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The influence of the family on individual behavior has long been debated, but has not received comprehensive coverage in the psychopathology literature until now. Offering a substantial contribution to contemporary nature-nurture discussions, this authoritative volume shows how many forms of psychopathology can be seen as products of external (contextual or relational) rather than internal (neurological or physiological) conditions. From both theoretical and clinical standpoints, leading experts describe a variety of dysfunctional family patterns and analyze how they can lead to different kinds of individual, marital, and family disorders. Covering theory, research, prevention, and treatment, this work serves as a reference for researchers and practitioners, and as a text in abnormal psychology and family psychology courses.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This impressive volume will be important reading into the next century. L'Abate has brought together chapters that thoroughly cover the diverse areas of family psychopathology, linking the scholarly and practice literatures of individual and family functioning. Well organized in five sections, the book provides a rich array of knowledge that will be helpful for students as well as even the most seasoned professionals." --Charles R. Figley, PhD, Professor of Family Therapy and Social Work, Florida State University

"L'Abate has illumined our field again!...This is virtually a handbook--a coherently organized, comprehensive overview of family psychopathology." --Arthur M. Bodin, PhD, ABPP, Senior Research Fellow, Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California

"Finally, a comprehensive book that links family systems with individual psychopathology. It contains a rich diversity of chapters by national and international scholars that describe family patterns and styles related to major symptoms (depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse). This book clearly demonstrates the significance and power of the family." --David H. Olson, PhD, Professor, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

Describes a variety of dysfunctional family patterns from both theoretical and clinical standpoints, and analyzes how they can lead to different kinds of individual, marital, and family disorders. Special attention is paid to identifying distinctions between functional and dysfunctional relationships and ensuring accuracy in family assessment. Also examines preventive measures and treatment approaches. Useful as a reference for professionals, and can be used as a text in abnormal psychology and family psychology courses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572303690
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Luciano L'Abate, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgia State University, where he served as Director of the Family Psychology Training Center and the Family Study Center. Among his many professional affiliations, he is Diplomate and Examiner of the American Board of Professional Psychology; Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Fellow of Divisions 12 and 13 of the American Psychological Association; Life Member of the American Orthopsychiatric Association; Charter Member of the American Family Therapy Academy; Member of the National Council on Family Relations; Cofounder and Past President of the International Academy of Family Psychology; and Charter Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Preventive Psychology. Author or editor of numerous books, book chapters, articles, and reviews, Dr. L'Abate is internationally known as a teacher, lecturer, and clinician. With Bess L. L'Abate, MSW, he has a part-time private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction, L'Abate
I. Foundations
1. The Role of Theory in the Study of Family
Psychopathology, Scabini and Cigoli
2. The Family as a Unity of Interacting Personalities,
Loukas, Twitchell, Piejak, Fitzgerald, and Zucker
3. The Concept of "the Family" in Family
Psychopathology, Petzold
4. Family Interaction and Family Psychopathology,
5. Risk and Resiliency Factors among Culturally
Diverse Families: Implications for Family
Psychopathology, Gardano
II. Dimensions of Family Structure
6. Psychopathology and the Marital Dyad, Davila and
7. Parenting Styles and Psychopathology, Cusinato
8. Intergenerational Relationships in Modern Families,
9. Comprehensive Assessment of Family Functioning,
Heffer and Snyder
III. Varieties of Individual and Family
10. Destructive Parentification in Families: Causes and
Consequences, Jurkovic
11. Marital Processes and Depression, Beach and Fincham
12. Schizophrenia and the Family, Nicholson
13. Psychosomatic Illness and the Family, Cierpka, Reich,
and Kraul
14. The Family Roots of Aggression and Violence: A
Life Span Perspective, Rosen
15. Substance Abuse and Dependence, Trepper and
IV. Helping Families at Risk, in Need, and in
16. Prevention Approaches for Families, Tolan,
Quintana, and Gorman-Smith
17. From Parent Education to Family Empowerment
Programs, Gerris, Van As, Wels, and Janssens
18. The Empirical Status of Psychological Interventions with Families of Children and Adolescents, Sanders
V. Research Issues
19. Methodological Problems in Studying Family
Psychopathology, Tschacher
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