Taking a developmental and contextual approach to parent child relations, this second edition acquaints students with parenting theory, research, and application. Updated and reorganized to meet more course needs, this new edition provides more strategies for understanding and supporting relations between parents and their children. A Contextual Approach to Parenting. A distinctive feature of this book is the inclusion of historical as well as cultural approaches to understanding parent child relations. It includes strong coverage of cultural variations in childrearing practices. New Chapter on Parenting Children with Special Needs. This new chapter focuses on the evolving challenges of parenting children with exceptionalities and chronic illness, as well as recommendations for helping parents to meet those challenges. Early Introduction of Parenting Strategies. Now located earlier in the book, in Chapter 4, are strategies and techniques for child socialization. Earlier placement of strategies will engage students and prepare them for their work with families. Expanded and Reorganized Coverage of Parenting Challenges. More emphasis is placed on various parenting challenges in this edition, including dealing with grief and loss (now discussed within the developmental chapters), presenting cultural and structural contexts of parenting (in two separate chapters for more depth), and expanded detail about families at risk. New Resources for Deeper Understanding. Learning objectives presented at the beginning of each chapter, useful websites located at chapter end, a glossary of key terms, and an appendix on parenting programs are new and easily accessible resources for students.Heath, Phyllis is the author of 'Parent-Child Relations: Context, Research, and Application', published 2008 under ISBN 9780131596764 and ISBN 0131596764.