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Child Rearing in America : Challenges Facing Parents with Young Children - Neal Halfon

Child Rearing in America

Challenges Facing Parents with Young Children

By: Neal Halfon (Editor), Kathryn Taaffe McLearn (Editor), Mark A. Schuster (Editor)

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Published: 26th August 2002
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This rich and well-researched volume comes in the wake of intense national interest in young children. Leading scholars from diverse disciplines use relevant data from the Commonwealth Survey of Parents with Young Children to present new information about the lives of families with very young children - how parents spend their time with their children, the economic and social challenges they face, and the supports they receive to improve their children's health and development. Such a broad portrait based on nationally representative date has not been attempted before. Drawing on their extensive expertise and research in the issues being addressed, the authors examine and elaborate on the survey findings. They synthesize the major themes emerging from the data and consider the family, community, and policy implications to frame and interpret the results. What emerges is a picture of the complex forces that influence families and child-rearing in the early years.

"We know a great deal about children's behavior, but heartbreakingly little about what their parents do, believe, and need. The findings of Child Rearing in America are sometimes shocking and frequently sobering, but always they represent a sense of hope. The information in this book represents a cutting edge and critical part of the foundation on which we must develop social policies and programs to support parents and benefit the next generation of American children. It should be in the library of everyone who is concerned about families and about family policy." Edward Zigler, Yale University

Introduction and overview
Conditions of Families with Young Children
Resources devoted to child development by families and society
Preparing for parenthood: who's ready, who's not?
Child Rearing Practices
Meeting the challenges of new parenthood: responsibilities, advice, and perceptions
Child discipline in the first three years of life
Breastfeeding in the United States today: are families prepared?
Depressive symptoms in parents of children under age three: sociodemographic predictors, current correlates, and associated parenting behaviors
Delivery of Health Services to Mothers and Children
Prenatal care, delivery, and birth outcomes
Access to health care for young children in the United States
Anticipatory guidance: what information do parents receive? What information do they want?
Future Direction and Policy Implications
New models of pediatric care
Families with children under three: what we know and implications for results and policy
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ISBN: 9780521813204
ISBN-10: 0521813204
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 26th August 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.77