Infant Care and Motherhood in an Urban Community

Infant Care and Motherhood in an Urban Community

by Elizabeth Newson (Editor)

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Infant Care and Motherhood in an Urban Community by Elizabeth Newson

Infant Care and Motherhood in an Urban Community investigates the behavior and attitudes of 709 mothers towards their year-old babies. John and Elizabeth Newson, impatient with the voluminous and contradictory literature telling parents how their children should be brought up, decided to find out how they were being brought up. Infant Care in an Urban Community is focused on sources of advice that influence parents, how they feel about their children, and how they react to situations in handling young babies.

Infant handling today is still a subject on which many different specialists use the full weight of their professional authority to back up their private prejudices concerning what is good and what is bad in the care of young children. In the face of the conflict which results, intelligent parents are rapidly forced to the conclusion that the experts know little more about the matter than they do themselves. The truth is that in the present state of knowledge there is not a sufficient body of well-substantiated evidence about the facts and consequences of child rearing on which to base sound practical advice to parents. This is where this book comes in. It shows that much of the advice offered is often out of touch with the practical needs, circumstances, and beliefs of the ordinary mother.

Few theories of child rearing have been subjected to the inconvenience of being reconciled with the empirical evidence. This is the first study which has obtained information of this sort from a large and representative sample of mothers, and which has investigated the behavior of both mother and baby aehere and now' rather than relying on fond maternal memories. A special feature is the use of tape-recorded interviews which has allowed extensive quotation of their mothers' own opinions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202362298
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

John Newson (1925-2010) is co-author of The Family and the Handicapped Child: A Study of Cerebral Palsied Children in Their Homes and Infant Care in an Urban Community. He was a professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham. In addition he was the first chair of the developmental psychology section of the British Psychological Society.

Elizabeth Newson (1929-2014) is the co-author of The Family and the Handicapped Child: A Study of Cerebral Palsied Children in Their Homes and Infant Care in an Urban Community. She was a professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham. She was also named an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Table of Contents

Introduction     13
Background of the Investigation
Aims and design     15
The evaluation of evidence     26
The Pattern of Infant Care
Birth in prospect and retrospect     30
Food and comfort: breast, bottle and dummy     43
Eating and sleeping     69
The roots of socialization     85
Habit making and habit breaking     117
Father's place is in the home     133
Infant Rearing and Social Class
The class factor     146
Childbirth and social class     155
Class trends in infant feeding     164
Patterns of indulgence     176
Aggression and counter-aggression     194
Mothers, fathers and social class     202
The Longer View
Then and now     219
Appendices
The interview schedule     241
Instructions to interviewers     249
Results of statistical tests of significance     253
A Nottingham glossary: words and phrases used in everyday speech     257
List of References     260
Index     262

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