 10.2196/11629
Robson, J. & Kuczynski, L (2018). Deconstructing noncompliance: parental experiences of children’s challenging behaviors in a clinical sample. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being.13:sup1:1563432. doi: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1563432
Burke, T. & Kuczynski, L. (2018). Jamaican Mothers’ Perceptions of Children’s Resistance Strategies for Parental Rules and Requests. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1786 doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01786
De Mol, J., Reijmers, E., Verhofstadt, L., & Kuczynski, L. (2018). Reconstructing a sense of relational agency in family therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. 39, 1, 54-66. https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1278
Walton, K., Kuczynski, L., Haycraft, E., Breen, A. Haines, J. (2017). Time to re-think picky eating?: A relational approach to understanding picky eating. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14:62, 1-8DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0520-0
Burke, T., Kuczynski, L. & Perren, S. (2017) An exploration of Jamaican mothers’ perceptions of closeness and intimacy in the mother–child relationship during middle childhood. Frontiers of Psychology, 8, 2148 doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02148
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. DOI:10.1007/s10804-016-9235-8
Murray,S.H., Milhausen,R.R., Graham, C.A., & Kuczynski,L (2017). A qualitative exploration of factors that affect sexual desire among men aged 30 to 65 in long-term relationships, The Journal of Sex Research, 54:3, 319-330, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1168352
DiCroce, M., Preyde, M., Flaherty, S., Waverly, K., Karki-Niejadlik, N., Kuczynski, L. (2015). Therapeutic engagement of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-13. DOI:10.1007/S10560-015-0419-Z
Quan-McGimpsey, S.,Marziliano, S.C., Hassen, T. G., Brown, A.S.& Kuczynski, L. (2015) Early education teachers’ conceptualizations and strategies for managing closeness with the class in child care, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 22, 514-526 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2014.995475
Chee, L. P, Goh, E. & Kuczynski, L. (2014). Oversized loads – Child parentification in low-income families and underlying parent-child dynamics” Families in Society, 95(3) 204-212. https://doi.org/10.1606/1044-3894.2014.95.26
De Mol, J., Lemmens, G., Verhofstadt, L., & Kuczynski, L. (2013). Intergenerational transmission in a bidirectional context. Psychologica Belgica,7, 53/3, 7-23https://doi.org/10.5334/pb-53-3-7
Parkin, C.M., & Kuczynski, L. (2012). Adolescent perspectives on rules and resistance within the parent-child relationship. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27, 555-580.https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558411435852
Quan-McGimpsey, S., Kuczynski, L., & Brophy, K. (2012). Tensions between the personal and the professional in close teacher-child relationships. Journal of Research in Childhood Education,27,111-126. DOI: 10.1080/02568543.2012.738287
Oliphant, A. & Kuczynski, L. (2011). “Mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of mutuality in middle childhood: The domain of intimacy,” Journal of Family Issues.32 (8), 1104 –11https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X11402946
Quan-McGimpsey, S., Kuczynski, L., & Brophy, K. (2011). The early education teachers’ conceptualizations and strategies for managing closeness in child care: The personal domain. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 9, 232-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X10389146
Mitchell, M. B., Kuczynski, L., Tubbs, C. Y. & Ross, C. (2010). We care about care: Advice by children in care for children in care, foster parents, and child welfare workers about the transition into foster care. Child and Family Social Work15,176-185.https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00657.x
Mitchell, M. B., & Kuczynski, L. (2010). Does anyone know what is going on?: Examining children’s lived experience of the transition into foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 437-444. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.10.023
Goh, E., & Kuczynski, L. (2010). Only children and their coalition of parents: Considering grandparents and parents as joint caregivers in urban Xiamen, China. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13, 221-231.https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01314.x
Goh, E., & Kuczynski, L. (2009). Agency and power of single children in multi-generational families in urban Xiamen, China. Culture and Psychology, 15, 506-532. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X09344881
Kuczynski, L., & Parkin, C. M. (2009). Pursuing a dialectical perspective on transaction: A social relational theory of micro family processes. In A. Sameroff (Ed.), The transactional model of development: How children and contexts shape each other (pp. 247–268). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/11877-013
Harach L. D. & Kuczynski, L. (2005). Construction and maintenance of parent-child relationships: Bidirectional contributions from the perspective of parents. Infant and Child Development, 14, 327-343. https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.393
Sheeshka, J., Potter, B., Norrie, E., Valaitis, R., Adams, G. and Kuczynski, L. (2001).Womens' experiences of breastfeeding in public places. Journal of Human Lactation, 17(1), 31-38. DOI: 10.1177/08903344010170010
