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Parenthood: Disrupting the intergenerational transmission of social disadvantage

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posted on 2024-04-15, 21:30 authored by Kylie Burke, Cassandra DittmanCassandra Dittman
This chapter examines parenthood, arguably one of the most significant life course transitions in an individual’s life with consequences not just for the adults involved, but also children whose developmental outcomes are strongly influenced by parenting styles, practices and resources. We examine how parenting practices are influenced by social disadvantage, including disadvantage at the individual, family and community levels, arguing that this influence is complex and multi-directional, with reciprocal associations among children, parents, family systems and the broader social and economic ecology. Parenting support programs are an important means of interrupting the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage, but these programs require rigorous evaluation to ensure optimal use of resources and outcomes for children. We conclude by drawing attention to the need for programs that support parenting across all stages of the life course, including during emerging adulthood and grandparenthood.

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Editor

Baxter J; Lam J; Povey J; Lee R; Zubrick SR

Volume

15

Start Page

223

End Page

249

Number of Pages

27

ISBN-13

9783031122231

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

Cham, Switzerland

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CC BY 4.0 DEED

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Chapter Number

11

Number of Chapters

15

Parent Title

Family dynamics over the life course: Foundations, turning points and outcomes

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