Parents' Beliefs About Children

ISBN : 9780190874513

Scott A. Miller
416 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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One of the most important questions in psychology is how best to nurture children's development. Parents' child-rearing practices are a major contributor to how their children develop, and parents' beliefs about children are a major contributor to how they treat their children. This book synthesizes a large and diverse literature on what parents believe about children in general and their own children in particular. Its scope is broad, encompassing beliefs directed to numerous aspects of children's development in both the cognitive and social realms that span the age periods from birth through adolescence. For each topic, this book seeks to ask four crucial questions: What is the nature of parents' beliefs? What are the origins of parents' beliefs? How do parents' beliefs relate to parents' behavior? And how do parents' beliefs relate to children's development? These questions tie into longstanding theoretical issues in psychology, they are central to our understanding of both parenting practices and children's development, and they speak to some of the most important pragmatic issues for which psychology can provide answers. Parents' Beliefs About Children brings together a vast body of scholarship in a new way, which makes the material accessible to both researchers in the field of child development and a more general readership.


Chapter 1. Why Study Parents' Beliefs?
Chapter 2. Theories and Methods
Chapter 3. General Processes of Development
Chapter 4. Parenting and Family
Chapter 5. Infancy
Chapter 6. Childhood: Cognitive Development
Chapter 7. Childhood: Social Development
Chapter 8. Adolescence
Chapter 9. Atypical Development

About the author: 

Scott A. Miller is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. Previously, he was a faculty member in Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Miller is a member of the Cognitive Development Society, the Jean Piaget Society, and the Society for Research in Child Development, and he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. His research has examined various topics including parents' beliefs about children, children's understanding of Piagetian concepts, and children's understanding of theory of mind.

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