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Parenting
A Dynamic Perspective

Third Edition
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January 2020 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Third Edition of George W. Holden’s Parenting: A Dynamic Perspective provides a highly accessible and intellectually rich review of what is currently known about parenting. Written from a psychological perspective but with applications to other disciplines, the text discusses a wide range of contemporary issues such as fertility problems, daycare, marital conflict, divorce, gay parents, and family violence. Additionally, Holden includes studies from developing and non-Western countries, as well as recent statistics on such topics as U.S. and world birthrate, birth problems, adolescent pregnancy, child injury, divorce and remarriage, child maltreatment, and certain social policy issues.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Understanding Parents and Child Rearing
 
Chapter 1: Introduction: From Beliefs to Evidence
Parenting Beliefs Throughout History

 
Authorities' Parenting Beliefs Throughout History

 
Other Sources of Parenting Beliefs

 
Using Research to Understand Parenting

 
 
Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Parenting
Introduction to Theory

 
Classical Theories

 
Biological, Genetic, and Environmental Influences

 
Social Learning and Social Theories

 
Family Systems Theory

 
Other Emotion-Based Theories

 
Developmental Stage Theories

 
 
Chapter 3: Approaches to Parenting Research
Approaches

 
Comparing Approaches

 
 
Chapter 4: How Important Are Parents?
Historical Evidence About Parental Influence

 
Associations Between Parenting and Children’s Outcomes

 
The Behavioral Genetics Challenge

 
A New Perspective on How Parents Matter

 
Trajectories and Development

 
 
Chapter 5: Determinants of Parenting
Categories of Determinants

 
Cultural and Distal Determinants

 
Contextual Determinants

 
Stable Characteristics Determinants

 
Situational Determinants

 
Interrelations Among Determinants

 
 
Part II: Parenting and Development
 
Chapter 6: Becoming a Parent
Deciding to Have a Child

 
Getting Pregnant, Staying Pregnant, and Encountering Problems

 
Labor and Childbirth

 
The Preterm Newborn

 
Transitioning to Parenthood

 
Parenting the Newborn

 
The Problem of Infant Mortality

 
Ethical Issues

 
 
Chapter 7: Parenting Infants and Toddlers
Parenting Infants

 
Parenting Toddlers

 
 
Chapter 8: Parenting Preschoolers
Parenting a Preschooler

 
Contemporary Issues

 
 
Chapter 9: Parenting During the Middle Childhood Years
Parents and Within-Family Interactions

 
Parents and External Influences

 
 
Chapter 10: Parenting Adolescents
Developmental Changes in Adolescence

 
Problems for Adolescents and Their Parents

 
How Parents Help Teens Navigate Adolescence

 
 
Part III: Contemporary Issues
 
Chapter 11: Parenting in Nontraditional Families
Single Parents

 
Adolescent Mothers

 
ART Families

 
Adoptive Parents

 
Gay and Lesbian Parents

 
Blended/Stepparent Parents

 
Grandparents as Parents

 
Foster Parents

 
Parenting Emergent Adults

 
Chapter 12: Parents at Risk

 
Economic Factors

 
Parent Context

 
 
Chapter 13: Cultural Influences on Parenting
Parenting in Different Countries

 
Cultural Diversity Among North American Parents

 
Religion and Parenting

 
 
Chapter 14: Child Maltreatment: When Parenting Goes Awry
Child Maltreatment Throughout History

 
The Many Faces of Child Maltreatment

 
Child Maltreatment Across Time and Country

 
Protecting Maltreated Children: Foster Parents

 
The Costs of Child Maltreatment

 
 
Chapter 15: Social Policy Issues
The Changing American Family

 
The Societal Costs of Family Problems

 
Social Policy Responses

 
Controversial Social Policy Ideas

 
Appendix: Journals That Frequently Publish Studies Pertaining to Parenting

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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George W. Holden

GEORGE W. HOLDEN, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning his degree in developmental psychology with a minor in social psychology, he was a member of the psychology faculty at the University of Texas for 23 years. While at U.T., he was head of the developmental area from 1990 to 1996 and the Director of the Institute of Human Development and Family Studies from 1995 to 1997. For five years (1999 to 2004) he served as Associate Chair of the Psychology Department. He is... More About Author

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