Stimulated by the publication of The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris, Parenting and the Child's World was conceived around the notion that there are multiple sources of influence on children's development, including parenting behavior, family resources, genetic and other biological factors, as well as social influences from peers, teachers, and the community at large.
The text's 39 contributors search for when, where, and how parenting matters and the major antecedents and moderators of effective parenting. The chapters focus on the major conceptual issues and empirical approaches that underlie our understanding of the importance of parenting for child development in academic, socio-emotional, and risk-taking domains. Additional goals are to show how culture and parenting are interwoven, to chart future research directions, and to help parents and professionals understand the implications of major research findings.
Table of Contents
Contents: Series Foreword. Preface. Part I: Parenting Research: Conceptual and Methodological Foundations. J.R. Harris, Beyond the Nurture Assumption: Testing Hypotheses About the Child's Environment. D.C. Rowe, What Twin and Adoption Studies Reveal About Parenting. E.E. Maccoby, Parenting Effects: Issues and Controversies. S.L. Ramey, The Science and Art of Parenting. Part II: Early Influences of Parenting on Achievement and Competence. P.A. Cowan, C.P. Cowan, What an Intervention Design Reveals About How Parents Affect Their Children's Academic Achievement and Behavior Problems. NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, Parenting and Family Influences When Children Are in Child Care: Results From the NICHD Study of Early Child Care. C.T. Ramey, S.L. Ramey, R.G. Lanzi, J.N. Cotton, Early Educational Interventions for High-Risk Children: How Center-Based Treatment Can Augment and Improve Parenting Effectiveness. F.J. Morrison, R.R. Cooney, Parenting and Academic Achievement: Multiple Paths to Early Literacy. J.G. Borkowski, T. Bisconti, K. Weed, C. Willard, D.A. Keogh, T.L. Whitman, The Adolescent as Parent: Influences on Children's Intellectual, Academic, and Socioemotional Development. Part III: Parenting Influences on Emotional Development and Socialization. L.A. Sroufe, From Infant Attachment to Promotion of Adolescent Autonomy: Prospective, Longitudinal Data on the Role of Parents in Development. L. Embry, G. Dawson, Disruptions in Parenting Behavior Related to Maternal Depression: Influences on Children's Behavioral and Psychobiological Development. K.A. Dodge, Mediation, Moderation, and Mechanisms in How Parenting Affects Children's Aggressive Behavior. T.J. Dishion, B.M. Bullock, Parenting and Adolescent Problem Behavior: An Ecological Analysis of the Nurturance Hypothesis. E.M. Cummings, M.C. Goeke-Morey, M.A. Graham, Interparental Relations as a Dimension of Parenting. S.J. Suomi, Parents, Peers, and the Process of Socialization in Primates. Part IV: Contextual-Cultural Influences on Parenting Nondisabled and Disabled Children. S.M. McGroder, M.J. Zaslow, K.A. Moore, E.C. Hair, S.K. Ahluwalia, The Role of Parenting in Shaping the Impacts of Welfare-to-Work Programs on Children. D.P. Hogan, M.E. Msall, Family Structure and Resources and the Parenting of Children With Disabilities and Functional Limitations. L.M. Glidden, Parenting Children With Developmental Disabilities: A Ladder of Influence. Part V: Future Research Directions and Translations to Parenting Practices. M.M. Feerick, M. Bristol-Power, D. Bynum, The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Research on Parenting: Past, Present, and Future Directions. J.G. Borkowski, S.L. Ramey, C. Stile, Parenting Research: Translations to Parenting Practices.
"It is a collection of excellent essays that report the best of recent thinking and is excellently edited. It would be appropriate for upper level undergraduate courses as well as an early graduate level introduction to the state of thinking about issues surrounding the parent-to-child effects of diverse child rearing practices. The text would be interesting as well for philosophers thinking about methodological and conceptual problems surrounding the nature-nurture debates. It certainly should be included in the collection of any good undergraduate library."