Child Development 145 (01; 66-69) - Hembree
Controversial Issues in Child Development
Spring, 2012 


Diversity in Families

I. Issues

A. Increasing Diversity in American families

  • diversity in structure



  • diversity in values and customs




  • diversity in parenting practice



B. What does this mean for Child Development?






C. Process vs. Structure





II. Single-Parent Families

A. Challenges for single-parent families




B. Developmental consequences and moderators




C. Implications for policy and practice



III. Divorce and Blended Families

A. The process of divorce: Divorce is accompanied by....




B. Research on consequences of parental divorce for children




C. Factors ameliorating the effects of divorce




D. Implications for policy and practice




IV. Same-sex families

A. Challenges for same-sex parents and their children




B. Research on same-sex parenting




C. Implications for policy and practice





V. Adoptive families

A. Challenges for adopted children and adoptive parents




B. Research on adoption




C. Implications for policy and practice




VI. Class Discussion

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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2012

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