Family Theories: An Introduction

Family Theories: An Introduction

by David M. Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803958536

ISBN-13: 9780803958531

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Offering students both an understanding of what family theory is and a survey of six major theoretical frameworks developed by key social scientists to explain patterns of family life, this book is an ideal introductory textbook in family studies.

The authors begin with a discussion of the purpose of theory and trace the history of theoretical explanations of

Overview

Offering students both an understanding of what family theory is and a survey of six major theoretical frameworks developed by key social scientists to explain patterns of family life, this book is an ideal introductory textbook in family studies.

The authors begin with a discussion of the purpose of theory and trace the history of theoretical explanations of the family. They then go on to present the six theoretical frameworks: exchange-utilitarian, symbolic-interaction, family developmental, systems, conflict and ecological. Each theory is systematically explored through its historical perspective, basic assumptions, core concepts, variations, empirical applications, implications for intervention, and a critique of its weaknesses. Concluding with a typology for analyzing and comparing the six theories, the authors provide directions for future theory development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803958531
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Series:
Understanding Families Series, #4
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

What Is a Theory?
Explanation, Philosophy, and the History of Theory in Family Studies
The Exchange Framework
The Symbolic Interaction Framework
The Family Developmental Framework
The Systems Framework
The Conflict Framework
The Ecological Framework
The Current State and Future Course of Family Theory

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