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Editors: Maria Russo and Anabella De Luca
Book Description:
This book investigates the psychology of family relationships, including parent-child relations, sibling relations, maternal-fetal and marital relations. The influence of prenatal mother-child attachment on intrauterine fetal movements is examined, as well as mother-infant interaction, which was studied by looking at Nicaraguan and Italian mothers and how they engage in social play, object play, and what their overall verbal behaviors were towards their infants.
In addition, rather than the usual focus on dietary and physical activity aspects of child weight management, certain family relationships are highlighted, which might either enhance or hinder coping with child weight management.

Sensitivity is reflected in many different ways in maternal behavior. This book examines maternal sensitivity and its association with child-directed speech (CDS). In addition, the changes in how parents interact with their toddler-aged children are described as they move from dyadic to family contexts. Several models depicting the role of adolescent ratings of self-esteem anxiety and/or depression, particularly in late adolescence, are also examined.

This book addresses the relationships among siblings and how individual differences in emotionality at the behavioral level of analysis correlates at the cognitive and physiological levels. In addition, childhood sibling relationship quality is examined in terms of how it is correlated with achievement motivation and college GPA in young adulthood. The association between the child's personal characteristic with their relationships in family and social environments are also described. Furthermore, psychological processes affecting post-divorce paternal functioning are explored. In addition, a psycho-educational program for advancing children's coping skills and helping them to cope with marital conflict is also examined.

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Expert Commentary

The Influence of Prenatal Mother-Child Attachment on the Attachment at the Age of 6 months and its Objectivation by the Intrauterine Fetal Activity
(Helmut Niederhofer, Dep. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Univ. of Innsbruck, Austria, and Alfons Reiter, Univ. of Salzbug, Austria) (pp. 1-10)

Research and Reviews

1. Mother-Infant Interaction in a Cultural Context: A Study of Nicaraguan and Italian Families
(Ughetta Moscardino, Sabrina Bonichini, and Cristina Valduga Univ. of Padua, Italy) (pp. 11-32)

2. Fussy Mothers and Fuzzy Boundaries: Relationships in Families with Overweight Children
(Laurel D. Edmunds, Obesity Research Consultant, Dep. of Public Health and Primary Care, Univ. of Oxford,UK) (pp. 33-60)

3. Maternal Sensitivity and the Characteristics of Child-Directed Speech
(Leila Paavola, Faculty of Hunities/Logopedics, Univ. of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, Kaarina Kemppinen, Dep. of Child Psychiatry, Kuopio Univ. and Kuopio Univ. Hospital, Kuopio, Finland, and Sari Kunnari, Faculty of Hunities/Logopedics, Univ. of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)(pp. 61-78)

4. Recruitments and Relationships: Research with Stigmatized and Socially Isolated Mothers
(Nicole L. Letourneau, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development, Univ. of New Brunswick, Faculty of Nursing, Linda A. Duff-Ledger, Research Associate, Univ. of New Brunswick, Faculty of Nursing, and Katerine Young, Research Associate, Univ. of New Brunswick, Faculty of Nursing) (pp. 79-98)

5. Shifting Patterns of Parenting Styles Between Dyadic and Family Settings: The Role of Marital Distress
(Allison F. Lauretti, Children's Hospital, Boston and James P. McHale, Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg) (pp. 99-113)

6. The Interrelations of Perceptions of Family Adaptability and Cohesion, Self-Esteem, and Anxiety/Depression in Late Adolescence
(Rapson Gomez and Suzanne McLaren, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, Univ. of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia) (pp. 115-132)

7. Communicative Functions of Emotions in Sibling Relationships
(Nazan Aksan, Koc Univ, H. H. Goldsmith, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Marilyn J. Essex, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Deborah Lowe Vandell, Univ. of California-Irvine) (pp. 133-158)

8. Childhood Sibling Relationship Quality and Achievement Outcomes in University Students: Mediation by Psychological Distress and personal Mastery
(Amy Kraft, Arizona State, Univ., Dep. of Psychology, Charles Stayton, Arizona State, Univ., Dep. of Psychology, Arthi Satyanarayan, Rice Univ., Dep. of Psychology, and Linda J. Luecken, Arizona State, Univ., Dep. of Psychology, Charles Stayton, Arizona State, Univ.) (pp. 159-171)

9. Linking Children's Personal Characteristics, Externalizing Behavior, and Relationships in Family and Social Environments: Some Developmental Cascades
(I. Roskam, J.C. Meunier, M. Stievenart, and G. Van De Moortele, Univ. Catholique de Louvain, Dep. of Psychology, Louvain-la-Neuve,Belgium) (pp. 173-202)

10. Prevention of the Negative Effects of Marital Conflict: A Child-Oriented Program
(Patricia M. Mitchell, Kathleen P. McCoy, E. Mark Cummings, et al., Univ. of Notre Dame) (pp. 203-217)

11. Psychological Processes Affecting Post-Divorce Paternal Functioning
(Nehami Baum, The Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan Univ. Israel) (pp. 219-230)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 1st Quarter
   Pages: 248 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-268-2
   Status: AV
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