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Parenting around the world

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By Pranee Liamputtong

Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-921348-81-5
Pages: 132



Lawrie Moloney
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Pranee Liamputtong
Personal Chair in Public Health, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Parenting draws meaning and is shaped by its social, cultural and political millieu, and, consequently, there are diverse parenting roles and practices in different parts of the world. Despite this diversity, most societies share a common value, namely, the preservation of life and the maintenance of the health and wellbeing of their children.

Eight research reports provide insight into parenthood, parenting practice, and the impact on children of family relationships and the complexities to be found within cultural settings - from Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Iran and South Africa to Greece, The Netherlands and United States of America.

There are of course significant differences in customs and social expectations that sit behind the data in each of these studies. Roles and responsibilities will inevitably vary - between mothers and fathers, between immediate and extended family members and between family and the wider society.

However, in the final analysis, one is struck more by the underlying similarities than by the differences. All infants need a protective and protected environment in their early months. All children experience vulnerabilities around parental separation or divorce. Caring for and appreciating children with disabilities seems to have a range of challenges that all parents would recognise. And parental violence seems certain to give children a more shaky start in life, regardless of the culture in which it occurs.

Table of Contents

204-206   Editorial: Parenting around the world: Plus ça change
Lawrie Moloney
207-209   Guest Editorial: Preservation of life and maintenance of health and wellbeing of children: A common value among parents around the world
Pranee Liamputtong
210-226   Motherhood, risk and responsibility: Infant care in Northern Thailand
Pranee Liamputtong
227-244   Welcome to Holland: Characteristics of resilient families raising children with severe disabilities
Thomas Knestricht, Debora Kuchey
245-259   Adaptability and cohesion of Greek families: Raising a child with a severe disability on the island of Rhodes
Assimina Tsibidaki, Anastasia Tsamparli
260-273   Personal, familial and environmental perspectives in children's reactions to parental divorce in South Africa
Olaniyi Bojuwoye, Orok Akpan
274-283   Influence of intimate partner violence on behaviour, psychological status and school performance of children in Sri Lanka
Stephnie Jayasinghe, Pushpa Jayawardena, Hemamali Perera
284-295   Impact of domestic violence on the psychological wellbeing of children in Iran
Masoumeh Ghasemi
296-308   Parent-centered parenting values among Latino immigrant mothers
Candice Fischer, Elizabeth A Harvey, Patricia Driscoll
309-319   Walk a mile in my shoes: Researching the lived experience of mothers of children with autism
Jessica Gill, Pranee Liamputtong

Book Reviews

320-321   Keeping Kids in Mind - A DVD for Separating/Separated Parents
Developed by the Family Services Directorate of CatholicCare (formerly known as Centacare, Sydney), from Australian Government funding and produced by Iris Pictures.
Reviewed by Ross Butler
321-322   Network On A Stick
Francesca Gerner (Centacare Catholic Family Services) and Jane Kelson (recent past Victorian Family Law Pathways Network Project Officer)
Reviewed by Walter Ibbs
323-324   Pedagogies: Storylines and Storyspaces
Jennifer M Nayler
Reviewed by Gill Best
324-324   Foundations of Psychological Thought: A History of Psychology
Barbara Gentile and Benjamin Miller (Eds)
Reviewed by Bob Paddle
324-325   The Bullies: Understanding Bullies and Bullying
Dennis Lines
Reviewed by Barry M Rogers
325-326   Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, culture, and gender, in clinical practice (2nd edn)
Monica McGoldrick and Kenneth Hardy (Eds)
Reviewed by Jo Grimwade

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