Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.

Parenting and the Home Environment

Parenting and the Home Environment

Parenting and the home environment
Marisa MorinJennifer GlickmanJeanne Brooks-Gunn


Children develop within multiple contexts that affect children and family over time (Bronfenbrenner, 1986). In this chapter, we examine two intersecting spheres of influence on children's development – what parents do with their children (often referred to by developmental psychologists as parenting) and what the home environment is like for young children. Clearly, parents are largely responsible for organizing the home environment experienced by their children. However, parents are often constrained by what has been called capital – economic capital (the amount of monetary resources), human capital (the amount of education), and social capital (the number of relationships and ties to other individuals). Each of the forms of capital is often studied ...

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