|Date||10/08/09 to 10/09/09|
|Location||Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State|
Conceptual shifts and technological breakthroughs have placed new emphasis on the importance of combining nature and nurture to understand family processes and problems. The link between biology and behavior is no longer regarded as a simple, unidirectional, cause and effect process. Today's researchers emphasize bi-directional relations between physiological processes and behavior, processes that operate in the context of previous experience and the demands of a multi-layered ecology. Biological factors mediate and moderate behavioral adaptation to a range of environmental challenges. At the same time, environmental challenges and behavioral responses affect biological processes. Family relationships are at the intersection of many biological and environmental influences.
The goal of this symposium is to stimulate conversation among scholars who construct and use biosocial models, as well as among those who want to know more about biosocial processes. Researchers interested in both biological and social/environmental influences on behavior, health, and development will be represented, including researchers whose work emphasizes behavioral endocrinology, behavior genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, sociology, demography, anthropology, economics, and psychology. Symposium presenters will consider physiological and social environmental influences on parenting and early childhood development, followed by adolescent adjustment, and family formation. Finally, factors that influence how families adapt to social inequalities will be examined.
How do physiological and social environmental factors within the family influence parenting and early childhood behavior and development?
Lead Speaker: Alison Fleming, University of Toronto at Mississauga
How do physiological and social environmental factors within the family influence development and adjustment in adolescence?
Lead Speaker: Jenae Neiderhiser, Penn State
How do physiological and social environment factors in the developed world influence mate selection, family formation, and fertility?
Lead Speaker: Steven Gangestad, University of New Mexico
How do physiological and social factors influence family adaptations to resource disparities?
Lead Speaker: Guang Guo, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The symposium is supported annually by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the following organizations at Penn State: Population Research Institute; Children, Youth and Families Consortium; Prevention Research Center; Women's Studies Program; the departments of Sociology, Labor Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology.
The 2009 symposium was supported by Salimetrics--providing researchers salivary assay tools for studying a wide range of genetic and hormone markers affecting health, behavior and development.
The 2009 National Symposium on Family Issues is organized by Alan Booth, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Human Development and Demography, Nancy Landale, Professor of Sociology and Demography and Director of the Population Research Institute, and Susan M. McHale, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director, Social Science Research Institute and Children, Youth and Families Consortium.
Booth, A., McHale, S., & Landale, N. (Eds.). (2010). Biosocial Foundations of Family Processes New York: Springer.
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