Parent-Child RelationsContext, Research, and Application
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Parent-Child Relations: History, Theory and Context, Third Edition,is the most comprehensive book available on the relationship between parent and child. The author presents the historical and cultural contexts of parent-child relations, taking a unique developmental and contextual approach to the subject, addressing parenting theory, research, and application. The text points out the similarities and differences in parent-child relations across many cultures, in age and gender, and at each stage of life. Parenting strategies are also given a great emphasis in this text, covered early on to set the stage for the later chapters that focus on parenting at different levels of development. These strategies provide guidance for parents as well as for professionals working with children and their parents or other caregivers. Changes to the third edition include an increased emphasis on the various contexts of parenting, more discussion of the role of gender in parent-child relationships as well as an expanded coverage of the role of fathers, a greater emphasis on other persons in the parental role such as foster parents and grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren, and a focus on the influence of technology on the lives of parents and children, interwoven through most of the chapters.
Chapter 1: Historical and Theoretical Influences of Childrearing
Chapter 2: Parenting Patterns and the Impact of Culture and Context
Chapter 3: Parents and Children in Varied Family Structures
Chapter 4: Child Socialization Strategies and Techniques
Chapter 5: Becoming Parents and Parenting Infants and Toddlers
Chapter 6: Parent-Preschooler Interactions
Chapter 7: Parents and Their School-Age Children
Chapter 8: Parent-Adolescent Interactions
Chapter 9: The Relationships of Young Adults, Their Parents, and Their Children
Chapter 10: Middle Age and Older Parenthood and Grandparenthood
Chapter 11: Parenting Children with Special Needs
Chapter 12: Families at Risk and Families Coping with the Death of a Family Member
· Pedagogy that Enhances the Learning Experience for Students. This edition features a plethora of chapter features to help them learn and retain the material including: Chapter Learning Objectives, Critical Thinking Questions dispersed throughout each chapter, End of Chapter Summaries, bolded key terms that are explained in the text as well as in the Glossary, Test Your Knowledge Questions (new to this edition) and relevant current websites.
· A Contextual Approach to Parenting. A distinctive feature of this book is the inclusion of historical as well as cultural approaches to understanding parent-child relations. It includes strong coverage of cultural variations in child rearing practices.
· A Focus on the Evolving Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs and Chronic Illness. An entire chapter is devoted to parenting exceptional children with recommendations for helping parents to meet those challenges.
· Early Introduction of Parenting Strategies. Now located earlier in the book, in Chapter 4, are strategies and techniques for child socialization. This earlier placement of strategies was requested by professors and will engage students early in the course and prepare them for their work with families.
· A Greater Emphasis on Parenting Challenges. Expanded and reorganized coverage of parenting challenges including dealing with grief and loss (now discussed within the developmental chapters), presenting cultural and structural contexts of parenting (in two separate chapters for more depth), and expanded detail about families at risk.
· Resources for Deeper Understanding. Learning objectives presented at the beginning of each chapter, useful websites located at chapter end, a glossary of key terms, and an appendix on parenting programs are new and easily accessible resources for students.
· Instructor’s Materials to Help Better Prepare and Teach the Course. Available online are several new supplements including PowerPoint slides, an Instructor’s Manual, and a Test Bank.
Phyllis Heath is a professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies at Central Michigan University. She has also taught courses for Michigan State University in Okinawa, Japan. She was educated at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she received a B.A. in Psychology. At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she earned a MA in Human Development and Learning. She received a PhD in Child Development and Family relations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research has focused on the ways in which parental attitudes and behaviors affect children’s social competence, factors influencing parenting patterns, and more recently, the links between parenting behaviors and adolescent depression. She has also explored beliefs and behaviors of parents in indigenous cultures in Oaxaco, Mexico and in South Africa.