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Overview

Completely revised and expanded from four to five volumes, this new edition of the Handbook of Parenting appears at a time that is momentous in the history of parenting. Parenting and the family are today in a greater state of flux, question, and redefinition than perhaps ever before. We are witnessing the emergence of striking permutations on the theme of parenting: blended families, lesbian and gay parents, and teen versus fifties first-time moms and dads. One cannot but be awed on the biological front by technology that now not only renders postmenopausal women capable of childbearing, but also presents us with the possibility of designing babies. Similarly on the sociological front, single parenthood is a modern day fact of life, adult child dependency is on the rise, and parents are ever less certain of their own roles, even in the face of rising environmental and institutional demands that they take increasing responsibility for their offspring.

The Handbook of Parenting concerns itself with:
*different types of parents—mothers and fathers, single, adolescent, and adoptive parents;
*basic characteristics of parenting—behaviors, knowledge, beliefs, and expectations about parenting;
*forces that shape parenting—evolution, genetics, biology, employment, social class, culture, environment, and history;
*problems faced by parents—handicap, marital difficulties, drug addiction; and
*practical concerns of parenting—how to promote children's health, foster social adjustment and cognitive competence, and interact with school, legal, and public officials.

Contributors to the Handbook of Parenting have worked in different ways toward understanding all these diverse aspects of parenting, and all look to the most recent research and thinking in the field to shed light on many topics every parent wonders about.

Each chapter addresses a different but central topic in parenting; each is rooted in current thinking and theory, as well as classical and modern research in that topic; each has been written to be read and absorbed in a single sitting. In addition, each chapter follows a standard organization, including an introduction to the chapter as a whole, followed by historical considerations of the topic, a discussion of central issues and theory, a review of classical and modern research, forecasts of future directions of theory and research, and a set of conclusions. Of course, contributors' own convictions and research are considered, but contributions to this new edition present all major points of view and central lines of inquiry and interpret them broadly.

The Handbook of Parenting is intended to be both comprehensive and state of the art. As the expanded scope of this second edition amply shows, parenting is naturally and closely allied with many other fields.

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This is Volume 2 of the new edition of what is now a five-volume reference (the publication date, and the number of volumes in the first edition are not stated). The set is intended as a resource for professionals in the many fields that deal with families, and the contributed articles survey research and include extensive bibliographies on the subjects under consideration. Each of the five volumes emphasizes somewhat different hemes. The second volume comprises 12 contributions relating parenting to its biological roots. They examine the evolution of parenting, hormonal and psychobiological determinants of parenting in nonhumans and humans, parenting in primates, intuitive universals in human parenting, and the influence of factors such as employment status and socioeconomic, cultural, environmental, and historical contexts. Editor Bornstein, who is also one of the authors, is affiliated with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; contributions are from experts in psychology, human development, and education. There is no price or ISBN for the complete five-volume set. Subject and author indexes for the whole set are included in each volume. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805818932
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Contents of Volume 1 xiii
Contents of Volume 3 xv
Contents of Volume 4 xix
Contents of Volume 5 xxi
About the Authors in Volume 2 xxv
Part I Biology of Parenting
Chapter 1 The Evolution of Parenting and Evolutionary Approaches to Childrearing 3
Chapter 2 Hormonal Bases of Parenting in Mammals 31
Chapter 3 Psychobiology of Maternal Behavior and Its Early Determinants in Nonhuman Mammals 61
Chapter 4 Primate Parenting 99
Chapter 5 Psychobiology of Maternal Behavior in Human Beings 141
Chapter 6 Intuitive Parenting 183
Part II Social Ecology of Parenting
Chapter 7 Maternal and Dual-Earner Employment Status and Parenting 207
Chapter 8 Socioeconomic Status and Parenting 231
Chapter 9 Culture and Parenting 253
Chapter 10 Environment and Parenting 281
Chapter 11 Developmental Systems Perspective on Parenting 315
Chapter 12 History of Parenting: The Ancient Mediterranean World 345
Author Index 1
Subject Index 1
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