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December 19, 2001

Parenthood: Parenthood in America: Undervalued, Underpaid, Under Siege

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(23):3015. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.3015

Parenthood in America: Undervalued, Underpaid, Under Siege, an outgrowth of the Parenthood in America Conference held at the University of Wisconsin in April 1998, is a compendium of essays by experts in the social sciences. Its premise is that parents, children, and families in the United States are in trouble and need to be supported if future generations are to continue to be productive and experience emotional health.

The book has three sections exploring the separate venues in which parenthood may be influenced. Thus, "Parenthood in the Home," "Parenthood in the Community," and "Parenthood in Society" are each discussed in multiple dimensions. As a whole, the book is well written, despite the variety of contributors. The essays are readable and almost all would be understandable by interested parents, as well as academicians, health service providers, and policymakers who work with children and families.