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Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives Paperback – February 12, 2013

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A much needed text.

(Judy Martin, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay)

This volume is broad-ranging yet thematically coherent, providing a useful roadmap for those seeking to navigate a burgeoning and decidedly interdisciplinary literature on parents and children. Readers in different disciplines will gain a firm foothold even as they are challenged to rethink the framing of questions regarding the relationship between gender and parenthood.

(Colin R. Johnson, Indiana University--Bloomington)

W. Bradford Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline's outstanding compilation of the latest research from the biological and social sciences sheds new light on the physical and social changes that accompany the transition to parenthood. A profound mediation on the contribution of mothers and fathers to the well-being of children, this volume both challenges and confirms prevailing wisdom about the interaction of gender and parenthood. A must read for young parents, those planning to become parents, and scholars of family life.

(Neil Gilbert, Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and codirector of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, University of California, Berkeley)

A solid handbook of current research generally showing real sex differences in parenting. Highly recommended.

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About the Author

W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on fatherhood, marriage, and cohabitation in the United States and around the globe.

Kathleen Kovner Kline is a child psychiatrist who has served on the medical school faculties of Dartmouth College, the University of Colorado, and currently the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as chief medical officer of the Consortium, a community mental health organization in Philadelphia.

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