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.

Assessing and Delivering Parent Support

Assessing and Delivering Parent Support

Assessing and delivering parent support


Parents who receive support as well as parents who perceive themselves as supported tend to be physically and mentally healthier than those who do not. This chapter focuses on issues related to support, beginning with a review of how the concept has developed. Support is defined as a quality of an interaction between either two people or a person and some entity (such as government policy) in which usually the recipient perceives the interaction as supportive. The functions of support are described, recognizing that ‘supportive’ interactions have the potential to be detrimental as well as beneficial. A broad range of potential sources of support is identified, including a person's immediate relationships; networks among social relationships; government and ...

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