The Oxford Handbook of Parenting and Moral Development

ISBN : 9780190638696

Deborah J. Laible; Gustavo Carlo; Laura M. Padilla Walker
424 Pages
178 x 178 mm
Pub date
Oct 2019
Oxford Library of Psychology
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  • Provides an overview of traditional and contemporary perspectives on parenting and moral development
  • Outlines a broad range of methodological approaches to studying morality and parenting across development
  • Takes a nuanced approach to moral development and examines how parenting relates to multiple aspects of moral development
  • Represents both biological and cultural approaches to parenting and moral development
  • Includes examples of contemporary research in diverse cultures and across the life span

The Oxford Handbook of Parenting and Moral Development provides a collection of state-of-the-art theories and research on the role that parents play in moral development. Contributors who are leaders in their fields take a comprehensive, yet nuanced approach to considering the complex links between parenting and moral development.
The volume begins by providing an overview of traditional and contemporary perspectives on parenting and moral development, including perspectives related to parenting styles, domain theory, attachment theory, and evolutionary theory. In addition, there are several chapters that explore the genetic and biological influences related to parenting and moral development. The second section of the volume explores cultural and religious approaches to parenting and moral development and contributes examples of contemporary research with diverse populations such as Muslim cultures and US Latino/as. The last major section of the volume examines recent developments and approaches to parenting, including chapters on topics such as helicopter parenting, proactive parenting, parent-child conversations and disclosure, parental discipline, and other parenting practices designed to inhibit children's antisocial and aggressive behaviors. The volume draws together the most important work in the field; it is essential reading for anyone interested in parenting and moral development.


Section I: Introduction
1. Parenting and Moral Development: A Nuanced Approach
Deborah Laible, Gustavo Carlo, and Laura Padilla-Walker
Section II: Theoretical perspectives on parenting and moral development

2. Early Moral Development and Attachment Theory
Ross A. Thompson
3. Parenting Styles and Practices: Traditional Approaches and their Application to Multiple Types of Moral Behavior
Nina S. Mounts and Cara Allen
4. Socialization of Moral Emotions and Behavior
Tracy L. Spinrad and Nancy Eisenberg
5. Domains of Socialization: Implications for Parenting and the Development of Children's Moral Behavior and Cognitions
Joan E. Grusec
6. Evolution and the Parenting Ecology of Moral Development
Darcia Narvaez
7. Genetics, Parenting, and Moral Development
Dana Vertsberger, Salomon Israel, and Ariel Knafo-Noam
8. Parenting, Neurobiology, and Prosocial Development
Jonas G. Miller and Paul D. Hastings
Section III: Moral development and parenting in diverse contexts

9. Culture, Parenting Practices, and Moral Development
Joan G. Miller, Matthew Wice, and Namrata Goyal
10. Parenting and the Prosocial Behaviors of Children Across Cultures
Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Aileen S. Garcia, Irene O. Padasas, and Bernice Vania N. Landoy
11. Parenting, Religion, and Moral Development
Sam A. Hardy, David C. Dollahite, and Chayce R. Baldwin
12. Development of prosocial behavior in Spanish adolescents and its relations to parenting styles
Maria Vicenta Mestre, Elisabeth Malonda, Paula Samper, Anna Llorca, and Ana Tur-Porcar
13. Parenting and Prosocial/moral Development in Asians and Asian immigrants to the U.S.
Alexandra Main
14. Parenting and Prosocial Behavior in Predominantly Muslim Countries
Asiye Kumru, Burcu Bugan, and Zehra Gulseven
15. Traditional and Culture-Specific Parenting of Prosociality in U.S. Latino/as
Gustavo Carlo and L. Diego Conejo
Section IV: Recent approaches to moral socialization
16. Mothers' and Adolescents' Conversations about Volunteering: Insights into the Reasons and Socialization Processes
Mary B. Eberly Lewis and Scott Fanz
17. The Socialization of Children's Moral Understanding in the Context of Everyday Discourse
Deborah Laible, Erin Karahuta, Clare Van Norden, Victoria Interrera, and Wyntre Stout
18. Proactive Parenting and Moral Development
Laura Padilla-Walker and Daye Son
19. Parental Knowledge and Child Disclosure as They Relate to Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviors
Robert D. Laird and Megan M. Zeringue
20. Parental Discipline Practices Associated With Preventing Children's Aggressive and Immoral Behavior
Jennifer E. Lansford
21. Helicopter Parenting, Parental Control, and Moral Development During Emerging Adulthood
Larry J. Nelson, Laura Padilla-Walker, and Daye Son
22. Socialization of moral judgments and reasoning
Marc Jambon and Judith Smetana
Section V: Future directions

23. Moral Formation in the Family: A Research Agenda in Time Future
Daniel Lapsley

About the author: 

Deborah J. Laible is Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University and an expert on children's emotional and moral socialization. Although Dr. Laible's research interests focus broadly on children's development of social, emotional, and moral competence, her focus is on the role of parent-child communication in fostering moral and emotional competence. Dr. Laible has published her research in several top developmental psychology journals, including Child Development and Developmental Psychology and has received grants from the Timberlawn Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Templeton Foundation.; Gustavo Carlo is Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies at the University of Missouri. His main research interest is in culture, family, and personality correlates of prosocial and moral behaviors in children and adolescents. Dr. Carlo has authored numerous journal articles, received grants from a variety of agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and co-edited several volumes. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 7) and the American Psychological Society.; Laura M. Padilla-Walker is Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on how parents and media help to foster prosocial and moral development during adolescence. Dr. Padilla-Walker has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-edited two volumes with Oxford University Press, Prosocial Development: A Multidimensional Approach and Flourishing in Emerging Adulthood: Positive Development During the Third Decade of Life.

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