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Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives
     

Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives

by W. Bradford Wilcox
 

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ISBN-10: 0231160690

ISBN-13: 2900231160697

Pub. Date: 02/12/2013

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The essays in this collection deploy biological and social scientific perspectives to evaluate the transformative experience of parenthood for today's women and men. They map the similar and distinct roles mothers and fathers play in their children's lives and measure the effect of gendered parenting on child well-being, work and family arrangements, and the

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The essays in this collection deploy biological and social scientific perspectives to evaluate the transformative experience of parenthood for today's women and men. They map the similar and distinct roles mothers and fathers play in their children's lives and measure the effect of gendered parenting on child well-being, work and family arrangements, and the quality of couples' relationships.

Contributors describe what happens to brains and bodies when women become mothers and men become fathers; whether the stakes are the same or different for each sex; why, across history and cultures, women are typically more involved in childcare than men; why some fathers are strongly present in their children's lives while others are not; and how the various commitments men and women make to parenting shape their approaches to paid work and romantic relationships. Considering recent changes in men's and women's familial duties, the growing number of single-parent families, and the impassioned tenor of same-sex marriage debates, this book adds sound scientific and theoretical insight to these issues, constituting a standout resource for those interested in the causes and consequences of contemporary gendered parenthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900231160697
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Pages:
376

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction W. Bradford Wilcox Kathleen Kovner Kline 1

Part I How and Why is Parenthood Gendered?

1 The Dynamic Nature of the Parental Brain Kelly G. Lambert Catherine L. Franssen 21

2 Family Life and Infant Care: Lessons from Cooperatively Breeding Primates Charles T. Snowdon 40

3 Human Parenting from an Evolutionary Perspective David F. Bjorklund Ashley C. Jordan 61

4 Parenting × Gender × Culture × Time Marc H. Bornstein 91

5 Gender Differences and Similarities in Parental Behavior Ross D. Parke 120

6 Gender and Parenting Across the Family Life Cycle Ayelet Talmi 164

Part II Implications for Children, Couples, and Families

7 Essential Elements of the Caretaking Crucible Kathleen Kovner Kline Brian Stafford 193

8 Gendered Parenting's Implications for Children's Well-Being: Theory and Research in Applied Perspective Rob Palkovitz 215

9 Do Fathers Uniquely Matter for Adolescent Weil-Being? David J. Eggebeen 249

10 No One Best Way. Work-Family Strategies, the Gendered Division of Parenting, and the Contemporary Marriages of Mothers and Fathers W. Bradford Wilcox Jeffrey Dew 271

11 The Effect of Gender-Based Parental Influences on Raising Children: The Impact on Couples' Relationships Scott Haltzman 304

12 Single Mothers Raising Children Without Fathers: Implications for Rearing Children with Male-Positive Attitudes William Doherty Shonda Craft 322

List of Contributors 339

Index 341

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