Summary: Parent-Child Relations: An Introduction to Parenting, Eighth Edition Jerry J. Bigner, Colorado State University How is a family defined today? What are the functions of families in contemporary society? Known for its interactive format and effective pedagogical features, this brief, user-friendly, research-driven book tackles the intricacies of parent-child relationships in contemporary society. Using family systems theory, the author examines the evolution of the family, the stages ...show moreof family system development, and the challenges faced by all types of families. Readers will encounter a broad range of issues to help them prepare for their roles as professionals working with families or as parents themselves. This is what reviewers had to say about the eighth edition ofParent-Child Relations: ''The whole text does a nice job of balancing breadth and depth . . . It is interesting, highly readable, and provocative.'' Leo R. Sandy, Plymouth State University ''I would consider adopting this book particularly because of its thorough coverage of realistic topics in the 21 st century having to do with parents and children (of all ages) . . .right up to the inclusion of the topic of children caring for their parents.'' Margaret A. Smedley, Ph.D., Cleveland State University ''Overall, the book is well-written and informative. The topics, focus questions, and pictures are engaging and help to keep the reader's attention. The book covers a variety of topics in a broad sweep. Vonda Jump, Utah State University ''I like the streamlined developmental sections and increased emphasis on theory and special issues.'' Jane Lanigan, Washington State University New to this edition NEW:Includes expanded coverage of attachment between parents and childrenndash;Explains how it affects development of both adults and children. Increases student understanding of the importance of nurturance at all levels of development. NEW! Gives a much greater emphasis on the cultural context of parenting throughout and especially in Chapters 1 and 2ndash;Describes how parenting is shaped by family ecological and cultural factors. Provides for increased development of empathy and understanding of the global human development issues affecting parenting topics. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 8TH 10
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