Psychology of the Family: Beyond Attachment (C8549)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

On this module, you'll cover the psychological aspects and consequences of the main familial relationships:

  • marital
  • mother-child
  • father-child,
  • 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.

The impact of non-traditional family forms (such as single-parent and stepfamilies) on children's development is also discussed.


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 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: