Title

Parenting, Religion, and Spirituality

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Source Publication

Handbook of Parenting : v.5. The Practice of Parenting

Publication Date

2019

Editor

Marc H. Bornstein, editor

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York, New York

Edition

Third Edition

ISBN

9781138228788

First Page

515

Last Page

552

Department

Psychology

Publisher Statement

This chapter begins with a historical sketch of empirical research on parental religiousness (R) and spirituality (S). It discusses the conceptual and methodological challenges that scholars face to expand rigorous investigation of the bright and dark side of R/S for parenting. The chapter explores delineates theory and empirical findings on the possible roles R/S could play across diverse families in becoming and being a parent. It reviews findings derived from indices of parents’ general involvement in organized religion and then highlight specific R/S cognitions and behaviors that could function as resources or risks for parents in national or community-based studies. The chapter summarizes the scarce research on how R/S may function within subsamples of parents facing serious parenting challenges. It outlines the largely untapped potential for social scientists to engage in translational research that integrates R/S into education and prevention programs in communities, as well as clinical interventions with distressed parents. -- publisher

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