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Overview

Widely adopted, this valued course text and practitioner guide has expanded our understanding of the diversity and complexity of “normal” families today. Froma Walsh and her contributing authors are at the forefront of family systems research and clinical training. They describe the challenges facing contemporary families and ways in which clinicians can promote well-being and resilience. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect important research advances and the changing contexts of family life, the fourth edition covers new topics including evidence-based assessment, neurobiology, kinship care, and family rituals.

 

The introductory section by Walsh surveys emerging trends in family life; critically examines views of family normality, health, and dysfunction; and provides a strengths-based framework for clinical practice. Subsequent sections present cutting-edge research on varied family structures and sociocultural and developmental contexts, highlighting implications for assessment and intervention. The book identifies processes that nurture and sustain strong bonds in couples; dual-earner, divorced, single-parent, and remarried families; gay and lesbian families; and adoptive and kinship care families. It discusses how families are influenced  by social and economic constraints, changing gender norms, immigration experiences, and spirituality. It examines the multigenerational family life cycle and describes key family processes for coping and resilience, with attention to the normative strains of childrearing as well as major stressors such as trauma, loss, and chronic illness or disability. Rounding out the volume, the final section reviews the state of the science of family assessment and probes genetic and neurobiological interactions with family processes.

 

Shifting the focus from how families fail to how they can succeed, this book is essential reading for therapists and counselors, as well as instructors and graduate students in family therapy, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, and related fields. It is a uniquely informative and authoritative text for graduate-level courses.

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Editorial Reviews

Clinical Social Work Journal

"The book provides an excellent springboard from which to foster student/trainee curiosity and further learning....I have already used insights from this book for work with my own clients."--Clinical Social Work Journal (on prior edition)

Family Ministry

"The authors emphasize what families and marriages are doing that works well, building on family strengths rather than highlighting deficits....[Most care providers] would benefit from the therapeutic expertise, current research, and broad perspectives the contributing authors present."--Family Ministry (on prior edition)

The Family Journal

"A classic in the clinical literature....Belongs on the shelf (or desk) of every practitioner, teacher, and student in the mental health and social science fields."--The Family Journal (on prior edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594711862
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. Dr. Walsh is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has received many honors for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the field of family therapy, including awards from the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the Society for Pastoral Care Research. Widely published, she is a frequent speaker and international consultant on resilience-oriented professional training, practice, and research.

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Table of Contents

I. Overview

1. The New Normal: Diversity and Complexity in 21st-Century Families, Froma Walsh

2. Clinical Views of Family Normality, Health, and Dysfunction: From Deficit to Strengths Perspective, Froma Walsh

II. Varying Family Forms and Challenges

3. Couple Interaction in Happy and Unhappy Marriages: Gottman Laboratory Studies, Janice Driver, Amber Tabares, Alyson Shapiro, and John M. Gottman

4. Contemporary Two-Parent Families: Navigating Work and Family Challenges, Peter Fraenkel and Carrie Capstick

5. Risk and Resilience after Divorce, Shannon M. Greene, Edward R. Anderson, Marion S. Forgatch, David S. DeGarmo, and E. Mavis Hetherington

6. The Diversity, Strengths, and Challenges of Single-Parent Households, Carol Anderson

7. Remarriage and Stepfamily Life, Kay Pasley and Chelsea Garneau

8. Gay and Lesbian Family Life: Risk, Resilience, and Rising Expectations, Robert-Jay Green

9. Family Processes in Kinship Care, Malitta Engstrom

10. Adoptive Families, Cheryl Rampage, Marina Eovaldi, Cassandra Ma, Catherine Weigel Foy, Leah Bloom, and Gina Miranda Samuels

III. Cultural Dimensions in Family Functioning

11. Culture: A Challenge to Concepts of Normality, Monica McGoldrick and Deidre Ashton

12. Intersections of Race, Class, and Poverty: Challenges and Resilience in African American Families, Nancy Boyd-Franklin and Melanie Karger

13. Immigrant Family Processes: A Multidimensional Framework, Celia Jaes Falicov

14. Changing Gender Norms in Families and Society: Toward Equality amid Complexities, Carmen Knudson-Martin

15. The Spiritual Dimension of Family Life, Froma Walsh

IV. Developmental Perspectives on Family Functioning

16. The Family Life Cycle, Monica McGoldrick and Tazuko Shibusawa

17. Family Resilience: Strengths Forged through Adversity, Froma Walsh

18. Normative Family Transitions, Couple Relationship Quality, and Healthy Child Development, Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan

19. Mastering Family Challenges in Serious Illness and Disability, John S. Rolland

20. Family and Community Rituals in the 21st Century, Evan Imber-Black

V. Advancing Family Systems Research and Practice

21. Assessment of Effective Couple and Family Functioning: Prevailing Models and Instruments, Jay Lebow and Catherine B. Stroud

22. Unraveling the Complexity of Gene–Environment Interplay and Family Processes, Erica L. Spotts

23. Neurobiology and Family Processes, Mona DeKoven Fishbane

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