Richard H. Passman

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1972

Research Interests:
My research has investigated parent-child attachment, attachments to objects such as security blankets and pacifiers, grandparenting, child abuse, parental disciplinary techniques, imitation, mothers-to-be, and behavior therapy techniques with children, adults, and the developmentally disabled.

Teaching Interests:
I have been teaching courses in developmental and clinical-child psychology as well as in personality theory and psychotherapy.

Recent Publications:
Ybarra, G.J., Passman, R.H., & Eisenberg, C.S.L. (2000). The presence of security blankets or mothers (or both) affects distress during pediatric examinations. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 322-330.

Donate-Bartfield, E., & Passman, R.H. (2000). Establishing rapport with preschool-age children: Implications for practitioners, Children's Health Care, 29, 179-188.

Passman, R.H. (1998). Security objects. In J. Kagan (Ed.), The Gale encyclopedia of childhood and adolescents. Detroit: Gale Research.

Tomlin, A.M., & Passman, R.H. (1989). Grandmothers' responsibility in raising two-year olds facilitates their grandchildren's adoptive behavior: A preliminary intrafamilial investigation of mothers' and maternal grandmothers' effects. Psychology and Aging, 4, 119-121.

Passman, R.H. (1987). Attachments to inanimate objects: Are children who have security blankets insecure? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55, 825-830.

Blackwelder, D.E., & Passman, R.H. (1986). Grandmothers' and mothers' disciplining in three-generational families: The role of social responsibility in the rewarding and punishing of grandchildren. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 50, 80-86.

Halonen, J.S., & Passman, R.H. (1985). Relaxation training and expectation on the treatment of postpartum distress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 53, 839-845.

Passman, R.H., & Lautmann, L.A. (1982). Fathers', mothers', and security blankets' effects on the responsiveness of young children during projective testing. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 50, 310-312.

Adams, R.E., & Passman, R.H. (1979). Presenting visual and auditory aspects of mothers to preschool aged children: Effects on play and exploration. Developmental Psychology, 14, 269-274.

Passman, R.H., & Mulhern, R.K. (1977). Maternal punitiveness as affected by situational stress: An experimental analogue of child abuse. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 86, 565-569.

Passman, R.H., & Weisberg, P. (1975). Mothers and "security" blankets as familiarizing objects for young children: The effects of social and nonsocial attachment objects on play and exploration in a novel environment. Developmental Psychology, 11, 170-177.