Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Parenting: An Ecological Perspective Edited by Tom Luster and Lynn Okagaki

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Parenting: An Ecological Perspective Edited by Tom Luster and Lynn Okagaki

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Parenting: An Ecological Perspective. Tom Luster & Lynn Okagaki (Eds.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1993. 272 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8058-0792-6. $59.95 cloth, $27.50 paper.

The editors of this volume have done well in meeting their goal of creating a collection of work that shares an ecological perspective to parenting while also covering multiple facets of ecological systems. The selection and placement of chapters reflects Bronfenbrenner's (1979, 1989) ecological perspective and work by Belsky (1984) on influences on parenting. Each chapter covers a different element of the system, allowing a much more coherent picture of multiple factors impinging on parenting to emerge than has previously been accomplished in any other volume. Each contributor has a line of research on their particular topic, and thus the book is more than a collection of essays. The positions taken in each chapter are not only well argued, they are well documented. The coverage of these chapters begins with origins of parenting (Vondra and Belsky) which considers the role of personality and relationship factors as determinants of parenting. Attachment theory is also considered in this chapter. In this volume, not only are personality characteristics of the parents explored, but Lerner's chapter explores the influence of child temperament on parenting. Parental beliefs as impinged on by numerous factors outside the home, such as cultural values, socioeconomic status, work, and so forth, are also discussed (Okagaki and Divecha). Emery and Tuer explicitly employ systems theory and are concerned with the interrelationships between children's and parents' daily interactions with each other and the marital relationship. …

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