Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan

  • Matthew R. Sanders
  • Alina Morawska

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. How Parents Influence Children’s Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew R. Sanders, Karen M. T. Turner
      Pages 3-26
    3. Kirby Deater-Deckard, Mamatha Chary, Sarah McCormick
      Pages 27-45
    4. Hedwig J. A. van Bakel, Ruby A. S. Hall
      Pages 47-66
    5. W. Kim Halford, Galena Rhoades, Megan Morris
      Pages 97-120
    6. Louise J. Keown, Nike Franke, Ripi Kaur
      Pages 121-142
    7. Vanessa E. Cobham, Elizabeth A. Newnham
      Pages 143-169
  3. The Effects of Parenting on Children’s Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Michael I. Posner, Mary K. Rothbart
      Pages 173-199
    3. Karyn L. Healy
      Pages 241-262
    4. Laurie M. Brotman, R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, Spring Dawson-McClure, Esther J. Calzada
      Pages 263-287
    5. Alina Morawska, Amy E. Mitchell
      Pages 289-311
    6. Kate Sofronoff, Koa Whittingham, Felicity L. Brown
      Pages 313-334
  4. Determinants of Parenting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Ann V. Sanson, Primrose L. C. Letcher, Sophie S. Havighurst
      Pages 337-370
    3. Rachel M. Calam, Penny E. Bee
      Pages 371-394
    4. Charlotte Johnston, Joanne L. Park, Natalie V. Miller
      Pages 395-414
    5. Susan M. Love, Theresa Knott
      Pages 441-468
    6. Joey Fung, Maria S. Wong, Heejung Park
      Pages 469-493
    7. Divna M. Haslam, Kylie Burke
      Pages 495-510
    8. Anilena Mejia
      Pages 535-550
    9. Kylie Burke, Divna Haslam, Keny Butler
      Pages 551-564
  5. Tasks and Challenges of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 565-565
    2. Mandy Mihelic, Alina Morawska
      Pages 567-584
    3. Angela D. Staples, John E. Bates
      Pages 585-607
    4. Grace Kirby, Julie Hodges
      Pages 609-629
    5. James N. Kirby, Nam-Phuong T. Hoang
      Pages 653-675
  6. Supporting Parenting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 697-697
    2. Jean K. L. Lee, Anthony Biglan, Christine Cody
      Pages 699-712
    3. Raziye Salari, Pia Enebrink
      Pages 713-743
    4. Robert J. McMahon, Dave S. Pasalich
      Pages 745-773
  7. Implications for Policy and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 775-775
    2. Filipa Sampaio, Inna Feldman, Scott Richards-Jones, Cathrine Mihalopoulos
      Pages 799-820
    3. Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
      Pages 821-831
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 833-853

About this book


This handbook presents the latest theories and findings on parenting, from the evolving roles and tasks of childrearing to insights from neuroscience, prevention science, and genetics. Chapters explore the various processes through which parents influence the lives of their children, as well as the effects of parenting on specific areas of child development, such as language, communication, cognition, emotion, sibling and peer relationships, schooling, and health. Chapters also explore the determinants of parenting, including consideration of biological factors, parental self-regulation and mental health, cultural and religious factors, and stressful and complex social conditions such as poverty, work-related separation, and divorce. In addition, the handbook provides evidence supporting the implementation of parenting programs such as prevention/early intervention and treatments for established issues. The handbook addresses the complementary role of universal and targeted parenting programs, the economic benefits of investment in parenting programs, and concludes with future directions for research and practice.


Topics featured in the Handbook include:


·         The role of fathers in supporting children’s development.

·         Developmental disabilities and their effect on parenting and child development.

·         Child characteristics and their reciprocal effects on parenting.

·         Long-distance parenting and its impact on families.

·         The shifting dynamic of parenting and adult-child relationships.

·         The effects of trauma, such as natural disasters, war exposure, and forced displacement on parenting.


The Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan is an essential reference for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and therapists and professionals in clinical child and school psychology, social work, pediatrics, developmental psychology, family studies, child and adolescent psychiatry, and special education.                                                                                         



Adverse family experiences and child development Biological influences and child development Child education, health, and nutrition Culture, religion, and child development Developmental disorders and parenting Emotion and self-regulation Extended family and social support and children Family structure, couple relationships, and children Genetics, temperament, and health Language, communication, and cognition Laws, policies, and parenting Parental cognitions and child development Parental relationships and effects on children Parental separation and absence and children Parent-child relationships and attachment Peer and sibling relationships Poverty, financial stress, and parenting Prevention programs and parenting Role of fathers in child development Social learning influences and parenting

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew R. Sanders
    • 1
  • Alina Morawska
    • 2
  1. 1.Parenting and Family Support Centre School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Parenting and Family Support Centre School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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