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Over the past decade, social changes have redefined the boundaries of "normal family life," calling for a re-examination of assumptions, both explicit and implicit, embedded in our cultural and clinical beliefs. Offering groundbreaking perspectives from leading clinical educators and researchers, this second edition of a classic work addresses the vast diversity of family forms, life challenges, and value systems in our rapidly changing society. The first edition of Normal Family Processes is recognized as a milestone in the clinical literature. Completely updated and expanded, this volume continues its pioneering work, covering the most current concepts of family functioning and frameworks for assessment and treatment. The book opens with a comprehensive overview of recent conceptual advances regarding normal family functioning. Bridging clinical and social science perspectives, Dr. Walsh places the consideration of normality into a sociohistorical perspective, reminding us that families in our society have always been diverse, and that our idealized model of the "normal family" may have blinded us to the potential for healthy functioning in a variety of family arrangements. Several leading family systems investigators then present state-of-the-art research models that delineate attributes of well-functioning families, discuss the efficacy of numerous clinical assessment instruments, and propose questions and suggestions for guiding intervention and future research. Addressing the diversity of contemporary family functioning patterns, the following two parts focus family structure, sociocultural context, and developmental context. Chapters cover the challenges faced by dual-earner, single-parent, and gay and lesbian families, as well as normative procedures in divorced, remarried, and adoptive families, and lesbian couples and their families. A broad, cross-cultural perspective on family normality is presented, with consideration given to ethnic differences, t

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"A comprehensive, in depth, positive look at normal family processes." --Cherry L. Saenger, M.S., Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina

"Diversity and breadth of what constitutes a family, focus on normality." --Ester Rodriguez, Arizona State University, College of Nursing

"It addresses all the issues that face the contemporary American family." --Michelle Fabian, University of Iowa, Communication Studies

"Has the magic blend of all great textbooks. Conceived with love for the subject and delivered with care for the reader, it is lucid, substantive, comprehensive, organized, and astonishingly up-to-date. Walsh and her exceptional contributors offer the perfect centerpiece text for any course on what real families are really like." --Richard Chasin, MD

"This superb book is the best currently available one-stop shopping source for current thinking about the myriad approaches to defining normality in families. Whether one is a family researcher, a family therapy clinician, or a student of family process, this volume provides you with a vast breadth of information, and it does so in an unusually well-organized and comprehensive fashion." --Peter Steinglass, M.D., Executive Director, Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, Editor, Family Process

"Froma Walsh's Normal Family Processes, 2nd Edition should be required reading for all who care about strengthening families....She addresses the thorny issues of family normalcy without ignoring external contexts that remain complex--job pressures, racism, gender issues, economics, poverty, illness, disability. She also addresses the reality of diversity in divorced, remarried, adoptive, gay and lesbian, ethnic and dual earner families....The focus on external influences makes this book unique and compelling because it is the context in which families must live, more than an Ozzie and Harriet normalcy, that determines which families remain resilient and which will break. I recommend this book highly for all who are interested in the survival of families." --Pauline Boss, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Family Science, University of Minnesota

"Unusually rich....Each page is crammed with information. The very best contributors have been selected and they show us their best work. It is certain to be used by clinicians and scholars for a long time to come." --Donald A. Bloch, M.D., Editor Family Systems Medicine, Director Emeritus, Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy

"This is an exceptional book. It reveals the complexity of normal family processes better than ever before. Scholarly, yet lucid and enjoyable, it will become a requirement to understand the multiple versions of the contemporary normal family." --Celia Jaes Falicov, Ph.D., University of California San Diego

"In Normal Family Processes, Froma Walsh and her contributors provide the perspectives and knowledge that help us avoid our biases and the limitations of our own experience. In doing so these contributors reflect passion, and compassion, toward real families as they exist today....This work is essential....Its effects will be felt far beyond courses in family functioning; it also will impact the very nature of clinical intervention, family research and education, and public policy. It is not recommended reading; it should be required!" --James Alexander, Ph.D., University of Utah

"A classic book from the early 80's becomes a classic for the 1990's. This new edition defines the cutting edge of the family systems understanding of families. The chapters are scholarly, practically useful, and engagingly written--an unbeatable combination. An extraordinary overview by Froma Walsh in the context of the first chapter introduces a consistently engaging and valuable series of chapters by leaders in the field. Froma Walsh has once again set the gold standard for meaty and accessible books on family processes." --William J. Doherty, Ph.D., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

Brings up to date a 1982 landmark sourcebook on normal family functioning. Discussion of recent conceptual advances is followed by contributions on family structure, sociocultural context, and developmental context. Dual earner, single-parent, and gay and lesbian families, and divorced, remarried, and adoptive families are discussed, as is family functioning in the face of normal challenges and in the face of a family member's serious illness. The work is important so that the term "dysfunctional family" carries some meaning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898620900
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Froma Walsh, PhD, is Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She is also the founding Codirector of the University-based Center for Family Health and its affiliated family therapy training institute, the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is the Editor of the Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), recipient of AFTA's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Her edited or coedited publications include Normal Family Processes, Second Edition; Women in Families; Living Beyond Loss; and a forthcoming book on spirituality and family therapy.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Conceptualization of Normal Family Processes 3
Ch. 2 Measuring Family Competence: The Beavers Systems Model 73
Ch. 3 Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems: Assessing Family Functioning 104
Ch. 4 The McMaster Model: View of Healthy Family Functioning 138
Ch. 5 Genetic Influences on Family Process: The Emergence of A New Framework for Family Research 161
Ch. 6 Dual-Earner Families in Context: Managing Family and Work Systems 185
Ch. 7 Divorce: Challenges, Changes, and New Chances 208
Ch. 8 Remarriage Families and Stepparenting 235
Ch. 9 Normal Processes in Adoptive Families 254
Ch. 10 Lesbian and Gay Families 282
Ch. 11 Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Normality 331
Ch. 12 Race, Class, and Poverty 361
Ch. 13 Changing Gender Norms 377
Ch. 14 The Changing Family Life Cycle: A Perspective on Normalcy 405
Ch. 15 Mastering Family Challenges in Serious Illness and Disability 444
Ch. 16 Challenges for Family Policy 474
Index 503
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