Academics and Research

Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Research (CSIAR) and Related Projects

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Researchers, clinical practitioners and other professionals are using Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (IPARTheory) measures in the study and practice of parent-child relationships, intimate adult relationships, peer and sibling relationships, and other areas. Faculty and Staff are also actively engaged in identifying new external funding sources for future research.


Current and Recent IPARTheory-Related Research and Applications in the USA and Internationally


Affective Coping
Agreement between children’s and parent’s reports of parental acceptance-rejection
Assessing the reliability and validity of new IPARTheory-related measures
Clinical applications of IPARTheory and measures
Dark Triad psychopathology (Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and Narcissism)
Forgiveness, parental acceptance-rejection antecedents of interpersonal acceptance-rejection
Forensic psychology (consulting on a criminal case)
Gender differences in behavioral and psychological outcomes associated with perceived parental and partner acceptance-rejection
Gender of parent by gender of offspring interactions
Intensity of attachment, effects on relations between parental and partner acceptance-rejection and specific outcomes
Intimate partner acceptance-rejection
Loneliness and acceptance-rejection
Meta-analyses of topics related to major IPARTheory concepts
Neuroimaging (brain functioning) in the context of acceptance versus rejection experiences
Parental acceptance-rejection, effects, causes, and other correlates
Parental alienation
Phubbing (phone snubbing), perceived rejection, and relationship satisfaction
Rejection sensitivity
Substance abuse in relation to parental acceptance-rejection
Teacher acceptance-rejection and its effects on children’s behavior and psychological adjustment
Transgender and LGBTQ+, family and peer acceptance-rejection issues related to interpersonal acceptance-rejection
Vengeance, parental acceptance-rejection antecedents of interpersonal acceptance-rejection

Upcoming Events

  • 10th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2024. Congress website is currently under construction, additional information will be available soon.