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The Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection

The Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection is devoted to understanding interpersonal relationships, especially parent-child relationships, and intimate adult relationships, and their long-term effects. Researchers associated with the Center coordinate national and international projects and consult with state and national agencies to assess and promote sound parenting, healthy social and emotional development, and healthy adult relationships.

Mission

The mission of the Center is: 1) to conduct and promote basic and applied research on issues surrounding interpersonal acceptance-rejection, with special emphasis on the form of parent-child relationship called parental acceptance-rejection, 2) to formulate and implement practical intervention, prevention, educational, and other such applications pertinent to these issues and 3) to foster and encourage knowledge-sharing by establishing the Center as the world's pre-eminent information resource center regarding interpersonal acceptance and rejection.

Research

The Center's research focuses on significant social issues:

  • Child and adult mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Conduct problems, behavior disorders, and delinquency
  • School violence and teacher acceptance and rejection
  • Care of the elderly
  • Child welfare, including custody, parent education, foster care, and adoption
  • Healthy child development
  • Intimate adult relationships

The Center fosters and encourages knowledge-sharing, and its goal is to be the world's pre-eminent information resource center regarding interpersonal acceptance and rejection.

Current Projects

Research by professionals associated with the Center is wide-ranging. Current projects include cross-cultural studies of teacher acceptance and rejection, the international father acceptance-rejection project, intimate adult relationships, parenting education, and care giving and the treatment of aging parents. For more information on current projects write to r.rohner@uconn.edu.

For information about the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection (ISIPAR), click here.

Left photos by Edd Bell, Nancy Rohner, Judith Hyde, & Denise Lumbad used by permission.