Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Handbook of Parenting (Volume 3): Status and Social Conditions of Parenting

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Handbook of Parenting (Volume 3): Status and Social Conditions of Parenting

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Handbook of Parenting (Volume 3): Status and Social Conditions of Parenting. Marc H. Bornstein (Ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1995. 595 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8058-18928. $125.

In the third of this four-volume set on parenting, Marc Bornstein presents a collection of chapters that focuses on who are the people that are parenting and what social conditions influence parenting either directly (e.g., public policies or legal statutes) or indirectly (e.g., parental beliefs, attitudes, or knowledge that might be influenced by social conditions).

Authors of texts on parenting frequently include the topics of mothering, fathering, single parenthood, adolescent parenthood, and parenting in divorced and remarried families. Increasingly, they also include grandparenthood and gay and lesbian parenthood, as well. This volume has chapters on each of those topics in Part I: Who Is the Parent. This volume also includes chapters on nonparental caregiving, parents who adopt, and sibling caregiving. These chapters represent reviews of literature that are found less frequently or with less detail in texts on parenting, thus augmenting the contribution of this volume to the parenting literature. In Part 2: Social Conditions of Parenting, Bornstein includes chapters that cover the themes of parents' knowledge and expectations, beliefs, attitudes toward childrearing, and social networks-themes that commonly appear in parenting texts. He includes, as well, the themes of transition to parenting, parenting and public policy, and parenting and the law that often receive less coverage in many parenting texts. A major overall strength of the volume is the extensive lists of references that these authors have reviewed. …

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