Parent-Child Relations: An Introduction to Parenting (6th Edition)

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Known for its interactive format, this research-driven book tackles the intricacies of parent-child relationships in a contemporary society. Using family systems theory, the book examines the evolution of the family, the stages of family system development, and the challenges faced by all types of families. Readers will encounter a broad range of issues such as multiracial families, adoption, gay and lesbian parents, and family therapy. Topics include: Dimensions of Parenthood; Ethnic Diversity of Contemporary American Families; Parenting Strategies; Theoretical Perspectives; The Transition to Parenthood; Childbirth and the Newborn; Parenting Infants and Toddlers; Parenting Young Children; Parenting School-Age Children; Parenting Adolescents and Young Adults; Parenting in Single-Parent Family Systems; Parenting in Stepfamily Systems; Parenting in High-Risk Families; and Special Challenges in Parenting.

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A new edition of this pioneer text...one that explores relations between parents and children from a developmental perspective, a perspective enhanced in the Fourth Edition by the introduction of family systems theory as a starting point for helping students understand how relationships grow and change over time. The text examines developmental and environmental factors which affect parent-child relations, as well as the often discounted influence children exert on adult parenting behavior over the lifespan.

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Jerry J. Bigner, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523, and retired in 2004 after 36 years of service in higher education. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of life-span human development, parent-child relations, theories of human development and family studies, marriage and family relationships, early childhood education, and research methods in human development and family studies. He also has completed all course work and practicum requirements in marriage and family therapy and continues to work towards licensure in this area. His text, Parent-Child Relations, is now in its 8th edition, and he has two published texts in life-span human development and family studies. He is the author or co-author of over 50 research articles focusing primarily on parent-child relations as well as relationship and family therapy issues. He is Editor of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and serves on Editorial Board of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. He is a research member of the American Family Therapy Academy and is a member of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Bigner is a 2005 Centennial Laureate Award recipient of the College of Human Sciences, Florida State University. He also is the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of the College of Human Sciences, Florida State University.

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