THE JOYS AND SORROWS OF PARENTHOOD by Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

THE JOYS AND SORROWS OF PARENTHOOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

GAP products (The VIP with Psychiatric Impairment, 1973; Drug Misuse, 1971, etc.) continue to pursue fresh approaches in a generally readable fashion in spite of committee authorship and occasional lapses into lectern-ese. This book centers on the needs of the individual who has become a ""parent."" The authors elaborate on the truism that parents are people first by following the parent-self through various phases and transitions -- preparations and expectations, growth during the development of children, special experiences like adoption, separation, remarriage, etc.) and grandparenthood. This is of course a departure from the familiar child-centered manual, but also the authors avoid the more recent tendency to encourage the parent primarily in his own pursuits. ""In a mature value system. . . the parent shows an effective concern with children's needs. . . . By placing a high value on children they can firmly establish their identity as parents."" As the child grows the parent must rethink his own concepts of self and environment, with respect for both the child-self and the parent-self within the adult paramount. A convincing and often stimulating approach.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Scribners