The individual papers in this special collection exemplify the current standard and the very best research practices by using cultural group variation to make interesting discoveries about parenting and childhood development. They employ careful methods and clearly defined samples. Each paper addresses the impacts of pathways on development and the nature of well-being in children as well as parents. Peggy Miller and colleagues examine the culture-specific nature of "self-esteem" so pervasive in contemporary United States discourse. Tamis-LeMonda argues that childrearing values are an important area for research on parental goals and the meaning of parental behaviors while Amy Miller and Robin Harwood highlight the widely varying, and locally specific, cultural information embedded in feeding and playing with a baby. Marc Bornstein compares the cultural influences on parent and child play between agrarian, southern Italy and the more urban, industrial north. Lastly, Cynthia Garcia Coll and colleagues examine parental involvement in the schools of different immigrant families in Providence, Rhode Island.
Volume 3, Number 2, 2002. Contents: C.S. Tamis-LeMonda, S. Wang, E. Koutsouvanou, M. Albright, Childrearing Values in Greece, Taiwan, and the United States. P.J. Miller, S-H. Wang, T. Sandel, G.E. Cho, Self-Esteem as Folk Theory: A Comparison of European American and Taiwanese Mothers' Beliefs. A.M. Miller, R.L. Harwood, The Cultural Organization of Parenting: Change and Stability of Behavior Patterns During Feeding and Social Play Across the First Year of Life. M.H. Bornstein, P. Venuti, C-S. Hahn, Mother-Child Play in Italy: Regional Variation, Individual Stability, and Mutual Dyadic Influence. C.G. Col, D. Akiba, N. Palacios, B. Bailey, R. Silver, L. DiMartino, C. Chin, Parental Involvement in Children's Education: Lessons from Three Immigrant Group. T.S. Weisner, Ecocultural Pathways, Family Values, and Parenting.