Psychology of the Family: Beyond Attachment

Module code: C8549
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

The module will cover psychological aspects and consequences of the main familial relationships: marital, mother-child, father-child, and sibling. In particular, individual-, dyadic-, family-, and cultural-level factors influencing the development and functioning of these familial relationships will be covered, along with their consequences. 

In addition, the impact of non-traditional family forms (e.g., single-parent and stepfamilies) on children's development will be addressed. The module will include coverage of theoretical approaches to the study of the family (e.g., family systems theory, life-course approaches, socialisation) but will emphasise recent empirical work.

This module builds on knowledge gained in the core psychology module C8546: Developmental Psychology. If you are not enrolled on the Psychology BSc course at Sussex, you are expected to be familiar with the material covered in that module.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the factors influencing multiple family relationships, and their consequences.
  • Apply different theoretical approaches to the study of family phenomena.
  • Critically evaluate substantive empirical research within family psychology.