Parent-Child Relations: History, Theory and Context, Third Edition,is the most comprehensive book available on the relationship between parent and child. The author presents the historical and cultural contexts of parent-child relations, taking a unique developmental and contextual approach to the subject, addressing parenting theory, research, and application. The text points out the similarities and differences in parent-child relations across many cultures, in age and gender, and at each stage of life. Parenting strategies are also given a great emphasis in this text, covered early on to set the stage for the later chapters that focus on parenting at different levels of development. These strategies provide guidance for parents as well as for professionals working with children and their parents or other caregivers. Changes to the third edition include an increased emphasis on the various contexts of parenting, more discussion of the role of gender in parent-child relationships as well as an expanded coverage of the role of fathers, a greater emphasis on other persons in the parental role such as foster parents and grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren, and a focus on the influence of technology on the lives of parents and children, interwoven through most of the chapters.
Phyllis Heath is a professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies at Central Michigan University. She has also taught courses for Michigan State University in Okinawa, Japan. She was educated at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she received a B.A. in Psychology. At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she earned a MA in Human Development and Learning. She received a PhD in Child Development and Family relations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research has focused on the ways in which parental attitudes and behaviors affect children’s social competence, factors influencing parenting patterns, and more recently, the links between parenting behaviors and adolescent depression. She has also explored beliefs and behaviors of parents in indigenous cultures in Oaxaco, Mexico and in South Africa.
Chapter 1: Historical and Theoretical Influences of Childrearing
Chapter 2: Parenting Patterns and the Impact of Culture and Context
Chapter 3: Parents and Children in Varied Family Structures
Chapter 4: Child Socialization Strategies and Techniques
Chapter 5: Becoming Parents and Parenting Infants and Toddlers
Chapter 6: Parent-Preschooler Interactions
Chapter 7: Parents and Their School-Age Children
Chapter 8: Parent-Adolescent Interactions
Chapter 9: The Relationships of Young Adults, Their Parents, and Their Children
Chapter 10: Middle Age and Older Parenthood and Grandparenthood
Chapter 11: Parenting Children with Special Needs
Chapter 12: Families at Risk and Families Coping with the Death of a Family Member