Supporting Children in Their Home, School, and Community / Edition 1

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While most texts touch lightly on families, Sailor's text provides in-depth readable coverage of diverse family forms, cultural differences, early care and education, schooling, the media, community services, and social policies affecting the development of children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205360925
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Current Trends,” “Key Points,” and “Resources and References.”

1. Growing Up in Society.



Social Classes in the United States.

Ways Children Are Socialized.

An Ecological Model.

Agents of Socialization.

Childhood—Yesterday and Today.

2. The Family Shapes the Child.

How Forces in Society Affect Family Life.

Family: A Facilitating Environment.

The Family Provides Emotional Attachment.

The Family Provides Nurturing.

Qualities of Temperament.

The Family Facilitates Personal and Social Development.

Social Cognition.

Acquiring a Sense of Self.

Determinants of Self-concept.

Acquiring a Sense of Others.


Moral Development.

Sex Differences and Gender Identity.

A Child's Membership in the Family.

Children: Society's Future.

3. The Rich Diversity of Family Forms.

Origin of the Family.

Contemporary Families.

Extended Families.

The Nuclear Family.

Family Structure.

Challenges of Nuclear Families.

Strengths of This Family Form.

Single-Parent Families.


Strengths of This Family Form.

Blended Families.

Family Structure.

Challenges of Parents.

Strengths of Blended Families.

4. Routes to Parenting.

Teens as Parents.

Societal Conditions.

Structure of the Teenage Family.

Challenges for Parents and Children.

Challenges for Society.

Foster Parents.

History of Foster Care.

Roles of Foster Parents.

Challenges of Foster Parents, Children, and Society.

Societal Support Services.


Family Structure.

Challenges of Adoptive Parents and Children.

Societal Responsibilities.

Types of Adoption.

Sources of Adoption.

Current Trends in Adoption.

Grandparents as Parents: Kinship Care.

Challenges for Grandparents and Grandchildren.

Society's Response.

Current Trends.

Lesbian and Gay Parents.


Family Structure.

Challenges for Lesbian and Gay Families.

Effects on Children of Gay and/or Lesbian Families.

Challenges for Society.

5. Child Rearing: A Challenge for Parents and for Society.

Influences on Child Rearing Practices.

Changing Roles of Parents.

Children's Developmental Stages.

Stages of Parenthood.

Styles of Parenting.

Ethnic Child Rearing Patterns.

Parenting a Child with Special Needs.

Parenting Education.

Discipline and Punishment.

A B C's of Good Parenting.

Key Points: Child Rearing.

Resources and References.

6. Family Strengths and Stresses.


Family Stressors and Coping Skills.


Death of a Parent.

Resilient Children.

7. Child Care: New Challenges.

Effects of Child Care on Children.

Child Care Options.

Contrasting Curriculums: Approaches to Learning.

Quality Care and Assessment.

How Can High Quality Care Be Measured?

Parent Involvement.

Can Early Education Intervention Make a Lasting Difference?

School-Age Children and Out-of-School Care.

Early Care and Education for the 21st Century.

8. Schooling.

The American Education System.

Teachers' Influences.

Children's Learning Styles.

Family School Involvements.


Private Schooling.

Magnet Schools.

Home Schooling.

Schooling for Special Needs Children.

The Charter School Experiment.

Educating and Supporting Homeless Children.

Assessment of Public Schools.

Computers, the Internet, Schools, and the 21st Century.

9. Siblings, Peers, and Friends.

Sibling's Special Place.

Qualities of Sibling Relationships.

Influences on Sibling Relationships.


Development of the Peer Group.

Functions of Peer Groups.

Skills Facilitating Peer Acceptance.

Adult Sponsored Activities that Build Peer Relationships.


Development of Friendships.

Characteristics of Popular, Rejected, and Ignored Children.

Loneliness in Children.

Shy or Withdrawn Students.

Problems in Relationships.


10. Mass Media and Technology.

Role of Mass Media.

Control of the Media.

Private and Public Television and Radio.

Television, Video Games, Computers, and the Internet.

Print Media and Children.

11. Violence in the Lives of Children and Peaceful Alternatives.

Roots and Consequences of Violence.

Forms of Violence.

Helping Children Cope with Violence.

Peaceful Alternatives to Violence.

12. Effects of Government and All Social Policies on Children and Families.

Roles of Government.

Legislative, Administrative, and Legal/Judicial Systems.

Conditions Impacting Children and Their Families.


13. Community: Its Influence on Children.

Functions of a Community.

Life in Cities, Suburbs and Rural Communities.



Rural Communities.

Characteristics Affecting All Communities.

Community Services.

Health Care—A Right or a Privilege.

Hospice Care.

Religious Organizations.

Community Play Areas and Parks and Recreation Programs.

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