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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cindy L. Gilbert, MSW, LSW (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a thorough introduction to the field of marital and family treatment. The chapters are well documented and easy to read, and provide an important foundation for a beginning practitioner.
Purpose: The authors strive to update and improve this basic family and marital therapy text. As the field rapidly expands to address new issues such as single-parent households or gay and lesbian families, such revisions of texts are definitely needed. The authors appear to have met their objectives, as this is a detailed, inclusive volume.
Audience: The intended audience is students and practitioners of marital and family therapy. While the book provides an excellent foundation for students or new practitioners, it contains enough new material that veterans of the field will certainly benefit from it as well.
Features: The book is made up of eight sections containing a total of 31 chapters. The topics range from historical perspectives on the family and its evolution over time to evaluating and treating dysfunction, to ethical considerations. Each chapter begins with reader objectives that act as an outline of the information contained therein, and ends with a brief list of suggested readings. Each chapter is individually referenced, allowing the reader to find sources on specific topics without having to sort through hundreds of citations. Where appropriate, the authors include graphs or tables to depict pertinent statistics and other information. The book also includes a list of tables and figures, which makes it much easier to locate a specific point or piece of information. The book is quite long (739 pages including indexes) but is quite thorough. This text more than just scratches the surface of this material.
Assessment: This book provides a wealth if information on this field. The authors include a review of the work of Minuchin, Haley and Satir, without which any introduction to family or marital work would be incomplete. Although long, this is certainly one of the most thorough introductions to a field of practice. The book is also pleasantly easy to read. Given the continuing refinement of theory and practice in this field, this new edition was certainly due.