The Contemporary American Family: A Dialectical Perspective on Communication and Relationships

The Contemporary American Family: A Dialectical Perspective on Communication and Relationships

by Teresa C. (Chandler) Sabourin
     
 

The Contemporary American Family: A Dialectical Perspective on Communication and Relationships recognizes that families are both close and distant, stable and changing, amenable and uncontrollable. Teresa Chandler Sabourin employs a dialectical approach, acknowledging that a family's contradictions and relational tensions may be the determining factor in its

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The Contemporary American Family: A Dialectical Perspective on Communication and Relationships recognizes that families are both close and distant, stable and changing, amenable and uncontrollable. Teresa Chandler Sabourin employs a dialectical approach, acknowledging that a family's contradictions and relational tensions may be the determining factor in its interaction. Writing in a direct and simple style, Sabourin uses this innovative theoretical position to address four types of family diversity: structural, cultural, developmental, and functional.

Designed as a supplemental text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Family Communication, The Contemporary American Family is also an invaluable resource for students in Family Studies and Women's Studies courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761924456
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Chapter 1: A Dialectical Approach to Family
Conceptual tools
Basic concepts
Dialectical management patterns
Interface of culture patterns
Dialectical classifications
Chapter 2: Defining the Contemporary Family
Defining family
Criteria for defining family
Chapter 3: Structural Diversity
Contemporary family structures
Nuclear family
Single parent family
Blended family
Chapter 4: Cultural Diversity
Cultural diversity in the family
Religion and family culture
Diversity in sexual orientation
Racial and ethnic diversity
Chapter 5: Developmental Diversity
Approaches to development
The family life cycle approach
The learning approach
A dialectical approach
Chapter 6: Functional Diversity
Functional diversity and the family
The impact of alcoholism on the family
Domestic violence
The dark side of divorce
Chapter 7: Family Spirituality
Bringing light into darkness
A spiritual approach
12-Step programs
References

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