Parent-Child Relations : An Introduction to Parenting:
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The world has changed since the first edition of this pioneering text was published in 1979, and with it the context of parenting has changed.#xA0; Parents today must not just help their children learn socialization, but also teach them the skills and abilities they need to cope with the rapidly changing society of their future.#xA0; Using the family systems model, the author explains how families function, how they strive to maintain stability over time, and how they change and adapt as children grow up. #xA0; The book offers the following pedagogical tools to help students prepare for their roles as professionals working with parents and families as well as becoming parents themselves: #xA0; Frequently Asked Questions#x13;allow students to see parenting concerns and issues not only through the eyes of a parent, but also those of a therapist who consults with the parent. Focus On#x13;highlights information discussed in the chapter. Parenting Reflections#x13;provide opportunities for readers to check their understanding of the content they#x19;ve just read about.#xA0; Also promotes critical thinking and encourages empathetic involvement with the parenting topics being discussed. Family Snapshots#x13;These case studies throughout the book provide students with a broader understanding of how the various theories found in human development and family studies are applied to parent-child relations.#xA0; New To This Edition: #xA0; NEW: Includes expanded coverage of attachment between parents and children#x13;Explains how it affects development of both adults and children. Increases student understanding of the importance of nurturance at all levels of development . #xA0; NEW!#xA0; Gives a much greater emphasis on the cultural context of parenting throughout and especially in Chapters 1 and 2#x13;Describes how parenting is shaped by family ecological and cultural factors. Provides for increased development of empathy and understanding of the global human development issues affecting parenting topics.
Jerry J. Bigner, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523, and retired in 2004 after 36 years of service in higher education. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of life-span human development, parent-child relations, theories of human development and family studies, marriage and family relationships, early childhood education, and research methods in human development and family studies. He also has completed all course work and practicum requirements in marriage and family therapy and continues to work towards licensure in this area. His text, Parent-Child Relations, is now in its 8th edition, and he has two published texts in life-span human development and family studies. He is the author or co-author of over 50 research articles focusing primarily on parent-child relations as well as relationship and family therapy issues. He is Editor of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and serves on Editorial Board of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. He is a research member of the American Family Therapy Academy and is a member of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Bigner is a 2005 Centennial Laureate Award recipient of the College of Human Sciences, Florida State University. He also is the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of the College of Human Sciences, Florida State University.