Beyond Mother–Child Relations: Development Within the Family

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1191–1192. Reviews the books, Parent-Child Relations Throughout Life edited by Karl Pillemer and Kathleen McCartney (1991); and Children's Sibling Relationships: Developmental and Clinical Issues edited by Frits Boer and Judy Dunn (1992). The breadth of family topics covered within each volume is impressive. Parent-Child Relations Throughout Life is the collaborative effort of a sociologist who studies aging (Pillemer) and a psychologist who studies early childhood (Mc-Cartney). The edited volume covers the life span–young children, adolescents, and adult children of elderly parents–and includes representatives from psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Both of these volumes are the product of conferences. I can only imagine, given the diversity of participants that these conferences included, lively and stimulating intellectual discussion. Certainly, the Foreword sections of both volumes praise the conferences on these grounds. Somehow, despite several excellent contributions, the excitement of the conferences is not translated into the materials of the volume. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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