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December 19, 2001

Children and ParentsThe Effect of Children on Parents

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001American Medical Association

JAMA. 2001;286(23):3015-3016. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.3015-JBK1219-2-1

This is a timely, interesting, and thought-provoking book about the effects children have from conception to adulthood on their parents. Parents as well as professionals, should read it, especially those who have children with emotional or behavioral problems. The author, associate professor of sociology at York University, Toronto, Ontario, reviews issues typically investigated in the fields of child development and family studies, such as daycare, home and work spillover, maternal depression, and marital relationships. She also covers topics not found in the literature of those fields, such as the loss of personal freedom, the cost of housing, the impact of a child's delinquent peer group, and the strain of abuse by an aggressive child.

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