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The Classics Edition of The Expanded Family Life Cycle, with a new foreword by Donald Bloch, continues to provide "a new and more comprehensive way to think about human development and the life cycle," reflecting society's shift away from the nuclear family toward a more diverse and inclusive definition of family. Theory and research are integrated with clinical guidelines and cases by two of the most respected authors, teachers, and clinicians in the field of family therapy–Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick.

“This text is a classic in the field of family psychology and family therapy. It provides a framework in which current family life cycle stressors, family intergenerational history, and current sociocultural factors are beautifully integrated and applied to an understanding of family functioning. Further, it is one of the few texts I know that can span undergraduate and graduate education, providing information relevant for both beginning and more advanced students. The information is presented clearly and is written by experienced clinicians who supply lots of clinical cases to exemplify the points they are trying to make, resulting in absorbing reading. I have been using this text for the past ten years or so, and plan to use it indefinitely.”
–Leslie Brody, Boston University

“The text's primary theme is diversity. The contents cover a broad range of topics from Latino family life cycle to gay and lesbian life cycle. Issues such as death, migration, violence, and gender add to the breadth and interest of this text and it position it to be useful to many....The text is easy to understand and engaging, written with clarityand an excellent balance between knowledge and application. The case illustrations throughout the book are helpful in providing an illustration of the concepts and holding the interest of the reader.”
–Kathleen Briggs, Oklahoma State University

“The text is well written, which makes it a pleasure to read. I find the use of metaphors and analogies very effective....The Adam and Eve reference in the conclusion of chapter one is a favorite quote of mine regarding the timelessness of family violence....The chapter on self in context is particularly valuable. It introduces some key concepts regarding developmental and social issues relevant to gay and lesbian youth that continue throughout the text....The Carter and McGoldrick text is a valuable component of students' foundation studies related to family issues.”
–Margarete Parrish, University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205488292
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters include “Conclusions,” “Concluding Remarks,” and an “Introduction.”



1. Overview: The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family, and Social Perspectives, Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick.

The Family Life Cycle.

The Family as a System Moving through Time.

The Individual in the Family and in History.

The Vertical and Horizontal Flow of Stress in the Life Cycle.

Anxiety and Symptom Development.

The Changing Family Life Cycle.

The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual Development.

Contemporary Families.

Our Life Cycles Unfold in the Context of the Community of Our Connectedness.

The Larger Society.

The Changing Structure of Families.


The Political and Economic System.

The American Family of the Future.

Clinical Implications: The Multicontextual Framework.

Assessing Individual Development.

Assessing the Immediate Family Household(s).

Assessing the Extended Family.

Assessing the Family's Community and Social Connections.

Assessing the Impact on Clients Hierarchy and Power Inequality in the Larger Social Structures of Society.

A Method of Including the Sociocultural Context in Family Therapy.

2. Self in Context: The Individual Life Cycle in Systemic Perspective, Monica McGoldrick and Betty Carter.

Redefining the Dimensions of Human Development.

Developing a Self in Context.

The Myths of Complete Autonomy and Self-Determination.

Developing a Mature Interdependent Self.

It Takes a Village.

Gendered Development: From Adam's Rib.

Developing a Self in a Nonaffirming Environment.

Our Multiple Intelligences.

The Connected Self.

Countering Unequal Gender, Class, Cultural, and Racial Socialization.

The Individual Life Cycle in Context.

The "Slings and Arrows" as Individual, Family, and Community Intersect.

Developing an Autonomous and Emotionally Connected Self.

3. History, Genograms, and the Family Life Cycle: Freud in Context, Monica McGoldrick.

Using Genograms to Track Family History through the Family Life Cycle.

Courtship and Marriage of Freud's Parents: The Joining of Families.

The Transition to Parenthood and Families with Young Children.

Families with Adolescents.

Families at Midlife: Launching Children and Moving on.

Marriage: The Next Generation.

Parenthood: The Next Generation.

Families in Later Life.

4. Culture and the Family Life Cycle, Paulette Moore Hines, Nydia Garcia Preto, Monica McGoldrick, Rhea Almeida, and Susan Weltman.

Life Cycle Stages.

African American Families.

Latino Families.

Irish Families.

Asian Indian Families.

Jewish Families.

5. Social Class and the Family Life Cycle, Jodie Kliman and William Madsen.

Understanding Social Class.

Class Influences on the Family Life Cycle: Challenges and Possibilities.

Three Families.

Therapeutic Implications of the Intersection of Class and the Family Life Cycle.

6. Women and the Family Life Cycle, Monica McGoldrick.

Women's Changing Life Cycle Roles.

