360° of Parenting

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Reviews the book, Parenting Representations: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications, edited by Ofra Mayseless (see record 2006-05840-000). Research on parenting usually focuses on parenting practices, their impact on the child's behavior and personality, and etiological contributions to development of psychopathology in childhood as well as adulthood. This book creates a different foundation for the theory of parenting. The editor's conviction that the attachment motivation is distinct from the caregiving motivation is the primary theme represented in the book. Parenting, for her, is about experiences and initiatives from parents “without expectation to be reciprocated” (p. xix). This is different from nurturance and protection needs. She ensures that the material in the book explains why parents do what they do. The chapters examine the development and transmission of representations of maternal, paternal, and foster parenting. With more liberated parenting possibilities (single mother or single parent, formal and informal adoptions, decrease in grandparents' powers and responsibilities in the upbringing of children) in cultures all over the world, the authors' contributions are quite relevant for contemporary clinicians, social theorists, and developmental psychologists. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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