Completely revised and expanded from four to five volumes, this new edition of the Handbook of Parenting appears at a time that is momentous in the history of parenting. Parenting and the family are today in a greater state of flux, question, and redefinition than perhaps ever before. We are witnessing the emergence of striking permutations on the theme of parenting: blended families, lesbian and gay parents, and teen versus fifties first-time moms and dads. One cannot but be awed on the biological front by technology that now not only renders postmenopausal women capable of childbearing, but also presents us with the possibility of designing babies. Similarly on the sociological front, single parenthood is a modern day fact of life, adult child dependency is on the rise, and parents are ever less certain of their own roles, even in the face of rising environmental and institutional demands that they take increasing responsibility for their offspring.
The Handbook of Parenting concerns itself with:
*different types of parents--mothers and fathers, single, adolescent, and adoptive parents;
*basic characteristics of parenting--behaviors, knowledge, beliefs, and expectations about parenting;
*forces that shape parenting--evolution, genetics, biology, employment, social class, culture, environment, and history;
*problems faced by parents--handicap, marital difficulties, drug addiction; and
*practical concerns of parenting--how to promote children's health, foster social adjustment and cognitive competence, and interact with school, legal, and public officials.
Contributors to the Handbook of Parenting have worked in different ways toward understanding all these diverse aspects of parenting, and all look to the most recent research and thinking in the field to shed light on many topics every parent wonders about.
Each chapter addresses a different but central topic in parenting; each is rooted in current thinking and theory, as well as classical and modern research in that topic; each has been written to be read and absorbed in a single sitting. In addition, each chapter follows a standard organization, including an introduction to the chapter as a whole, followed by historical considerations of the topic, a discussion of central issues and theory, a review of classical and modern research, forecasts of future directions of theory and research, and a set of conclusions. Of course, contributors' own convictions and research are considered, but contributions to this new edition present all major points of view and central lines of inquiry and interpret them broadly.
The Handbook of Parenting is intended to be both comprehensive and state of the art. As the expanded scope of this second edition amply shows, parenting is naturally and closely allied with many other fields.
Praise for the first edition:
"The chapters in this Handbook are thoughtful, current, detailed, and thorough….an invaluable source for scholars interested in human development, family relationships, and child care; educators involved in the design, implementation, or evaluation of programs aimed at parents; practitioners who work directly with parents and children; and policymakers concerned with child and family development. Although the four-volume set is understandably expensive, the quality and comprehensiveness of the book make it well worth the investment for scholars who specialize in parenting and parent-child relationships. At the very least, individuals should insist that their institutional libraries order the entire set for their reference collections."
Praise for the first edition:
"It is especially admirable…that Marc Bornstein not only took on this daunting task, but successfully produced a handbook that is definitive--remarkable for its breadth of coverage, for the expertise of its contributors and the quality of chapters that they have written, and for the heuristic value that these volumes contain….a multidisciplinary treasure."
—Journal of Adolescence
"…this handbook is a remarkable achievement, not the least of which was that of bringing together such a large and distinguished group of contributors from so many different fields and with such varied scientific backgrounds and orientations….This valuable work should be made more accessible to parents, students, and researchers."
"Concerned with different types of parents and the forces that shape parenting, this volume…deals specifically with parent-child relationships throughout the lifespan and the parenting of children of different physical, behavioral, and intellectual needs."
Contents: M.H. Bornstein, Preface. E.F. Zigler, Foreword. J. Kagan, Foreword. Part I: Parenting Children and Older People. M.H. Bornstein, Parenting Infants. C.P. Edwards, W-L. Liu, Parenting Toddlers. W.A. Collins, S.D. Madsen, A. Susman-Stillman, Parenting During Middle Childhood. L. Steinberg, J.S. Silk, Parenting Adolescents. S.H. Zarit, D.J. Eggebeen, Parent-Child Relationships in Adulthood and Later Years. Part II: Parenting Children of Varying Status. W. Furman, R. Lanthier, Parenting Siblings. C. Leaper, Parenting Girls and Boys. H. Lytton, L. Gallagher, Parenting Twins and the Genetics of Parenting. S.P. Putnam, A.V. Sanson, M.K. Rothbart, Child Temperament and Parenting. D.M. Brodzinsky, E. Pinderhughes, Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families. J. Haugaard, C. Hazan, Foster Parenting. S. Goldberg, B. DiVitto, Parenting Children Born Preterm. R.M. Hodapp, Parenting Children With Mental Retardation. K.H. Rubin, K.B. Burgess, Parents of Aggressive and Withdrawn Children.