Parenting : A Dynamic Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-24
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Unlike other books on the market, this text conveys parenting in all of its complexities. It is parent-centered, not child-centered, highlighting such questions as why parents behave the way they do. Although the book is written from a psychological perspective, views from other disciplines-including sociology, criminology, anthropology, and pediatrics-are also discussed where appropriate. The text focuses on typical parent-child relations, emphasizing the process of parenting, and includes historical and crosscultural perspectives. Key Features    Includes selected studies and recent statistics from developing and non-Western countries Features in-depth coverage of topics such as co-parenting, evolutionary views, human behavioral genetics, and religious influences, which are often absent from or superficially covered in other texts Presents important clinical psychological issues, such as family violence, behavior problems, and the role of pathology in the family Discusses contemporary issues, including fertility problems and daycare Intended Audience   This text is appropriate for students enrolled in courses such as Parenting or Parent-Child Relations in departments of psychology, human development, human ecology (home economics), family and consumer studies, sociology, education, pediatrics, social work, and nursing.

Table of Contents

Understanding Parents and Child Rearing
Introduction: From Beliefs to Evidence
Parenting Beliefs Throughout History
Sources of Beliefs about Parenting
Parenting Research Findings
Theoretical Perspectives on Parenting
Introduction to Theory
Major Theories of Parent-Child Relationships
Narrow Theories
Approaches To Parenting Research
Multiple Approaches
Comparing Approaches
The Controversy of Parental Influence
Historical Evidence About Parental Influence
Associations Between Parenting and Children?s Outcomes
The Human Behavioral Genetics Challenge
A New Perspective on How Parents Matter
Trajectories and Development
Determinants of Parenting
Categories of Determinants
Cultural and Distal Determinants
Contextual Determinants
Stable Characteristics Determinants
Situational Determinants
Interrelations Among Determinants
Parenting and Development
Becoming A Parent
Deciding to Have a Child
Getting Pregnant, Staying Pregnant, and Encountering Problems
Labor and Childbirth
The Preterm Newborn
Transitioning to Parenthood
Parenting the Newborn
The Problem of Infant Mortality
Ethical Issues
Parenting: From Infancy Through The Preschool Years
Parenting an Infant
Parenting a Toddler
Parenting a Preschooler
Parenting: The Middle-Childhood Years
Parents and Within-Family Interactions
Parents and External Influences
Parenting: Adolescents
Adolescent Development in the Context of the Home
Problems for Adolescents and their Parents
How Parents Help Teens Navigate Adolescence
Contemporary Issues
Parenting In Nontraditional Families and Special Populations
Nontraditional Families
Parenting in Special Populations
Cultural Influences on Parenting
Cultural Diversity Among North American Parents
Parenting in Minority Groups
Parenting in Different Countries
Religion and Parenting
Child Maltreatment: When Parenting Goes Awry
Child Maltreatment Through History
The Four Faces of Maltreatment
Maltreatment Across Time and Country
Protecting Maltreated Children: Foster Parents
Social Policy Issues
The Changing American Family
Do the Math: Economic Costs of Family Problems
Social Policy Responses
Controversial Social Policy Ideas
Appendix: Journals That Frequently Publish Studies Pertaining to Parenting
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author
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