UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families Working Paper No. 7 2002
This paper reviews the psychological literature on how psychologists identify and code positive parent-child interactions during their own (typically more time-constrained) observational research. Elaborate, theoretically informed, and detailed systems of family observation have been developed in the field of psychology in recent years, and these systems include constructs and variables that identify, code, and rate both positive and negative interactions between parents and children. Looking at the methods psychologists have used to characterize positive parent-child interactions, therefore, may serve as a resource for thinking about how certain behaviors in the CELF ethnographic data might be conceptualized.