Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research, 1st Edition

  • Michelle Y. Janning
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  • ISBN-10: 1440855935
  • ISBN-13: 9781440855931
  • DDC: 306.874
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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News and social media headlines abound with contradictory stories about parents, from tales of neglect to fear of helicopter parenting. What readers know about parenting and parenthood can stem from misinformation and oversimplification. In this book, a wide variety of contributors share research on topics ranging from international adoption to technology to talking with children about racial issues. Scholars, students, parents, and practitioners alike will find that this book breaks new ground in terms of its timely approach, its spotlight on current topics, and its attention to thinking through exaggerated and conflicting media claims about contemporary parenting. Importantly, the book focuses on both parenting, the lived experiences of parents, and parenthood, the social and cultural construction of parenthood in today's world, making it a resource for those interested in the truth of the everyday lives of American parents.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Changing Patterns in Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood.
1: Helicopter Parents: A New Moral Panic?.
2: World’s Okayest Mom: The Adaptive Management Parent.
3: The Changing Landscape of Parent–Adult Child Relations.
4: Parenthood in the Age of Apps and Mommy Blogs: Technology and Digital Culture in Parent–Child Relations.
5: Parenthood and Mental Health in the United States: Why Don’t Children Improve Adults’ Emotional Well-Being?.
Work, Family, and Leisure for Parents.
6: Parental Leave Programs: What Do We Know about Designing Good Policies?.
7: The Promise and Limits of Work-Family Supports in a Shifting Policy Landscape: A Double Bind for Working Mothers in Western Germany.
8: Parenthood and Leisure Time Disparities.
9: Understanding Inequality: Children, Consumer Culture, and the Empathy Framework.
10: Do We Talk about Race/Ethnicity with Our Children or Not? Variations in Parental Ethnic-Racial Socialization Strategies.
11: What Do Visas Have to Do with Parenting? Middle-Class Dependent Visa Holders and Transcultural Parenting.
12: Lost in Detention and Deportation—“Found” through Foster Care and Adoption: Reviewing the Tensions between Family Building and Human Rights in the United States.
13: Child Well-Being in Same-Gender-Parent Families: Courts, Media, and Social Science Research.
14: Reproducing Family: How Parents Accept Their LGB Children’s “Good” Families.
About the Editor and Contributors.