Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Parenting in Families

  • Martha E. EdwardsEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_543

Name of Concept

Parenting in Families




A parent’s job is to prepare children to live successfully in the world. This entails ensuring their children’s physical survival as well as their cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development so that they are prepared to take their place in adult society. The specific capacities that parents encourage in their children will vary depending on the society into which children are being socialized, what constitutes success there, and what parents think children need to feel, believe, and do to function successfully.

In societies that value individual achievement, often associated with western, industrialized countries, parents tend to privilege the development of independence, self-confidence, and skills. In societies that value relatedness, often associated with eastern or rural countries, parents tend to encourage the development of respect, proper demeanor, and self-control (Harwood et al. 2001). While these...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ackerman Institute for the FamilyNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean D. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA