Religion and child rearing

Duane F. Alwin, Jacob L. Felson

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Parenthood is both a biological and social status. Viewed within a biological life cycle framework, parenthood can be seen as a natural outcome of reproduction and regeneration. Viewed from a social and cultural perspective, the situation of parenthood conveys certain rights, responsibilities, obligations, and associated expectations regarding the care and nurture of children. While the biological role of parenthood has important consequences for children-particularly in the transmission of genetic information and predispositions that may have developmental consequences-our focus here is on parenthood as a social and cultural phenomenon. The objective of this review is to consider how variations in religion-religious identities, beliefs, and behavior-shape how the parental role is enacted and the possible consequences for child development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReligion, Families, and Health
Subtitle of host publicationPopulation-Based Research in the United States
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780813547183
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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