The world has changed since the first edition of this pioneering text was published in 1979, and with it the context of parenting has changed. Parents today must not just help their children learn socialization, but also teach them the skills and abilities they need to cope with the rapidly changing society of their future. Using the family systems model, the author explains how families function, how they strive to maintain stability over time, and how they change and adapt as children grow up.
The book offers the following pedagogical tools to help students prepare for their roles as professionals working with parents and families as well as becoming parents themselves:
New To This Edition:
NEW: Includes expanded coverage of attachment between parents and children–Explains how it affects development of both adults and children.
NEW! Gives a much greater emphasis on the cultural context of parenting throughout and especially in Chapters 1 and 2–Describes how parenting is shaped by family ecological and cultural factors.
This introductory textbook on parenting outlines the roles of parents, discusses developmental interaction, and identifies the challenges to contemporary parenting. Specific chapters discuss the ethnic diversity of contemporary families, parenting strategies, theoretical perspectives, the various stages of childhood, and different family systems. Among the challenges discussed are adoption, homosexuality, and children with special needs. Bigner teaches human development and family studies at Colorado State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)