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Deborah B. Jacobvitz

CWGS Affiliate FacultyPh.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Chair, Professor in the Department of Human Dev & Family Sci
Deborah B. Jacobvitz



parent-child interactions and their transmission from one generation to the next


Dr. Jacobvitz specializes in parent-child interactions and their transmission from one generation to the next. She draws on attachment theory to understand how parents' reconstructions of their relationships with their own parents during childhood affect their parenting practices with their own children. Using data from a 7-year longitudinal study, Dr. Jacobvitz is studying the transmission of cycles of abuse across generations and the effects of family conflict on children's developing friendships and emotional and behavior problems. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

An expert on the widely used Adult Attachment Interview, Dr. Jacobvitz frequently leads workshops on this important technique for psychologists in the United States, Europe and Asia. She is past president of the Southwestern Society for Research on Human Development, is on the Editorial Board of Attachment and Human Development, and has published numerous articles in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and other journals.

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