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  • 20 tables
  • Page extent: 486 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.78 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 306.874
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: HQ755.8 .P3916 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Parenting
    • Parents--Psychology
    • Parents--Attitudes

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521828871 | ISBN-10: 0521828872)

The study of parents from their own perspective not just as socializing agents of their children has been long neglected. This book summarizes and presents the new and surging literature on parenting representations namely parents' views, emotions and internal world regarding their parenting. Within this area, several prominent researchers typically coming from the attachment tradition suggested various ways of assessing parenting representations, mostly by way of semi-structured interviews. This book presents their conceptualizations and includes detailed descriptions of their interviews and their coding schemes. In addition, a review and summary of the growing number of findings in this domain and an integrated conceptualization that serves a theoretical base for future research are presented. Finally, the clinical implications of the study of parenting representations are discussed at large. Clinical notions and conceptualizations regarding parenting representations are presented and thoroughly discussed including detailed case studies that demonstrate among other things intergenerational transmission of representations.

• Inclusion of detailed description of assessment tools (parenting interviews and coding schemes) all in one volume • A summary and description of various conceptualizations of parenting representations in one volume • A large section on clinical implications that build upon the research and presents extensive clinical insights and case studies


Part I. Theoretical Perspectives: 1. Studying parenting representations as a window to parents' internal working model of caregiving Ofra Mayseless; 2. Maternal representations of relationships: assessing multiple parenting dimensions Donna Steinberg and Robert C. Pianta; 3. Social cognitive approaches to parenting representations Rudy Duane and Joan Grusec; Part II. Research Applications: 4. Communicating feelings: links between mothers' representations of their infants, parenting, and infant emotional development Katherine L. Rosenblum, Carolyn J. Dayton, and Susan McDonough; 5. Caregiving representations of mothers and their six-year-old children in light of early relational predictors Anat Scher, Judith Harel, Miri Scharf, and Liora Klein; 6. Modeling and reworking childhood experiences: involved fathers' representations of being parented and of parenting a preschool child Inge Bretherton, James David Lambert, and Barbara Golby; 7. Maternal representations of parenting in adolescence and psychosocial functioning of mothers and adolescents Ofra Mayseless and Miri Scharf; 8. Like fathers, like sons?: fathers' attitudes to childrearing as related to their perceived relationships with own parents, and their attachment concerns Ruth Sharabany, Anat Scher, and Judit Gal-Krauz; Part III. Clinical Implications: 9. Intergenerational transmission of dysregulated maternal caregiving: mothers describe their upbringing and child rearing Judith Solomon and Carol George; 10. Good investments: foster parent representations of their foster children John Ackerman and Mary Dozier; 11. Intergenerational transmission of experiences in adolescence: the challenges in parenting adolescents Miri Scharf and Shmuel Shulman; 12. Interplay of relational parent-child representations from a psychoanalytic perspective: an analysis of two mother-father-child triads Hadas Wiseman, Ruth Hashmonay and Judith Harel; 13. Why do inadequate parents do what they do? Patricia M. Crittenden.


'… a good summary of recent theoretical work in the area of parental representations and some excellent strategies for assessing representations.' Alina Morawska, University of Queensland


Ofra Mayseless, Donna Steinberg, Robert C. Pianta, Rudy Duane, Joan Grusec, Katherine L. Rosenblum, Carolyn J. Dayton, Susan McDonough, Anat Scher, Judith Harel, Miri Scharf, Liora Klein, Inge Bretherton, James David Lambert, Barbara Golby, Miri Scharf, Ruth Sharabany, Judit Gal-Krauz, Judith Solomon, Carol George, John Ackerman, Mary Dozier, Shmuel Shulman, Hadas Wiseman, Ruth Hashmonay, Patricia M. Crittenden

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