Women and Education.

Women and Work.

Women in Families.

Women in the Middle: Women and Caretaking.

Women's Exclusion from Power under the Law and Societal Expectations.

Women and Marriage.

Becoming Mothers.


Launching Children and Moving on.

Older Families.

Women and Their Friendship Networks.

Women and Loss.

That the Bumble Bee Should Fly: Affirming Women through the Life Cycle.

7. Men in Transition: The "New Man," Elliott J. Rosen.

The New Man and the Legacy of Masculinity.

Is There a “New Man?”

Men and Power.

Men, Friendship, and the Men's Movements.

Men and Their Relationships throughout the Family Life Cycle.

8. The Latino Family Life Cycle, Celia Jaes Falicov.

Family Organization, Migration, and the Family Life Cycle.

The Family with Young Children: Relatedness or Autonomy?

The Family with School-Age Children: Brave in a New World.

Adolescence: Between Two Worlds.

Young Adulthood: Staying Home and Courtship.

Marriage: Separating or Returning to the Fold?

Middle Age: A Full Nest.

The Elderly: Losses but a Shared Life.

Dying and Grieving.

9. Siblings through the Life Cycle, Monica McGoldrick, Marlene Watson, and Waymon Benton.

The Importance of Sibling Relationships through the Life Cycle.

Age Spacing.

Gender Differences.

Birth-Order Effects in Sibling Relationships.

Life Cycle Issues in Families with Disabled Siblings.

Sibling Positions and Parenting.

Siblings and Adolescent Relationships.

Sibling Relationships in Young Adulthood.

Sibling Positions and Marital Relationships.

Sibling Relationships in Midlife.

Sibling Relationships after the Death of Parents.

Other Factors that Intersect with Sibling Patterns: Culture, Class, and Race.

Rules of Thumb for Sibling Relationships through the Life Cycle.

10. Migration and The Family Life Cycle, Miguel Hernandez and Monica McGoldrick.

The Migration Experience.

Changes in Social Networks.

Changes in Socioeconomic Status.

Changes in Culture.

Life Cycle Phase at the Time of Migration.

11. Death and the Family Life Cycle, Monica McGoldrick and Froma Walsh.

Family Adaptation to Loss.

Timing of Loss in the Family Life Cycle.

Loss at Different Life Cycle Stages.

Death in Divorced and Remarried Families.

Varied Life Course: Challenges of Hidden and Stigmatized Losses.

12. Creating Meaningful Rituals for New Life Cycle Transitions, Evan Imber-Black.

Creating Rituals as a Developmental Task for Couples.

Contemporary Life Cycle Transitions.

The Emergence of Symptoms.

Therapeutic Rituals.

Discussion of the Ritual.

Healing Rituals

Identity Redefinition Rituals.

Designing and Implementing Rituals for Idiosyncratic Life Cycle Transitions.


13. Becoming an Adult: Leaving Home and Staying Connected, Richard Fulmer.

Young Adulthood: Developmental Tasks.

Young Adulthood in the 1990's.

Late Adolescence or Early Young Adulthood: Age 18-21.

Issues for the Family.

Young Adulthood for Heterosexual Men.

Young Adulthood for Heterosexual Women.

Young Adulthood for Gay Men.

Young Adulthood for Lesbians.

The Poor Get Poorer: The Last Two Decades.

14. Becoming a Couple, Monica McGoldrick.

Marriage in Our Times.

Fusion and Intimacy.

Gay and Lesbian Couples.

The Wedding.


Patterns with Extended Family.


Sibling Issues in Couple Formation.

Cultural Differences.

Issues in Marital Adjustment.

15. Becoming Parents: The Family with Young Children, Betty Carter.

Gender Issues in Parenting.


Alternate Pathways to Parenthood.

Clinical Guidelines.

16. Transformation of the Family System during Adolescence, Nydia Garcia Preto.

The Sociocultural Context.

Developing a Gender Identity.

Changes in the Family Structure.

Therapeutic Interventions.

17. The Launching Phase of the Life Cycle, Lynn Blacker.


Gender Issues: Men and Women at Midlife.

Midlife Marriages.

Midlife Divorces.

Midlifers at Work.

Redefining Family Relationships at Midlife.

Friendships at Midlife.

Gays and Lesbians at Midlife.


18. Families in Later Life: Challenges and Opportunities, Froma Walsh.

The Graying of the Family.

Later-Life Transitions and Challenges.

Successful Aging.

Clinical Challenges and Opportunities: A Resiliency-Based Approach.

19. The Family Life Cycle of African American Families Living in Poverty, Paulette Moore Hines.

Factors Influencing Diversity, Functioning, and Resilience through the Life Cycle.

