George Holden


George Holden

Professor and Undergraduate Director

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Dr. Holden received a US State Department Grant in January 2013 funding a three-year partnership with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women's University in Peshawar, Pakistan. Read more...

Dr. Holden has been the Chair of an international conference to end corporal punishment: GLOBAL SUMMIT on ENDING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT and PROMOTING POSITIVE DISCIPLINE, JUNE 2-4, 2011, DALLAS, TX.

The Holden lab focuses on understanding the determinants and significance of the parent-child relationship in development. Much of the work conducted in this lab has addressed the proximate causes of parental behavior with an emphasis on parental social cognition. For example, we have investigated parental attitudes and thinking as it relates to parental use of physical punishment. We are currently examining parental yelling from both the parents’ and children’s perspective. A second but closely related area of research concerns the causes and effects of family violence, including how intimate partner violence affects parenting and children’s development.


Holden, G.W., & Williamson, P.A. (2014). Religion and child well-being. In A. Ben-Arieh, F. Casas, I. Frones, & J. E. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of child well-being, Vol. 2: Theories, methods, and policies in global perspective (pp. 1137-1169). New York: Springer.

Holden, G.W., Brown, A.S., Baldwin, A.S., & Croft Cadereo, K. (2013). Research findings can change attitudes about corporal punishment. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Holden, G.W., Bayan, D., Baruah, J., & Holland, G.W.O. (2013). Parents’ roles in guiding children’s educational, religious, and other other trajectories. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology,3, 244-252.

Tamm, L., Holden, G.W., Nakonezny, P.A., Swart, S., & Hughes, C.W. (2012). Metaparenting: Associations with parenting stress, child-rearing practices, and retention in parents of children at risk for ADHD. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 4, 1-10.

Holden, G.W. (2012). Discipline and punishment. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood studies. H. Montgomery (Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/

Ellison, C.G., Musick, M.A., & Holden, G.W. (2011). Does conservative Protestantism moderate the association between corporal punishment and child outcomes? Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 946-961.

Newman, M.L., Holden, G.W., & Delville, Y. (2011). Coping with the stress of being bullied: Consequences of coping strategies among college students. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 205-211.

Holden, G.W., Vittrup, B., & Rosen, L.H. (2011). Families, parenting, and discipline. In M. K. Underwood & L. H. Rosen (Eds.), Social development: Relationships in infancy, childhood, and adolescence (pp. 127-152). New York: Guilford Press.

Holden, G.W. (2010). Childrearing and developmental trajectories: Positive pathways, off-ramps, and dynamic processes. Child Development Perspectives, 4, 197-204.