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Parenting
A Dynamic Perspective

Second Edition


© 2015 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written from a psychological perspective while integrating cross-disciplinary viewpoints, this fully updated Second Edition takes a parent-centered approach to exploring topics such as the reasons behind parental behavior, the effect parents and children have on one another, and social policy's ability to help families. Including the latest statistics on family functioning and with coverage of contemporary issues, George Holden’s Parenting conveys the process of parenting in all its complexities. 

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Understanding Parents and Child Rearing
 
Chapter 1: Introduction: From Beliefs to Evidence
Parenting Beliefs Throughout History  
Authorities' Parenting Beliefs Throughout History  
Other Sources of Parenting Beliefs  
Using Research to Understand Parenting  
 
Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Parenting
Introduction to Theory  
Classical Theories  
Biological, Genetic, and Environmental Influences  
Social Learning and Social Theories  
Family Systems Theory  
Other Emotion-Based Theories  
Developmental Stage Theories  
 
Chapter 3: Approaches to Parenting Research
Approaches  
Comparing Approaches  
 
Chapter 4: How Important Are Parents?
Historical Evidence About Parental Influence  
Associations Between Parenting and Children’s Outcomes  
The Behavioral Genetics Challenge  
A New Perspective on How Parents Matter  
Trajectories and Development  
 
Chapter 5: Determinants of Parenting
Categories of Determinants  
Cultural and Distal Determinants  
Contextual Determinants  
Stable Characteristics Determinants  
Situational Determinants  
Interrelations Among Determinants  
 
Part II: Parenting and Development
 
Chapter 6: Becoming a Parent
Deciding to Have a Child  
Getting Pregnant, Staying Pregnant, and Encountering Problems  
Labor and Childbirth  
The Preterm Newborn  
Transitioning to Parenthood  
Parenting the Newborn  
The Problem of Infant Mortality  
Ethical Issues  
 
Chapter 7: Parenting Infants and Toddlers
Parenting Infants  
Parenting Toddlers  
 
Chapter 8: Parenting Preschoolers
Parenting a Preschooler  
Contemporary Issues  
 
Chapter 9: Parenting During the Middle Childhood Years
Parents and Within-Family Interactions  
Parents and External Influences  
 
Chapter 10: Parenting Adolescents
Developmental Changes in Adolescence  
Problems for Adolescents and Their Parents  
How Parents Help Teens Navigate Adolescence  
 
Part III: Contemporary Issues
 
Chapter 11: Parenting in Nontraditional Families
Single Parents  
Adolescent Mothers  
ART Families  
Adoptive Parents  
Gay and Lesbian Parents  
Blended/Stepparent Parents  
Grandparents as Parents  
Foster Parents  
Parenting Emergent Adults  
 
Chapter 12: Parents at Risk
Economic Factors  
Parent Context  
 
Chapter 13: Cultural Influences on Parenting
Parenting in Different Countries  
Cultural Diversity Among North American Parents  
Religion and Parenting  
 
Chapter 14: Child Maltreatment: When Parenting Goes Awry
Child Maltreatment Throughout History  
The Many Faces of Child Maltreatment  
Child Maltreatment Across Time and Country  
Protecting Maltreated Children: Foster Parents  
The Costs of Child Maltreatment  
 
Chapter 15: Social Policy Issues
The Changing American Family  
The Societal Costs of Family Problems  
Social Policy Responses  
Controversial Social Policy Ideas  
 
Appendix: Journals That Frequently Publish Studies Pertaining to Parenting
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.

Comprehensive and in depth guide to broad areas of parenting. Incredibly valuable book for students and tutors alike.

Sarah Holmes
Childhood & Youth Studies, Liverpool Hope University
September 4, 2017

Readable, yet thorough.

Ms Lynnette Nickleberry
Community Human Svcs Dept, Suny Empire State Clg-Saratoga
July 25, 2016

This book presents a contemporary view of parenting. A very good read

Ms Ruth Heffernan
Health and Community Studies, University of Bolton
March 3, 2016

A very broad explanation with pertinent key focus of the effects of and for parents.
Easy to pinpoint theory, data and research from the contents breakdown. Every aspect of research in the book is referenced and further explored. A lovely book, easy to read. A great resource for me and my students to help with their studies.

Ms Lisa M Bradley
Applied Social Science (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
September 30, 2015

This book would support our students to grasp the fundamentals of the theoretical perspectives on parenting. It fits in well with the key learning outcomes for this module and I will be recommending that the library invests in copies as well as notifying our University bookshop.

Mrs Natasha Bye-Brooks
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
June 2, 2015

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