Extending Families: The Social Networks of Parents and their Childrenby Moncrieff Cochran, Mary Larner, David Riley, Lars Gunnarsson
Pub. Date: 06/29/1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
How do personal networks evolve and what roles do they play for parents, and for the development of children? Can these ties with relatives, neighbors, and friends provide stability for family members during periods of disruption caused by divorce, unemployment, geographic dislocation or serious illness? How do networks change over time? To what extent are network… See more details below
How do personal networks evolve and what roles do they play for parents, and for the development of children? Can these ties with relatives, neighbors, and friends provide stability for family members during periods of disruption caused by divorce, unemployment, geographic dislocation or serious illness? How do networks change over time? To what extent are network members interchangeable; can unrelated friends take the place of close relatives? These are among the questions addressed in Extending Families, a ground-breaking study about how personal networks evolve, and what roles they play for parents and for the development of children. The volume is an outgrowth of a ten-year cooperative research effort carried out by the authors as part of the Comparative Ecology of Human Development Project at Cornell University. The authors document and compare the roles of network member players, the ways that networks change over time, and the impact of different network resources on developing individuals. The impacts on parent network participation in a community-based family support program are examined, and a more general discussion of how public policies might strengthen access to informal social supporters is also provided.
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Table of ContentsForeword U. Bronfenbrenner; Preface; Part I. Ideas and Themes: 1. Personal networks in the ecology of human development M. Cochran; Part II. Settings, Methods and Illustrations: 2. Settings and methods D. Riley et al; 3. The social networks interview L. Gunnarsson; 4. Descriptive illustrations M. Cochran and C. R. Henderson, Jr.; Part III. The Influences of Race, Class and Culture: 5. Social networks, race and ethnicity W. E. Cross, Jr; 6. The social networks of married mothers in four cultures M. Cochran et al; 7. The social support networks of single parents: Sweden and the United States M. Cochran and L. Gunnarsson; Part IV. Impacts on Perceptions and Performance: 8. Network influences upon perception of the child: solo parenting and social support M. Cochran and C. R. Henderson, Jr.; 9. Network influences on father involvement in childrearing D. Riley; 10. The social networks of six-year-olds: context, content and consequence M. Cochran and D. Riley; Part V. Changes in Networks Over Time: 11. Changes in network resources and relationships over time M. Larner; 12. Local residential mobility and its effects on social networks: a cross-cultural comparison M. Larner; 13. Formal supports and informal social ties: a case study M. Cochran and C. R. Henderson, Jr.; Part VI. Social Networks and Human Development: 14. The network as an environment for human development M. Cochran; 15. Environmental factors constraining network development M. Cochran; 16. Factors influencing personal social initiative M. Cochran; 17. Personal networks and public policy M. Cochran; Appendix 1. The social network interviews; Endnotes; References.
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