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2011 Social Responsibility Award from the Western Psychological Association
Dr. Gottfried's research has had an extensive impact on social policies relating to the well-being of children and their families in two areas. With regard to the role of maternal and dual-earner employment and children's development, "The findings from her studies served as a basis for a landmark Supreme Court ruling which prohibits the judiciary from using a parents' employment in a child custody determination." With regard to her research on academic intrinsic motivation and children's academic success, the scale she developed, the Children's Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory, "has been translated into numerous languages so as to be used internationally. It is used by school districts and state education programs to assess children who have difficulties in learning as well as to assess mtivation among gifted students." "Very few developmental psychologists have had such an enormous impact on practical applications of research in the schools."