This unique book offers insight into a new social science concept, authoritative communities. Unlike any other volume, Kline's work facilitates the continuing dialogue about the needs of children and teens and society's responsibility to nurture its greatest human capital. The report that led to the development of this volume, Hardwired to Connect, identified a need in today's children and youth and communicated a solution that society believes is valid.
Series Preface.- Editor's Preface.- Foreword.- Hardwired to Connect: The New Scientific Case of Authoritative Communities.- The Biochemistry of Family Commitment and Youth Competence: Lessons from Animal Models.- How Mother Nurture Helps Mother Nature: Scientific Evidence for the Protective Effect of Good Nurturing on Genetic Propensity Toward Anxiety and Alcohol Abuse.- Investing in Children and Society: What We Have Learned from Seven Decades of Attachment Research.- The Consolidation of Conscience in Adolescence.- Best Bets for Improving the Odds for Optimum Youth Development.- Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of the Healthy Person: Notes from the Founders of Modern Psychology and Psychiatry.- Hardwired for God: A Neuropscyhological Model for Developmental Spirituality.- A Tale of Two Religious Effects: Evidence for the Protective and Prosocial Impact of Organic Religion.- Focused on their Families: Religion, Parenting, & Child Well-Being.- Minding the Children with Mindfulness: A Buddhist Approach to Promoting Well-Being in Children.- The Psychobiology of Adolescence.- Elders and Sons.- Spirituality and Resilience in Adolescent Girls.- Promoting Well-Being among At-Risk Children: Restoring a Sense of Community and Support for Development.- Sex, Guns, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Influence of Media in Children's Lives.- The Civil Society Model: The Organic Approach to Building Character, Competence, and Conscience in Our Young People.- Caring and Character: How Close Parental Bonds Foster Character Development in Children.- Gather Around the Children.- Contributors.- Author Index.- Subject Index.
From the reviews:
"Authoritative Communities: The Scientific Case for Nurturing the Whole Child is part of the Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society. ... It emphasizes the importance of developmentally attentive communities that provide boundaries, guidance, and support to young people. ... There are several impressive reviews of research on attachment, religion, and the development of conscience ... . the scholars associated with the present volume should be commended for tackling such a significant and complex set of concerns." (David W. Carroll, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (2), 2008)