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Contexts for Young Child Flourishing: Evolution, Family, and Society

Darcia Narvaez, Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, Laura E. Miller-Graff, Lee T. Gettler, and Paul D. Hastings


The book presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of young children’s flourishing. Scholars from anthropology, education, intervention, and clinical and developmental psychology discuss child well-being. Like research within psychology generally, developmental psychology has spent more of its attention on pathology and on environments that challenge development. With the help of anthropological description, we hope to add to the movement to shift perspectives toward flourishing—describing its characteristics and varied approaches to supporting it. The book uses an evolutionary frami ... More

Keywords: evolution, family, parenting, child development, society, child flourishing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190237790
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darcia Narvaez, editor
Professor of Psychology, niversity of Notre Dame

Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Laura E. Miller-Graff, editor
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Part I Foundations for Flourishing in Young Children

1 The Flourishing of Young Children

Darcia Narvaez, Lee T. Gettler, Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, Laura E. Miller-Graff, and Paul D. Hastings

2 Life for Learning

Colwyn Trevarthen and Jon-Roar Bjørkvold

4 The Role of Emotion Socialization in Promoting Child Flourishing

Holly E. Brophy-Herb, Danielle Dalimonte-Merckling, Neda Senehi, and Alicia Y. Kwon

5 Healthy Children

Julia M. Braungart-Rieker and Elizabeth Planalp

Part II Parenting and Family Cultural Contexts

7 Parent-Child Symbolic Relationship in Utero

Lior Abramson, David Mankuta, and Ariel Knafo-Noam

8 Well-being and Sociomoral Development in Preschoolers

Tracy R. Gleason, Darcia Narvaez, Ying (Alison) Cheng, Lijuan (Peggy) Wang, and Jeff Brooks

9 Biopsychosocial Models of Prosociality

Jonas G. Miller and Paul D. Hastings

10 The Emergence of “Positive Parenting” as a Revived Paradigm

George W. Holden, Rose Ashraf, Erin Brannan, and Paige Baker

11 Transitions in Siblinghood

Hillary N. Fouts and Lauren R. Bader

Part III Contexts of Conflict

12 The Benefits of Marital Conflict

Kathleen N. Bergman, E. Mark Cummings, and Kelly A. Warmuth

Part IV Community Contexts

14 Flourishing in Transactional Care Systems

Mary B. McMullen and Kathleen McCormick

15 Enrichment and Isolation

Robin G. Nelson

16 The Elementary Classroom

Marilyn S. Watson

Part V Practical and Policy Implications

18 Young Child Flourishing as an Aim for Society

Darcia Narvaez, Paul D. Hastings, Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, Lee T. Gettler, and Laura E. Miller-Graff

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