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Parenting Skills and Capacity

Maria Isabel Loureiro and Ana Rita Goes

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0053
Parenting Skills and Capacity

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Parenting has a strong impact on a child’s health and well-being. The rising incidence of developmental and behavioral problems among children attests to some children’s and families’ inability to cope appropriately with the increasing stresses in their lives and their need for assistance. Researchers and professionals from different areas are called to intervene for parenting support. Acknowledging the impacts of parenting on children’s health and well-being, the ways in which parenting affects children’s health and well-being, the determinants of parenting, and the characteristics of competent parenting are essential to develop and implement effective parenting programs. This bibliography provides references that will assist students, researchers, and practitioners in the understanding of these different topics and in the identification of effective interventions. In this bibliography the term “parents” is used to include all those who provide significant care for children in a home or family context, including biological parents and other important groups of primary caregivers. The term “parenting” involves the complex process of bidirectional relationships between parents and their offspring and includes the vast array of tasks, actions, and responsibilities that parents may undertake to answer to children’s needs and to contribute to their children’s health, development, and well-being (e.g., caring for physical needs and protection, playing, disciplining, teaching, establishing a pleasant and stimulating environment). The research and theorization on bonding and attachment is not specifically approached in this bibliography, as it is the single focus of another entry.

Article.  14034 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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