Characteristics of the Family Life Cycle.

Assessment and Treatment Considerations.

Stages of the Family Life Cycle.

Avoiding Therapist Burnout.

20. Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Family Life Cycle, Thomas W. Johnson and Patricia Colucci.


Leaving Home/Single Young Adulthood.



Midlife/Later Life.

21. The Single Adult and the Family Life Cycle, Kathy Berliner, Demaris Jacob, and Natalie Scwartzberg.

Setting the Clinical Stage.

The Single Person's Life Cycle.

22. The Divorce Cycle: A Major Variation in the American Family Life Cycle, Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick.

Gender Issues in Divorce.


The Divorce and Postdivorce Family Emotional Process.

Family Emotional Process of the Transition to Remarriage.

23. Divorce: An Unscheduled Family Transition, Constance R. Ahrons.

The Context of Divorce.

Divorce as a Multidimensional Process.

The Transitions Framework.

Clinical Overview.

24. Single-Parent Families: Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and Interventions, Carol M. Anderson.

Changing Prevalence and Pathways.

The Adaptation of Children in Single-Parent Families through the Life Cycle.

Validating the History and Present of Single-Parent Family Experiences.

Engaging Single-Parent Families in Therapy.

The Significance of the Social Context: Kin and Nonkin Networks.

Recognizing and Mobilizing Strengths.

Reinforcing the Mother's Authority.

Addressing Special Life Cycle Issues of Single-Parent Families.

25. Remarried Families, Monica McGoldrick and Betty Carter.

A New Paradigm of Family.

Stepfamily Formation Following Death.

Gays and Lesbians in Stepfamilies.

Money in Remarried Families.

Predictable Emotional Issues in Remarriage.

The Process of Remarriage.

The Impact of Remarriage at Various Phases of the Family Life Cycle.

Spouses at Same Life Cycle Phase.

Stepfamilies and Young Children.

Stepfamilies with Adolescents.

The Impact of Remarriage in Later Life Cycle Phases.

Family Therapy with Remarried Families: Clinical Procedures and Illustrations.

Key Presenting Triangles in Remarried Families.


26. Coaching at Various Stages of the Life Cycle, Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick.

System Interactions.

Fusion versus Differentiation.


Distancing and Cut-Off.


The Role of the Coach.



Opening Up a Closed System.

Engagement and System Mapping.

Planning: Learning about the System and One's Own Role in It.


The Single Young Adult.

The Young Couple.

Families with Young Children.

Families with Adolescents.

The Couple at or Past the Launching Stage.

Elderly Clients.

Coaching Single Parents.

Coaching Remarried Family Members.

Coaching Minority-Group Clients.

Guidelines for the Therapist.

27. Alcohol Problems and the Family Life Cycle, Jacqueline Hudak, Jo Ann Krestan, and Claudia Bepko.

Addiction in Context.

The Family Life Cycle: A Long-Term Perspective on Alcohol Use.

Self-Help Groups.

Bias against the Alcoholic.

The Impact of Race and Culture.

Addiction: Staging and Life Cycle Issues in Assessment.

The Family with Adolescents.

The Unattached Young Adult.

New Couples.

Couples at Any Stage.

Domestic Violence.

After Sobriety.

Gay and Lesbian Couples.

New Parents.

Children in Alcoholic Families.

Early Warning Signs for Children at Risk.

When a Parent Gets Sober.

Launching Children and Moving on.

The Family in Later Life: Addiction and the Elderly.


Summary and Conclusions.

28. Violence and the Family Life Cycle, Monica McGoldrick, Mary Ann Broken Nose, and Mildred Potenza.

Why Intervention Must Address Social Accountability.

Young Adulthood.

Newly Formed Couple Relationships.

Families with Young Children.

Families with Adolescents.

Families at Midlife.

Older Families.

29. Chronic Illness and the Family Life Cycle, John S. Rolland.

The Social Context of Illness and Disabilities.

Psychosocial Typologies of Illness.

Time Phases of Illness.

Interface of the Illness, Individuals, and Family Life Cycles.

Multigenerational Experiences with Illness, Loss, and Crisis.

30. Interactions between the Therapist's and Client's Life Cycle Stages, Steve Lerner.

Dimensions of Similarity between Therapist and Client.

Brief Scenarios: Complex Therapist-Family Life Cycle Interactions.

Families with Young Children: A Complex Intersection.

She Nurtures/He Earns: The Therapist's Transition Gets in the Way.

The Long-Term View: Working with One Family Over Successive Life Cycle Stages.

Working with Loss: A Link between Life Cycle Stages.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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