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 Chronically Ill Children–the Scope and Impact of Pediatric Parenting Stress

Parenting chronically ill children–the scope and impact of pediatric parenting stress

Summary

Parenting children with a chronic illness represents an important area of interest for practitioners and researchers alike. This is because children with long-term medical problems constitute a significant portion of health care patients, and the stresses faced by parents raising such children are formidable.

The goal of this chapter is to explore particular issues in parenting that arise when infants, children, and adolescents experience chronic and/or life-threatening illness. In addition to describing the emergence of this special area of parenting research, we review cross-cutting themes in parent-child stress and coping that offer multiple frameworks in which to understand these complex psychological processes. Along with a ...

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