Psychology of the Family: Beyond Attachment (C8549)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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.


100%: Lecture


25%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Portfolio)
75%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: