Psychology (PSYC) 426

Psychology of Families and Parenting (Revision 1)

PSYC 426

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: One of PSYC 228, PSYC 323, PSYC 350, or PSYC 381 or professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 426: Psychology of Families and Parenting is an in-depth study of the issues surrounding parenting and family relationships, incorporating both theories and empirical research. It encourages critical analysis and awareness of the complexities of issues surrounding families. This online course explores many variations of families including nuclear families, families with same-sex parents, adoptive families, dual-income families, childfree families, and families that have adjusted to divorce. From a parenting perspective, the course looks at the influences of culture and immigration, genes versus environment, religion and spirituality, gender roles, and parental age.


PSYC 426 consists of thirteen units:

  • Unit 1: What Is a Family?
  • Unit 2: Culture and Immigration
  • Unit 3: Families: Genes vs. Environment
  • Unit 4: Religion and Spirituality
  • Unit 5: Dual-Income Families
  • Unit 6: Gender Roles
  • Unit 7: Predicting Marital Outcomes
  • Unit 8: Adjusting to Divorce
  • Unit 9: Families with Same-Sex Parents
  • Unit 10: Adoptive Families
  • Unit 11: Parental Age I: Adolescent Parents
  • Unit 12: Parental Age II: Older Parents
  • Unit 13: Childfree Families


To receive credit for PSYC 426, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam, and an overall course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent). In addition, all course assignments must be completed to pass the course. The weighting of assignments is as follows:

Information Retrieval Annotated Bibliography Debate Paper Final Exam Total
10% 15% 40% 35% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

All course materials are available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, December 15, 2009.

Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services