Grusec, J. E., Goodnow, J. J., & Kuczynski, L. (2000). New directions in analyses of parenting contributions to children’s acquisition of values. Child Development, 71, 205-211. doi: 10.1111/1467-8624.00135
Dawber, T. & Kuczynski, L. (1999). The question of ownness: Influence of relationship context on parental socialization strategies. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16, 475-493. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407599164004
Lollis, S. & Kuczynski, L. (1997). Beyond One Hand Clapping: Seeing Bidirectionality in Parent-Child Relations. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 14, 441-461.https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407597144002
Kuczynski, L. & Kochanska, G. (1995). Function and content of maternal demands: developmental significance of early demands for competent action. Child Development, 66, 616-628.https://doi.org/10.2307/1131938
Kochanska, G. & Kuczynski, L. (1991). Maternal autonomy granting: Predictors of normal and depressed mothers' compliance with the requests of 5-year- olds. Child Development, 62, 1449-1459. https://doi.org/10.2307/1130818
Kuczynski, L. and Kochanska, G. M. (1990). The development of children's noncompliance strategies from toddlerhood to age 5. Developmental Psychology, 26, 398-408. https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-1618.104.22.168Kochanska, G.,
Kuczynski, L., & Maguire, M. (1989). Impact of diagnosed depression and self-reported mood on mothers’ control strategies: a longitudinal study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 17(5), 493–511. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00916509
Kochanska, G., Kuczynski, L. Radke‑Yarrow, M. (1989). Correspondence between mothers' self-reported and observed childrearing practices. Child Development, 60, 56-63.doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1989.tb02694.x
Kochanska, G., Kuczynski, L. Radke‑Yarrow, M. & Welsh, J. (1987). Resolutions of control episodes between well and affectively ill mothers and their young children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 15, 441-456.doi: 10.1007/BF00916460
Kochanska, G., Radke‑Yarrow, M., Kuczynski, L. & Friedman, S.L. (1987). Normal and affectively ill mothers' beliefs about their children. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 57, 345-350. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1987.tb03543.x
Kuczynski, L., Kochanska, G., Radke-Yarrow, M. & Girnius-Brown, O. (1987). A developmental interpretation of young children's noncompliance. Developmental Psychology, 23, 799-806. https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-1622.214.171.1249
Kuczynski, L., Zahn‑Waxler, C. & Radke-Yarrow, M. (1987). Development and content of imitation in the second and third year of life: A socialization perspective. Developmental Psychology, 23, 276-282. https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-16126.96.36.1996
Trickett, P.K. & Kuczynski, L. (1986). Children's misbehaviors and parental discipline strategies in abusive and non‑abusive families. Developmental Psychology, 22, 115‑123. https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-16188.8.131.52
Yarrow, M.R., Cummings, E.M., Kuczynski, L. & Chapman, M. (1985). Patterns of attachment in two‑ and three‑year olds in normal families and families with parental depression. Child Development, 56, 884‑893. https://doi.org/10.2307/1130100
Kuczynski, L. (1982). Intensity and orientation of reasoning: Motivational determinants of children's compliance to verbal rationales. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 34, 357‑370. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-0965(82)90066-2
Grusec, J.E., & Kuczynski, L. (1980). Direction of effect in socialization: A comparison of parent vs. child's behavior as determinants of disciplinary techniques. Developmental Psychology,16,1‑9. https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-16184.108.40.206
Kuczynski, L, Parkin, M, Pitman, R. (2014). Socialization as Dynamic Process: A Dialectical, Transactional Perspective. In J.E. Grusec and P. Hastings (Eds.) Handbook of Socialization. (2nd ed. pp135- 157), NY: Guilford Press.
Kuczynski, L. and 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.
Kuczynski, L. (2011) “Socialization and child rearing.” In Heather Montgomery (ed) Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies, pp. 1-34. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199791231-0035
Kuczynski, L. Navara, G., Boiger, M. (2011). The Social Relational Perspective on Family Acculturation. In S.S. Chuang, & R.P. Moreno, R. P. (Eds.) On new shores: Understanding immigrant children in North America (pp. 171-192) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Kuczynski, L. Pitman, R., & Mitchell, M.B. (2009). Dialectics and transactional models: conceptualizing antecedents, processes, and consequences of change in parent-child relationships. In J. Mancini & K. Roberto (Eds.) Pathways of Development: Explorations of Change (pp. 151- 170). MA: Lexington Books.
Kuczynski, L. (2009). Discipline in Families. In H., Reiss & S. Sprecher (eds) Encyclopaedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA Sage.
Kuczynski, L. & Parkin, M. (2007). Agency and bidirectionality in socialization: Interactions, transactions, and relational dialectics. In J.E. Grusec & P. Hastings (Eds.) Handbook of Socialization, (pp. 259-283) NY: Guilford.
