The first volume of the Handbook of Parenting concerns itself with parenting children at different stages of development and children with special interests. Chapters in Part I, "Parenting Children and the Elderly," first review distinctive developmental issues and achievements of each age period, as they constitute the special array of characteristics parents must expect and cope with at that stage. Specific developmental characteristics can be expected to influence specifics of parenting. Thus, Marc Bornstein on parenting infants, Carolyn Edwards on parenting toddlers, Andrew Collins, Michael Harris, and Amy Susman on parenting during middle childhood, and Grayson Holmbeck, Roberta Paikoff, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn on parenting adolescents all evaluate developmental issues and achievements particular to each stage and then discuss the salient features of parenting children at that stage. These chapters present the reader with common themes of parenting but at the same time address special interests pertinent to each point in development. In the last chapter in Part I, Steven Zarit and David Eggebeen attend to parent-child relationships in adulthood and old age, exploring the two-way street between care of the elderly by adult children and contributions the elderly make to their adult children's parenting.
Chapters in Part II of Volume 1, "Parenting Various Kinds of Children," address parenting issues surrounding common and special groups of children. On the everyday side, Wyndol Furman deals with parenting siblings and Beverly Fagot with parenting boys and girls. Less common, Hugh Lytton and Jagjit Singh report on parenting twins, and Susan Goldberg and Barbara DiVitto on parenting children born preterm. Robert Hodapp takes up the challenge of parenting children with Down syndrome and other types of mental retardation, and Kenneth Rubin, Shannon Stewart, and Xinyin Chen parents of aggressive and withdrawn children. Finally, David Henry Feldman and Jane Piirto examine parenting talented children. Features and models of parenting in these familiar and rare circumstances reveal fascinating resemblances and particularities.
Chapters in Volume I of the Handbook of Parenting on children and parenting are complemented by those in Volumes 2, 3, and 4. Volume 2 concerns the biology and ecology of parenting: To be understood as a whole, the psychophysiological and sociological determinants of parenting need to be brought into the picture, and Volume 2 relates parenting to its biopsychological roots and sets . . .