Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.




Parenthood concerns the processes of identification of individual adults (parents) who are considered to have particular connections with individual children, with associated expectations for their care (parenting) and social positioning. As a term, parenthood is gender neutral.


Concepts centred on the reproduction and care of infants and young people point to a cluster of terms around categories of people, institutionalized social forms, and activities in relation to children. Parent refers to a particular status, or category of person, of indeterminate gender, who is identified as standing in a special relationship with an individual child or related children. This term may also extend to expectations of performing a particular role as a parent. Parenthood refers to how this category or role is institutionalized as a social ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles