Partners Becoming Parents
Jason Aronson, Incorporated, Feb 1, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
Christopher Clulow examines the connections between partnership and parenthood, focusing on the parents as partners, as well as parents, and on the child. He examines how children change the relationship between their parents, and what relevance the couple's relationship has for healthy child development.
Becoming parents is arguable the most challenging of life changes faced by couples. There are no clear guidelines about what is involved: the routes are many and the choices range broadly. Today, diverse lifestyles, new technologies, and changing socioeconomic circumstances have combined with other factors to further complicate the demands of parenting. Against this backdrop, couples play out dramas constructed from their own histories and continuing lives together. The child is born into this context of subtle interplay between each parent's, and the couple's inner and outer experiences.
This book provides a fascinating and authoritative look at the emotional process of becoming a family.
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