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Mothers, Fathers, Families and Child Development

Misca, Gabriela ORCID: and Smith, J. (2014) Mothers, Fathers, Families and Child Development. In: Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World. Wiley, Oxford, pp. 151-165. ISBN 9781119971030 Online: 9781118320990

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This chapter reviews the main tenets of attachment theory—one of the most popular and traditional approaches to conceptualising the relationship between caregivers and child development—in the light of recent research evidence. It highlights the limitations of attachment theory in achieving a holistic understanding of child development in current societal structures and considers the advantages of taking an ecological approach to the development of practice and policy. An ecological perspective that is child-centred contributes to a holistic understanding of how families, in all their variety of forms, influence child development and support child-centred practice and policy. The quality of the family environment is a key factor for the healthy adjustment, development and wellbeing of children.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: child development, family influences on child development, attachment theory, ecological model of development, the role of mothers and fathers, gay and lesbian parenthood, law, single-parent families, parental separation, adoption, child-centred policy and practice
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Gabriela Misca
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2014 12:00
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:02

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