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Promoting understanding of parent-child relationships


Two key components that enable parents to build strong relationships with their children are sensitivity and responsiveness to the child's physical and emotional needs as well as their strivings for autonomy.

When parents can provide this care in a predictable manner, young children develop the coping, problem-solving and relationship skills they need to succeed in life. (Parent section) This site is focused on responsive care as well as challenges that parents may face that derive from models they've incorporated from their experiences growing up. These are particularly challenging when the remnants of these experiences operate on an unconscious level.

(Challenges section)


Center Projects contains a listing of past support devoted to increasing the understanding of this process through research, the sponsorship of conferences, and the development of media projects. Also, beginning in 2003 the Center began sponsoring the biannual presentation of the Bowlby- Ainsworth awards.  This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in attachment research and application.


Mental Health Promotion:  list of articles and sites that address the current state of mental health in this country. Also listed are strategies that, if implemented widely, could promote mental health in children and their families.


For Parents:  a brief overview of what is involved with being a responsive parent, as well as some of the challenges that a parent might face when interacting with their children. Also included are resources and programs that may be beneficial to parents.



New books 

Everett Waters


Morris Eagle

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Jessica Borelli

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Awards 2023

Booklet of
past winners

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