Parenthood and Parenting in Croatia: A Developmental and Socio-cultural Perspective



Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: FAM034000

Parental behavior and the experience of parenthood have been areas of study worldwide for the last hundred years (and in Croatia for about forty years). Researchers started with the exploration of parental behavior and parenting styles, but a few decades later the research was broadened to include the experience of parenthood. Previously, when developmental psychology generally meant child psychology, the parenting phenomenon was hardly observed.

After developmental psychology became a lifetime phenomenon, parenting was studied in all developmental stages. However, the first phase of parenting is still dominant in research. This fact is reflected in the contents of this monograph, which is a representative of Croatia’s most important theoretical and empirical research. The results of some of the research included have had a significant impact on social institutions that deal with issues of family, education and health.
Special characteristics in the above mentioned research are:

a) Earlier research, which was conducted mainly among mothers, was recently replaced by studies that include joint maternal and paternal influences and their distinct impact on the development of children as well as the effects of parental conflicts on the psychosocial functioning of children.
b) Research of parenting and parenthood using a recent theoretical approach to parenting as well as the theory based research designs.
c) Critical observations about the shortcomings in published research are presented while future directions of research are proposed.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Sociocultural Context of Parenting in Croatia in the Past and in the Present
(Katica Lacković-Grgin, Zadar, Croatia)

Chapter 2
Parenthood and Parenting from the Perspective of a Life-Span Psychosocial Development
(Katica Lacković-Grgin, Zadar, Croatia)

Chapter 3
Transition to Parenthood in Croatia: The Role of Individual and Societal Factors in the Subjective Well-Being of New Parents
(Ina Reić Ercegovac, Chair for Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia)

Chapter 4
Psychosocial Adjustment during the Transition to Parenthood: Hers and His Transition in Croatia
(Marina Nekić, University of Zadar, Department of Psychology, Zadar, Croatia)

Chapter 5
Parental Behaviour and Psychosocial Adjustment in Adolescence
(Ivana Macuka, Department of Psychology, University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia)

Chapter 6
Parenting in Single-Parent Families in Croatia
(Zora Raboteg-Šarić, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb, Croatia)

Chapter 7
Parenting in the Challenging Circumstances of Croatian Post-War Society
(Gordana Kuterovac Jagodić, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Luèiæeva, Zagreb, Croatia)

Chapter 8
Parenthood and Fertility Motivation in the Context of Generativity
(Ivana Tucak Junaković, University of Zadar, Department of Psychology, Zadar, Croatia)

Chapter 9
Families and Parenthood in Late Adulthood: Multigenerational Encounters
(Zvjezdan Penezić, University of Zadar, Department of Psychology, Zadar, Croatia)

About the Authors


The book is written for psychologists, students of psychology, social workers, sociologist and all other professionals interested in research of parents and parenthood.

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