The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.

Parenting and Children's Physical Health

Parenting and Children's Physical Health

Parenting and children's physical health


The purpose of this chapter is to synthesize available literature documenting relationships between dimensions of parenting, which include contextual factors, cognitive behavioral factors, parenting process and relational variables, and children's health variables. The chapter also includes an overview of cognitive behavioral health interventions that involve parents. Implications for practice and research are also addressed.

Parenting and Children's Health

In the past three decades, a substantial body of research exploring psychosocial factors and physical health has been published, partly because medical and mental health professionals have increasingly recognized that most aspects of physical health can be influenced by both physiological and psychosocial processes. This trend reflects the shift away from the mind-body dualism that characterized Western cultural perspectives on ...

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