Fifth International Congress of ISIPAR held at ULIM from June 24 to 27, 2014

The 5th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejectıon was held June 24-27, 2014 at the Free Internatıonal Unıversıty of Moldova (ULIM) in Chısınau, Moldova. The Congress has been convened by the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection (ISIPAR) every two years in different locations around the world.

The Moldova ISIPAR Congress was an event of significant academic magnitude and importance to the international community of scholars and the Republic of Moldova. The Congress provided this diverse body of scholars with an excellent venue for presenting the cutting-edge research related to the impact of child rearing on personality

The Congress focused on nine primary themes, supported by presentations from academics and professionals from 19 different countries. Presenters came to the Congress at ULIM from regional and European universities such as Masaryk University, Saratov Gagarin State Technical University, Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov, Bogazici University, Bar Ilan University, University of Ionniani, Netanya University, and Bar-Ilan University; from universities from the United States and Canada including CUNY York College, University of Connecticut, Marymount University, University of Tulane, and Pennsylvania State University, and University of Ottowa; and from Moldovan universities including ULIM, Medical University, Moldova State University, and State Pedagogical University "Ion Creanga". 

Moldova benefited from the presence of renowned scholars on its soil, an opportunity to enrich local academic life with the guests from many other countries, and the prospects of implementing scientific findings into clinical and social practices. Topics for these presentations included:


1.       Parental acceptance-rejection theory, including the known and expected consequences of perceıved interpersonal acceptance-rejection.

2.       Psychological and behavioral adjustment of children and adults resultıng from perceived acceptance-rejection.

3.       Consequences of interpersonal acceptance-rejection in family interactions, including mother-child and father-child relations, as well as relations between husbands and wives, and brothers and sısters.

4.       Intimate partner violence and and other forms of acceptance-rejection between girlfriends and boyfriends, husbands and wives, and in different ethnic groups internationally.

5.       Resilience and coping with rejection.

6.       Methodological issues in the scientific study of interpersonal acceptance-rejection.

7.       Children’s perceptions of teacher acceptance-rejection in schools, and other academic issues.

8.       Implications of interpersonal acceptance-rejection for the development of serious psychiatric illness.

9.       Gender (sex) differences in the experience of interpersonal acceptance-rejection—for example the effects of mothers’ versus fathers’ accepting-rejecting behaviors on sons versus daughters.


The Congress participants were moved and inspired by the warmth, hospitality, and efficiency of their Moldovan hosts. This momentous academic event will be followed up by further collaborative projects and exchanges in Moldova and beyond.

It was also announced that the site for the 6th ISIPAR Congress will be held in Madrid, Spain in 2016.

The mission of ISIPAR is to support and encourage research and practice related to issues of interpersonal acceptance and rejection, including but not limited to parental acceptance-rejection, peer acceptance-rejection, acceptance-rejection in intimate adult relationships, and acceptance-rejection in other attachment relationships throughout the lıfe span. Visit for more details and to become a member of this international organization. 

In conjunction with ULIM, this Congress was produced by Project Casa Mare, a Moldovan NGO focusing on professionalizing workers and students who service clients in social and mental health fields. Visit for more information.