Psychology Colloquium: Michael J. MacKenzie
Exploring Transactional Processes in Applied Domains:
From Harsh Parenting to Out-of-Home Care
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The problem of drift in foster care settings, with some children facing mul-tiple placement disruptions, represents a primary obstacle to the stability necessary for the formation of secure relationships and healthy develop-ment. Despite the seriousness of this problem, there is a paucity of studies examining the developmental processes underlying placement instability and an over-reliance on administrative data. Dr. MacKenzie will review his work on the reciprocal transactions involved in harsh parenting across early child development and provide a theoretical model for understanding the experiences of child welfare system involved children undergoing place-ment disruptions.