Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan

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Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
Springer, Dec 6, 2018 - Psychology - 853 pages

This handbook presents the latest theories and findings on parenting, from the evolving roles and tasks of childrearing to insights from neuroscience, prevention science, and genetics. Chapters explore the various processes through which parents influence the lives of their children, as well as the effects of parenting on specific areas of child development, such as language, communication, cognition, emotion, sibling and peer relationships, schooling, and health. Chapters also explore the determinants of parenting, including consideration of biological factors, parental self-regulation and mental health, cultural and religious factors, and stressful and complex social conditions such as poverty, work-related separation, and divorce. In addition, the handbook provides evidence supporting the implementation of parenting programs such as prevention/early intervention and treatments for established issues. The handbook addresses the complementary role of universal and targeted parenting programs, the economic benefits of investment in parenting programs, and concludes with future directions for research and practice.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:

The role of fathers in supporting children’s development.

Developmental disabilities and their effect on parenting and child development.

Child characteristics and their reciprocal effects on parenting.

Long-distance parenting and its impact on families.

The shifting dynamic of parenting and adult-child relationships.

The effects of trauma, such as natural disasters, war exposure, and forced displacement on parenting.

The Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan is an essential reference for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and therapists and professionals in clinical child and school psychology, social work, pediatrics, developmental psychology, family studies, child and adolescent psychiatry, and special education.


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Dr Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, founder of the Triple P ̶ Positive Parenting Program and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is considered a world leader in the development, evaluation, and global dissemination of evidence-based parenting programs. He has held visiting appointments at multiple universities, including the University of Auckland, University of Manchester, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of South Carolina. He has conducted a large number of high quality projects on the role of parenting in influencing developmental outcomes in children and adolescents. He has developed or co-developed a range of specific parenting programs. His work has been recognized with a number of international awards. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Association, The New Zealand Psychological Association, and is former Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has received a Trailblazer Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy Special Interest Group on Parenting and Families, and a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Psychological Association, the New Zealand Psychological Society and is an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in Australia, and the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He has received an International Collaborative Prevention Research Award from the Society for Prevention Science. He has received a Top Innovator Award and an Innovation Champion Award from Uniquest, the University of Queensland’s main technology transfer company. He is a former Queenslander of the Year. He is married to wife Trish and has two children and five grandchildren.
A/Prof Alina Morawska is Deputy Director (Research) at the Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on behavioural family intervention as a means for promoting positive family relationships, and the prevention and early intervention for young children at risk of developing behavioral and emotional problems. In particular, her focus is on improving the health and overall wellbeing of children and families. She has published extensively in the field of parenting and family intervention and has received numerous grants to support her research. She is a Director of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Ltd.

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