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 Across the Lifespan

Parenting Across the Lifespan

Parenting across the lifespan


The influence of parenting and family life as major sources of environmental change is the main focus of this chapter. Individuals experience their life-cycle and cope with various life tasks in the context of the life-cycle of their families. An important area is generational and intrafamilial relationships in family life, parental roles and associated parenting practices, their contribution to good citizenship and, conversely, the rising tide of antisocial behaviour manifested by children and adolescents. The socialization of children and its successes and failures is a particular theme.

The chapter examines the developmental tasks that face children and adolescents as they grow up; and later, the shifts in their personal development as they move from youthful maturity as parents, to ...

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