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.

The Social Context of Parenting

The social context of parenting


After an overview of current public debate about families and parenting and recent policy initiatives, the chapter considers some of the principal contributing influences. These include a series of rapid demographic and social changes affecting families in the final decades of the 20th century and the results from research into their underlying causes and significance. The further role of research in drawing attention to parenting as a skill that can be improved is examined. So, too, is the interest of successive political administrations in claims that a ‘parenting deficit’ has contributed to antisocial behaviour among children and young people. Description of the important part that voluntary (non-profit) organizations have played in the spread of parenting and ...

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