Kuczynski, L. & Navara, G. (2006). Sources of change in theories of socialization, internalization and acculturation. In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds), Handbook of Moral Development (pp. 299-327). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Kuczynski, L. (2004). Children’s Influence on Family Dynamics: The Neglected Side of Family Relationships. [Review of the book Children’s Influence on Family Dynamics: The Neglected Side of Family Relationships]. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 28, 284-286.
Kuczynski, L. (2003). Beyond bidirectionality: bilateral conceptual frameworks for understanding dynamics in parent-child relations (pp.1-24). In L Kuczynski (Ed.) Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage. doi.org/10.4135/9781452229645.n1
Kuczynski, L. & Daly, K. (2003). Qualitative methods as inductive (theory‑generating) research: psychological and sociological approaches In L Kuczynski (Ed.) Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations, (pp. 373-392). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.Chapter DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452229645.n18
Kuczynski, L., Lollis, S. & Koguchi, T. (2003). Reconstructing common sense: metaphors of bidirectionality in parent-child relations (pp.421-438). In L Kuczynski (Ed.) Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452229645.n20
Kuczynski & Lollis (2004). The child as agent in family life. In H. Goelman & S.K. Mashall (Eds.) Multiple lenses, multiple images: perspectives on the child across time, space and disciplines, 197-229. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Kuczynski L., & Lollis, S. (2002). Four foundations for a dynamic model of parenting. In J.R.M. Gerris (Ed). Dynamics of Parenting. International Perspectives on Nature and Sources of Parenting (pp.445-462). Leuven: Garant Publishers.
Byrne, C., Pape, B. Ivask, A. Kuczynski, L., Browne, G.,Whittaker, S., Rae Grant, N. & Ashford, R..N. (2001). Service needs of families where one parent has affective illness: Implications for service education and policy. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 20, 107-121.
Kuczynski, L. (2001) The development of values. International Encyclopedia of the Socialand Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science.
Kuczynski, L., Harach, L., & Bernardini, S.C (1999). Psychology’s child meets sociology’s child: Agency, power, and influence in parent-child relations. In (C. Shehan, Ed) Through the Eyes of the Child: Revisioning Children as Active Agents of Family Life, pp. 21-52. Stamford, Ct: JAI Press.
Kuczynski, L. (1998). Reflections of a Closet Qualitative Researcher. The Genetic Epistemologist, 26, (2). http://www.piaget.org/GE/1998/GE‑26‑2.html
Kuczynski, L., Marshall, S. & Schell, K. (1997). Value Socialization in a Bidirectional Context. In J. E. Grusec and L. Kuczynski (eds.) Parenting and the Internalization of Values: A Handbook of Contemporary Theory. (pp.23-50). N.Y.: Wiley.
Kuczynski, L & Grusec, J.E. (1997). Future directions for a theory of parental socialization. In J.E. Grusec & L. Kuczynski (Eds) Parenting and the Internalization of Values: A Handbook of Contemporary Theory. (pp, 398-413). NY:Wiley.
Kuczynski, L. & Hildebrandt, N. (1997). Models of Conformity and Resistance in Socialization Theory. In J .E. Grusec and L. Kuczynski (eds.) Parenting and the Internalization of Values: A Handbook of Contemporary Theory. (pp. 227-256) N. Y.: Wiley.
Yarrow, M.R., Cummings, E.M., Kuczynski, L. & Chapman, M. (1993). Patterns of attachment in two‑ and three‑year olds in normal families and families with parental depression. Article reprinted in M. Gauvain & M. Cole Readings in the Development of Children. N.Y. Freeman.
Kuczynski, L. (1992). The concept of compliance in childrearing interactions. In J. Janssens and J. Gerris (Eds.) Childrearing and the Child's Prosocial and Moral Development. Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, The Netherlands.
Kochanska, G., Kuczynski, L. Radke‑Yarrow, M. (1991). Correspondence between mothers' self-reported and observed childrearing practices. Article reprinted in J. DeLoache (Ed). Current Readings in Child Development. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Yarrow, M.R. & Kuczynski, L. (1983). Conceptions of environment in childrearing interaction. In D. Magnusson, V.S. Allen (Eds.) Personality Development as Person‑Environment Interaction. Academic Press, 57‑74.
Kuczynski, L. (1980). Reasoning with children: Motivational determinants of children's self‑control. Dissertation Abstracts International, 40, 5869B‑5870B.
I am currently developing articles from a major qualitative project on Socialization in Middle Childhood. These include mother and child interviews and diary data.
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 longitudinal study,: Identifying Positive Adaptive Pathways in Low-income families in Singapore (Esther Goh,P.I. National University of Singapore)