Theories, Research, and Child-Rearing Practices

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 461–462. Reviews the book, Science and Patterns of Child Care by Elizabeth M. R. Lomax, Jerome Kagan, and Barbara G. Rosenkrantz (see record 1979-33266-000). The purpose of the book is to trace part of the history of scientific studies in child development during the last century to document how tension between fact and theory has prevented a hardening of position as to how children should be raised. The presentation is thoughtful and thus, thought provoking. The writing is clear, straightforward, and never didactic. It is refreshingly easy to read. However, the full import of the purpose of the book does not appear in the title. We sincerely hope that the faith of our medical and child development historian is justified. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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