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Parenthood in America : undervalued, underpaid, under siege
Westman, Jack C.
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Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2001]

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xiv, 300 pages ; 23 cm
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This work considers parenthood to be a lifelong process in which parents and children grow together. It calls for families, employers, communities, government and society to give parents real help with their day-to-day concerns and challenges.

Author Notes

Jack C. Westman, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. His many books include Born to Belong: Becoming Who I Am ; Licensing Parents: Can We Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect? ;  and Who Speaks for Children? Individual and Class Child Advocacy.

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Library Journal Review

Editor Westman (psychiatry, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Licensing Parents) encourages America "to identify the parent-child relationship parenthood as the fundamental institution in our society [and to] use quality of life, rather than material achievement, as the central measure of success in life." Twenty-three academic essays compartmentalize and dissect parenthood in three broad areas: the home, the local community, and society at large. Readers truly interested in brief, ten-page surveys of topics such as "Combining Love and Limits in Authoritative Parenting" or "Developmental Contextual Perspective" will be rewarded with concise, erudite, and well-intentioned essays. Professionals in the family therapy/helping professions will find useful summaries of parenting topics, and researchers will find coverage of prior work in this rather dramatically titled book. T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan cover similar ground in The Irreducible Needs of Children (LJ 11/1/00). For academic libraries as needed. Douglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

T. Berry BrazeltonJack C. WestmanMarc H. BornsteinPatricia M. Greenfield and Lalita K. SuzukiJack C. WestmanBernice WeissbourdRoger T. WilliamsJack C. WestmanRobert E. LarzelereDavid PopenoeRichard M. Lerner and E. Ree Noh and Clancie Mavello WilsonJack C. WestmanJudith S. WallersteinLois Wladis HoffmanDiane B. AdamsM. Elizabeth Graue and Benjamin A. BensonBeverley H. JohnsonStephanie CoontzUrie BronfenbrennerLarry BumpassJames GarbarinoJoanne Cantor and Amy I. NathansonJ. Jean Rogers and Heidi HammesLisbeth B. SchorrSylvia Ann HewlettJack C. Westman
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Part I. Parenthood in the Homep. 1
1. Refocusing on Parenthoodp. 5
2. Culture and Parenthoodp. 20
3. Growing Together: Parenthood as a Developmental Experiencep. 34
4. Motherhoodp. 47
5. Fatherhoodp. 57
6. Family Lifep. 69
7. Combining Love and Limits in Authoritative Parentingp. 81
8. Modeling Values for Children in Familiesp. 90
9. Parenting Adolescents and Adolescents as Parents: A Developmental Contextual Perspectivep. 99
Part II. Parenthood in the Communityp. 117
10. Grandparenthoodp. 121
11. The Challenges of Divorce for Parents and Childrenp. 127
12. The Effects of Maternal Employment on Families and Childrenp. 140
13. The Quest for Quality Childcarep. 150
14. Children, Parents, and Schoolsp. 158
15. Family-Centered Health Carep. 164
Part III. Parenthood in Societyp. 177
16. Parenthood in American Historyp. 181
17. Growing Chaos in the Lives of Children, Youth, and Families: How Can We Turn It Around?p. 197
18. The Changing Contexts of Parenting in the United Statesp. 211
19. Supporting Parents in a Socially Toxic Environmentp. 220
20. The Media and Parents: Protecting Children from Harmp. 232
21. The Impact of Welfare Reform on Families: The Wisconsin Experiencep. 242
22. Neighborhoods and Communities That Support Parenthoodp. 257
23. Parent Powerp. 265
Epilogp. 273
Contributorsp. 287
Indexp. 295