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Parenting
A Dynamic Perspective

Fourth Edition


September 2024 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
George Holden and Amanda Harrist embrace the idea that parenting is a dynamic process: children affect parents just as much as parents affect children. A multi-level, ecological approach to parenting and childrearing allows a full range of parenting styles, covering topics from co-parenting, evolutionary views, human behavioral genetics, to religious influences, and addressing challenges to be encountered across parenting courses, such as family violence, behavior problems, and the role of pathology in the family. The completely updated Parenting: A Dynamic Process, Fourth Edition presents research in a way that is accessible and interesting but also accurate, current, and intellectually rich. Although written from a psychological perspective, views and applications from other disciplines - including sociology, criminology, anthropology, and pediatrics - are also discussed where appropriate. The text discusses contemporary issues, such as fertility problems, daycare, marital conflict, whether or not to use physical punishment, divorce, remarriage and step-parents, LBGTQ parents, the effects of poverty, risks and benefits of media use among children, and family violence. Additionally, Holden and Harrist include selected studies from developing and non-Western countries as well as recent statistics on such topics as US & world birthrate, birth problems, adolescent pregnancy, child injury, divorce and remarriage, child maltreatment, and certain social policy issues.
 
PART ONE. Setting the Stage
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Theoretical Perspectives on Parenting
 
3. Determinants of Parenting
 
PART TWO. PARENTING AND DEVELOPMENT
 
4. Becoming a Parent
 
5. Parenting Infants and Toddlers
 
6. Parenting Preschoolers
 
7. Parenting During the Middle Childhood Years
 
8. Parenting Adolescents
 
Part Three. Parenting Today
 
9. Parenting Adult Children
 
10. Parenting in its Contemporary Forms
 
11. Parents at Risk
 
12. Parenting Across Cultures
 
13. Cultural Diversity in U.S. Parents
 
14. Child Maltreatment: When Parenting Goes Awry
 
15. Parents and Social Policy

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