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While most texts touch lightly on families, Sailor's text provides in-depth readable coverage of diverse family forms, as well as cultural differences, early care and education, schooling, the media, community services, and social policies affecting the development of children.
“This well-balanced approach to guiding children from diverse family backgrounds merges a narrative style with solid research. The author's extensive travels and involvement with international groups give depth to her observations and conclusions.”
Professor Dorothy W. Hewes
San Diego State University
“The material on fathers is very good and so is the material on the types of parenting...Good coverage of what I consider to be the key aspects of 'schooling issues' today. I was also impressed with the inclusion of multiple intelligences and learning styles.”
Professor Eileen Donahue Britain
“...Growing Up Healthy is truly a text written for the times. It explores various cultural, economical and societal issues that are detrimental to the family/school relationship in a realistic and current way.”
Professor Christine Osgood
Mesa Community College
About the Author:
Dorothy Sailor has worked with children, college students, and parents in child study laboratories and taught child development and family living classes at Fullerton College for thirty years. She has published articles in national and international journals. She has been active in community projects involving children, homeless families, and school issues. She served six years on the World Organization for the Education of Young Children's (OMEP) Executive Committee and currently serves on the U.S. National Committee-OMEP.
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.
Acquiring a Sense of Self.
Determinants of Self-concept.
Acquiring a Sense of Others.
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.
The Nuclear Family.
Challenges of Nuclear Families.
Strengths of This Family Form.
Strengths of This Family Form.
Challenges of Parents.
Strengths of Blended Families.
4. Routes to Parenting.
Teens as Parents.
Structure of the Teenage Family.
Challenges for Parents and Children.
Challenges for Society.
History of Foster Care.
Roles of Foster Parents.
Challenges of Foster Parents, Children, and Society.
Societal Support Services.
Challenges of Adoptive Parents and Children.
Types of Adoption.
Sources of Adoption.
Current Trends in Adoption.
Grandparents as Parents: Kinship Care.
Challenges for Grandparents and Grandchildren.
Lesbian and Gay Parents.
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.
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.
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?
Can Early Education Intervention Make a Lasting Difference?
School-Age Children and Out-of-School Care.
Early Care and Education for the 21st Century.
The American Education System.
Children's Learning Styles.
Family School Involvements.
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.
Characteristics Affecting All Communities.
Health Care—A Right or a Privilege.
Community Play Areas and Parks and Recreation Programs.