American Families in Crisis: A Reference Handbook / Edition 2

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An urgent, authoritative resource, American Families in Crisis spans the full spectrum of events and conditions that endanger families, offering the latest research and insights while evaluating current strategies and techniques for dealing with challenging family behaviors.

The handbook begins by analyzing the history of family crises in the United States, then looks at how to identify, prevent, and respond to specific problems—everything from marital strife, teen runaways, and unemployment to school shootings, natural disasters, problems created by the Internet, and extended military deployment. The coverage is backed by hundreds of current key reference sources, plus chapters on notable contributors to the field, important data and documents, and resources for further information.

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"It would be appropriate for high school students, undergraduates, and the general public. The entries are well written, clear, and interesting."



"For high school and college students, scholars, and general readers, Turner (human development and family studies, Mitchell College) offers a guide to specific family crises affecting Americans in the present day, and how they can be identified, prevented, and responded to, with emphasis on their influence on children and how one family member can impact others. The guide focuses on 12 key problems: addiction, adolescent runaways, unemployment, infidelity, divorce, chronic illness and disease, caring for aging family members, domestic violence, school violence, natural disasters, deployed military families, and adolescent suicide. Biographical sketches of seminal figures are included, as are related statistics and documents, a list of organizations, and an annotated bibliography of print and electronic resources, including videos.' "


Reference & Research Book News

"[Turner] provides students and families with an excellent starting point for research on many important domestic problems. His guide is recommended for both public and academic libraries."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598841640
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 307
  • Sales rank: 1,012,518
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables xv

List of Figures xvii

Preface xix

1 Background and History 1

Introduction 1

Stress: Basic Terminology and Concepts 2

Primary and Secondary Stressors 4

Theories of Stress 5

Han Selye's Theory 5

Karl Menninger's Theory 6

Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman's Theory 7

Family Stress and Crises 8

Developmental Crisis 8

Situational Crisis 9

Traumatic Crisis 9

History of Family Crisis Intervention 12

The ABCX Model 13

Examples of Prevention and Enrichment Programs 18

Examples of Family Intervention Programs 19

Special Considerations for Children 21

Characteristics of Strong and Resilient Families 23

Summary 26

References 27

2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions 31

Introduction 31

Addiction 32

Implications for Family Life 36

Approaches to Therapy 38

Adolescent Runaways 39

Characteristics of Runaways 40

Intervention for Teenage Runaways 41

Unemployment 42

Trends and Patterns of Unemployment 43

Implications for Family Life 45

Infidelity 47

Online Infidelity: Cheating on the Internet 49

Divorce 50

Implications for Family Life 52

Effects of Divorce on Children 56

Chronic Disease and Illness 57

Implications for Family Life 60

Caring for Aging Family Members 62

Implications for Family Life 65

The Dark Side of Caregiving: Elder Abuse 66

Caregiving Support and Assistance 67

Summary 68

References 69

3 Special U.S. Issues 81

Introduction 81

Domestic Violence 82

Partner Abuse 83

Child Abuse 84

Implications for Family Life 86

School Violence 87

Bullying and School Violence 91

Implications for Family Life 92

Natural Disasters 93

Implications for Family Life94

Deployed Military Families 96

Implications for Family Life 97

Teenage Suicide 101

Implications for Family Life 104

Summary 105

References 106

4 Chronology 117

References 133

5 Biographical Sketches 137

Constance R. Ahrons 137

Joan Aldous 138

Paul J. Bohannan 138

Elaine M. Brody 140

Sarah M. Buel 141

Robert N. Butler 142

Nancy Chandler 143

Andrew J. Cherlin 144

Milton H. Erickson 144

Patricia Fennell 145

Charles Figley 146

James L. Framo 147

Frank F. Furstenberg Jr. 148

Richard J. Gelles 149

Ann M. Goetting 150

Bernard Guerney Louise Guerney 151

Jay Haley 153

E. Mavis Hetherington 153

Reuben Hill 154

Don Jackson 155

Hamilton McCubbin 156

Virginia Satir 157

Gregory A. Thomas 158

Judith S. Wallerstein 159

Glen W. White 160

William Wilson Robert Smith 161

6 Data and Documents 163

Introduction 163

Addiction 164

Unemployment 171

Divorce 172

Chronic Illness and Disease 176

Caring for Aging Family Members 181

Domestic Violence 183

School Violence 189

Natural Disasters 200

Deployed Military Families 203

Adolescent Suicide 207

References 211

7 Directory of Organizations 213

Addiction 213

Adolescent Runaways 215

Unemployment 218

Infidelity 220

Divorce 222

Chronic Illness and Disease 224

Caring for Aging Family Members 226

Domestic Violence 228

School Violence 231

Natural Disasters 234

Deployed Military Families 237

Adolescent Suicide 239

8 Selected Print and Nonprint Resources 243

Books 244

Addiction 244

Adolescent Runaways 246

Unemployment 248

Infidelity 250

Divorce 252

Chronic Illness and Disease 254

Caring for Aging Family Members 256

Domestic Violence 258

School Violence 261

Natural Disasters 264

Deployed Military Families 266

Adolescent Suicide 268

Research Journals 270

Addiction 270

Adolescent Runaways 270

Unemployment 271

Infidelity 272

Divorce 273

Chronic Illness and Disease 274

Caring for Aging Family Members 275

Domestic Violence 275

School Violence 276

Natural Disasters 277

Deployed Military Families 278

Adolescent Suicide 278

DVDs/Videotapes 279

Addiction 279

Adolescent Runaways 280

Unemployment 280

Infidelity 281

Divorce 281

Chronic Illness and Disease 282

Caring for Aging Family Members 282

Domestic Violence 283

School Violence 283

Natural Disasters 284

Deployed Military Families 285

Adolescent Suicide 286

Links to Additional Resources 286

Family Health and Well-Being 286

Family Policy 287

Government Agencies Serving Families 289

National Family Organizations 290

Family Research Sites 292

Glossary 293

Index 297

About the Author 307

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