Handbook of Family Development and Intervention / Edition 1by William C. Nichols, Mary Anne Pace-Nichols, Dorothy S. Becvar, Augustus Y. Napier
Like all complex living systems, a family, during its life course, proceeds through predictable stages of development. Yet every family is different, its uniqueness defined and continually redefined by an open-ended array of structural, biological, and sociocultural variables. And, as with all living things, a family’s continues well-being depends upon its… See more details below
Like all complex living systems, a family, during its life course, proceeds through predictable stages of development. Yet every family is different, its uniqueness defined and continually redefined by an open-ended array of structural, biological, and sociocultural variables. And, as with all living things, a family’s continues well-being depends upon its ability to adapt to changes arising from both within the family system and without. First postulated in the 1940s, these basic ideas constitute the conceptual core of modern family development theory. From them has blossomed an impressive body of knowledge about family health and illness, without which much of the progress occurring in family therapy over the past half-century would not have been possible. This book does much to promote continued progress in the practical application of family development theory by affording family therapists an unparalleled opportunity to acquaint themselves with the most important trends in family development theory to emerge over the past decade. In it you will find contributions from leading theorists, researchers, and clinicians, arranged so as to provide a systematic treatment of the latest thinking on family development seen from both the systemic viewpoint and that of individual members of the system. Comprehensive in scope, this book explores the patterns, processes, and dynamics inherent in "traditional" families, as well as in important structural variantssuch as single-parent and gay and lesbian familiesand families with special needs and problems, including divorce, physical abuse, and disabilities. Since progress in the social sciences is as much about formulating viable new ways of seeing as it is about determining quantifiable facts, the editors offer equal time to an array of influential and sometimes radically conflicting schools of thought, including sociobiology, social psychology, constructionism, multiculturalism, post-modernism, and feminism. Mainstream family therapists will find much in this handbook that they will consider controversial. In some cases readers may even be outraged by the views expressed. Yet,thanks to the high caliber of scholarship, intellect, and professionalism evidenced throughout, none of the ideas advanced in Handbook of Family Development and Intervention can be easily dismissed, and all have something of value to offer the thoughtful, dedicated family therapist. Handbook of Family Development and Intervention is a valuable professional resource for all couples and family therapists. It is also must reading for graduate students in family psychology, family therapy, social work, and counseling.
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- Wiley Series in Couples and Family Dynamics and Treatment Series, #14
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Table of Contents
THEORIES OF FAMILY DEVELOPMENT.
Family Development and Family Therapy (W. Nichols & M.Pace-Nichols).
Evolutionary Psychology (W. DeKay).
The Limits of Change: Heredity, Temperament, and Family Influences(J. Efran & M. Green).
Human Development as a Process of Meaning Making and RealityConstruction (D. Becvar).
THE LARGER SOCIAL CONTEXT.
Socialization of Gender Roles (C. Philpot).
The Development of Children and Families of Color: A SupplementalFramework (K. Hardy & T. Loszloffy).
Socialization of Socioeconomic Status (M. Rank).
FAMILY STAGES, PATTERNS, PROCESSES, AND DYNAMICS.
Making a Marriage (A. Napier).
Childless Married Couples (W. Nichols & M. Pace-Nichols).
Families with Young Children: A Developmental-Family SystemsPerspective (N. Kaslow, et al.).
The Midlife Family: Dealing with Adolescents, Young Adults, and theMarriage in Transition (E. Berman & A. Napier).
Aging and the Family: Dynamics and Therapeutic Interventions (A.Davey, et al.).
VARIATIONS IN FAMILY STRUCTURE.
Families by Choice: Adoptive and Foster Families (L.Schwartz).
Gay and Lesbian Families (J. Bigner).
Diversity of New American Families: Guidelines for Therapists (R.Gates, et al.).
Single-Parent Families: Dynamics and Treatment Issues (C. Everett& S. Everett).
Families Experiencing Divorce (F. Kaslow).
FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND PROBLEMS.
Remarried Families of 2000: Definitions, Description, andInterventions (R. Berger).
Families Experiencing Violence (M. Harway).
Families with Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, andOther Childhood Challenges (S. Rigazio-DiGilio & D.Cramer-Benjamin).
Families with Chronic Physical Illness (J. Barth).
Families Experiencing Death, Dying, and Bereavement (D.Becvar).
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