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.

Parental Influences on Vulnerability and Resilience

Parental Influences on Vulnerability and Resilience

Parental influences on vulnerability and resilience


There is now a significant and high-quality literature on vulnerability and resilience, as the list of references at the end of this chapter indicates. The purpose of this chapter is to present a predominantly clinical perspective on this issue, to highlight those points which workers with parents, in and out of clinics, need to bear in mind from this body of evidence. This chapter addresses the historical background, family factors, individual child factors, environmental factors, cumulative and interactional processes and social policy.


All parents wish to do the best for their children. Often, their greatest fear is that they themselves may in some way damage their children, or perhaps exacerbate, rather than ameliorate, their difficulties. ...

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