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Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan

  • Examines parental influence on children (e.g., attachment, fathers, adverse experiences)

  • Explores areas of development (e.g., language, communication, cognition, emotion)

  • Addresses sibling and peer relationships, education, health, and developmental disabilities

  • Discusses parental self-regulation and mental health, family structure, and socioeconomic factors

  • Reviews parenting programs as prevention and early intervention

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Table of contents (36 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. How Parents Influence Children’s Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Importance of Parenting in Influencing the Lives of Children

      • Matthew R. Sanders, Karen M. T. Turner
      Pages 3-26
    3. Biological Factors in Parenting and Child Development

      • Kirby Deater-Deckard, Mamatha Chary, Sarah McCormick
      Pages 27-45
    4. Parent–Child Relationships and Attachment

      • Hedwig J. A. van Bakel, Ruby A. S. Hall
      Pages 47-66
    5. Effects of the Parents’ Relationship on Children

      • W. Kim Halford, Galena Rhoades, Megan Morris
      Pages 97-120
    6. The Role of Fathers in Supporting Children’s Development

      • Louise J. Keown, Nike Franke, Ripi Kaur
      Pages 121-142
    7. Trauma and Parenting: Considering Humanitarian Crisis Contexts

      • Vanessa E. Cobham, Elizabeth A. Newnham
      Pages 143-169
  3. The Effects of Parenting on Children’s Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 171-171
    2. Parenting and Human Brain Development

      • Michael I. Posner, Mary K. Rothbart
      Pages 173-199
    3. Peer and Sibling Relationships

      • Karyn L. Healy
      Pages 241-262
    4. Schooling and Academic Attainment

      • Laurie M. Brotman, R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, Spring Dawson-McClure, Esther J. Calzada
      Pages 263-287
    5. Children’s Health, Physical Activity, and Nutrition

      • Alina Morawska, Amy E. Mitchell
      Pages 289-311
    6. Children with Developmental Disorders

      • Kate Sofronoff, Koa Whittingham, Felicity L. Brown
      Pages 313-334
  4. Determinants of Parenting

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 335-335
    2. Child Characteristics and Their Reciprocal Effects on Parenting

      • Ann V. Sanson, Primrose L. C. Letcher, Sophie S. Havighurst
      Pages 337-370
    3. Self-Regulation and Parental Mental Health

      • Rachel M. Calam, Penny E. Bee
      Pages 371-394

About this book

This handbook presents the latest theories and findings on parenting, from the evolving roles and tasks of childrearing to insights from neuroscience, prevention science, and genetics. Chapters explore the various processes through which parents influence the lives of their children, as well as the effects of parenting on specific areas of child development, such as language, communication, cognition, emotion, sibling and peer relationships, schooling, and health. Chapters also explore the determinants of parenting, including consideration of biological factors, parental self-regulation and mental health, cultural and religious factors, and stressful and complex social conditions such as poverty, work-related separation, and divorce. In addition, the handbook provides evidence supporting the implementation of parenting programs such as prevention/early intervention and treatments for established issues. The handbook addresses the complementary role of universal and targeted parenting programs, the economic benefits of investment in parenting programs, and concludes with future directions for research and practice.


Topics featured in the Handbook include:


·         The role of fathers in supporting children’s development.

·         Developmental disabilities and their effect on parenting and child development.

·         Child characteristics and their reciprocal effects on parenting.

·         Long-distance parenting and its impact on families.

·         The shifting dynamic of parenting and adult-child relationships.

·         The effects of trauma, such as natural disasters, war exposure, and forced displacement on parenting.


The Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan is an essential reference for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and therapists and professionals in clinical child and school psychology, social work, pediatrics, developmental psychology, family studies, child and adolescent psychiatry, and special education.                                                                                         



  • Adverse family experiences and child development
  • Biological influences and child development
  • Child education, health, and nutrition
  • Culture, religion, and child development
  • Developmental disorders and parenting
  • Emotion and self-regulation
  • Extended family and social support and children
  • Family structure, couple relationships, and children
  • Genetics, temperament, and health
  • Language, communication, and cognition
  • Laws, policies, and parenting
  • Parental cognitions and child development
  • Parental relationships and effects on children
  • Parental separation and absence and children
  • Parent-child relationships and attachment
  • Peer and sibling relationships
  • Poverty, financial stress, and parenting
  • Prevention programs and parenting
  • Role of fathers in child development
  • Social learning influences and parenting

Editors and Affiliations

  • Parenting and Family Support Centre School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

    Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska

About the editors

Dr Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, founder of the Triple P ̶ Positive Parenting Program and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is considered a world leader in the development, evaluation, and global dissemination of evidence-based parenting programs. He has held visiting appointments at multiple universities, including the University of Auckland, University of Manchester, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of South Carolina. He has conducted a large number of high quality projects on the role of parenting in influencing developmental outcomes in children and adolescents. He has developed or co-developed a range of specific parenting programs. His work has been recognized with a number of international awards. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Association, The New Zealand Psychological Association, and is former Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has received a Trailblazer Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy Special Interest Group on Parenting and Families, and a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Psychological Association, the New Zealand Psychological Society and is an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in Australia, and the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He has received an International Collaborative Prevention Research Award from the Society for Prevention Science. He has received a Top Innovator Award and an Innovation Champion Award from Uniquest, the University of Queensland’s main technology transfer company. He is a former Queenslander of the Year. He is married to wife Trish and has two children and five grandchildren.

A/Prof Alina Morawska is Deputy Director (Research) at the Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on behavioural family intervention as a means for promoting positive family relationships, and the prevention and early intervention for young children at risk of developing behavioral and emotional problems. In particular, her focus is on improving the health and overall wellbeing of children and families. She has published extensively in the field of parenting and family intervention and has received numerous grants to support her research. She is a Director of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Ltd. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan

  • Editors: Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-94597-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-94598-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 853

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: School Psychology, Social Work, Pediatrics

Buying options

eBook USD 269.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-94598-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 349.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)