P.N. Stearns's scientific contributions

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The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in American society and families. No longer necessary for labor, children became economic liabilities and twentieth-century parents exhibited a new level of anxiety concerning the welfare of their children and their own ability to parent effectively. What caused thi...

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... The parental goals deriving from these three components of intensive parenting are often at odds with each other, and can potentially contribute to parental anxiety. Stearns (2003) noted typical examples of these tensions, such as easing schoolwork pressure versus concern that the child will not achieve satisfactory results, or letting children enjoy media content versus the risk of their exposure to inappropriate material. Thus, despite the scholarly consensus on the centrality of intensive parenting, the logics and values of this hegemonic model and the specific daily practices associated with it remain surprisingly vague and undertheorized. ...