This highly anticipated third edition of the Handbook of Parenting brings together an array of field-leading experts who have worked in different ways toward understanding the many diverse aspects of parenting. Contributors to the Handbook look to the most recent research and thinking to shed light on topics every parent, professional, and policymaker wonders about. Parenting is a perennially "hot" topic. After all, everyone who has ever lived has been parented, and the vast majority of people become parents themselves. No wonder bookstores house shelves of "how-to" parenting books, and magazine racks in pharmacies and airports overflow with periodicals that feature parenting advice. However, almost none of these is evidence-based. The Handbook of Parenting is. Period. Each chapter has been written to be read and absorbed in a single sitting, and includes historical considerations of the topic, a discussion of central issues and theory, a review of classical and modern research, and forecasts of future directions of theory and research. Together, the five volumes in the Handbook cover Children and Parenting, the Biology and Ecology of Parenting, Being and Becoming a Parent, Social Conditions and Applied Parenting, and the Practice of Parenting.

Volume 3, Being and Becoming a Parent, considers a large cast of characters responsible for parenting, each with her or his own customs and agenda, and examines what the psychological characteristics and social interests of those individuals reveal about what parenting is. Chapters in Part I, on The Parent, show just how rich and multifaceted is the constellation of children’s caregivers. Considered first are family systems and then successively mothers and fathers, coparenting and gatekeeping between parents, adolescent parenting, grandparenting, and single parenthood, divorced and remarried parenting, lesbian and gay parents and, finally, sibling caregivers and nonparental caregiving. Parenting also draws on transient and enduring physical, personality, and intellectual characteristics of the individual. The chapters in Part II, on Becoming and Being a Parent, consider the intergenerational transmission of parenting, parenting and contemporary reproductive technologies, the transition to parenthood, and stages of parental development, and then chapters turn to parents' well-being, emotions, self-efficacy, cognitions, and attributions as well as socialization, personality in parenting, and psychoanalytic theory. These features of parents serve many functions: they generate and shape parental practices, mediate the effectiveness of parenting, and help to organize parenting.

part I|439 pages

The Parent

chapter 1|33 pages

Parenting and Family Systems

ByPatricia K. Kerig

chapter 2|28 pages


ByLynne Murray, Martin P. M. Richards, Julie Nihouarn-Sigurdardottir

chapter 3|73 pages

Fathers and Families

ByRoss D. Parke, Jeffrey T. Cookston

chapter 4|30 pages

Coparenting in Diverse Family Systems

ByJames P. McHale, Yana Segal Sirotkin

chapter 5|32 pages

Parental Gatekeeping

BySarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan, Lauren E. Altenburger

chapter 6|33 pages

Adolescent Parenting

ByM. Ann Easterbrooks, Rachel C. Katz, Meera Menon

chapter 7|39 pages


ByPeter K. Smith, Lauren G. Wild

chapter 8|40 pages

Single Parenthood

ByMarsha Weinraub, Rebecca Kaufman

chapter 9|34 pages

Divorced and Remarried Parenting

ByLawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman, Caroline Sanner

chapter 10|27 pages

Lesbian and Gay Parenthood

ByCharlotte J. Patterson

chapter 11|37 pages

Sibling Caregiving

ByLaurie Kramer, Tessa N. Hamilton

chapter 12|31 pages

Nonparental Caregiving

ByHelen Raikes, Abbie Raikes, Jan Esteraich, Amy Encinger, Aileen S. Garcia, Sukran Ucus, Elsa Escalante

part II|420 pages

Becoming and Being a Parent

chapter 13|39 pages

Intergenerational Transmission of Parenting

ByDavid C. R. Kerr, Deborah M. Capaldi

chapter 14|31 pages

Parenting and Contemporary Reproductive Technologies

BySusan Golombok

chapter 15|43 pages

Transition to Parenthood

ByRebecca M. Ryan, Christina M. Padilla

chapter 16|40 pages

Stages of Parental Development

ByJack Demick

chapter 17|24 pages

Well-Being in Parenting

ByS. Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Diamond Stewart

chapter 18|34 pages

Parenting and Emotions

ByEsther M. Leerkes, Mairin E. Augustine

chapter 19|27 pages

Parenting Self-Efficacy

ByCarlo Schuengel, Mirjam Oosterman

chapter 20|41 pages

Parenting Cognitions

ByGeorge W. Holden, Margaret M. Smith

chapter 21|40 pages

Parental Attributions

ByDaphne Blunt Bugental, Randy Corpuz

chapter 22|35 pages

Parent Socialization and Children’s Values

ByJoan E. Grusec, Maayan Davidov

chapter 23|26 pages

Personality and Parenting

ByPeter Prinzie, Amaranta de Haan, Jay Belsky

chapter 24|38 pages

Psychoanalysis and Parenthood

ByBertram J. Cohler, Susan Paul