Professors Public Lecture: Children’s developmental processes and the mutual interaction of maternal and paternal parenting


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

IR – G16, SIP South Campus


  • Time:5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Date:Wednesday, 20 December
  • Venue:IR – G16, SIP South Campus
  • Language:English
  • Speaker:Professor Jeong Jin Yu


It is of great interest whether and how one domain of child functioning influences or spreads to other domains of child functioning over time. Such longitudinal cross-domain pathways are referred as “developmental cascades” which are best tested by analyzing longitudinal data on three or more constructs over three or more time points. The present study seeks to test cascading effects among children’s academic and internalizing/externalizing symptoms and their associations with maternal/paternal parenting across three time points from 8 to 10 years. Academic performance was negatively related to internalizing problems and positively related to maternal/paternal authoritative parenting, which in turn led to children’s higher academic performance. Bidirectional relations were found between academic performance and externalizing problems and between paternal authoritative parenting and children’s internalizing problems. Findings suggested cascading effects and their associations with parenting were not attributable to child gender, intelligence, or socioeconomic differences. These findings lend support to the adjustment erosion and academic incompetence models, highlighting the importance of considering the role that fathers play in children’s development and the influence of maternal parenting on their children.

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Professor Jeong Jin Yu

Jeong Jin Yu served as a faculty member at universities in the US, South Korea, Australia, and Sweden after receiving his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2007 before joining the faculty of XJTLU in 2022 as a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies. His research focuses on exploring the relationships between children and adolescents with various individuals such as parents, siblings, peers, and teachers. His studies also delve into critical aspects of youth’s self-systems, including self-esteem, self-control, self-criticism, and body image. Sophisticated advanced quantitative methods are employed in his research to investigate these issues. A part of his research, as a sole investigator, was funded by the Swedish Research Council with a total amount of SEK 2,230,000 (equivalent to approximately 1,621,000 RMB) at the national level from 2019 to 2021. He served as a consulting editor for Developmental Psychology published by the American Psychological Association (APA) from 2011 to 2016 and he currently serves on the editorial board for Youth.

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