Dr. Patti Beth

The Psychology of Human Development 101

Patti Beth, PhD.

I have always had a deep interest in how the attributions people make for their own, and others' behavior, affect their social and emotional well-being.  Why do some children around the age of 7 or 8 begin to attribute behavior to stable and unchangeable personality traits, rather than to situational and context-related factors?

My research has demonstrated that children who continued to attribute behavior to the situation are more forgiving.  These results offer hope for developing interventions and educational programs designed to foster forgiveness and understanding. The study was published in book format in April of 2008, and is available on Amazon.com

I believe that anyone can learn and become anything they desire.  I began my studies late in life and as a non-traditional student, understand all of the bumps and detours the road of life has in store for us.  In my spare time I enjoy listening to music. I love music, all kinds - and play the guitar and keyboards.  I also love gardening and painting pictures.  My current occupation is teaching Psychology courses at 2 on-line universities. I love teaching and I see the on-line format as offering students a more lasting education.


Beth. P.  (2008).  Forgiveness and implicit theories in early adolescents.  Germany: Verlag Dr.  Mueller

Beth, P.  (1999).  Childhood and adolescent abuse history, fear of negative evaluation, and social-interaction self-statements.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 16 (1), 47-66.

Abbeduto, L., Murphy, M., Richmond, E., Ahman, A., & Beth, P. (2006).  Collaboration in referential communication: Comparison of youths with Down Syndrome or Fragile X Syndrome.   American Journal on Retardation, 111, (3), 170-183.

Abbeduto, L. & Beth, P. (2001).  PreschoolIn Child development, (1),  Macmillan Psychological Series.  The Gale Group: Farmington Hills, MI.

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