Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Book — xiii, 217 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Introduction PART ONE: TRANSCENDING THE STEREOTYPES The Politics of the Only-Child The Research Framework Co-Researchers' Stories Only-Child Voices PART TWO: A MULTIPLICITY OF VOICES Research Data and the World Wide Web Stories from China and Taiwan Life-Stories Life-Stages PART THREE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THERAPY An Only-Child Archetype: A Folk-Tale The Only-Child Matrix Gathering the Threads.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
The only-child phenomenon is increasing worldwide, but little attention has been given to the lived experiences and social identity of the adult only-child. How have they experienced a life without siblings? What are the social and psychological implications of this absence? Do cultural stereotypes of the spoilt, selfish only-child affect them? Are there advantages to being an only-child? Are only-children different in some way? In this exciting new book, Bernice Sorensen presents adult only-child experiences from around the world and offers an insight into the dilemmas and challenges faced throughout different life stages, including interpersonal relationships and self-image. Examined from both a social and psychological perspective, this book reveals the complexity and multidimensional nature of the private, personal and public worlds of the only-child. (source: Nielsen Book Data)