Family Worlds: A Psychosocial Approach to Family Life

Family Worlds: A Psychosocial Approach to Family Life

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Family Worlds: A Psychosocial Approach to Family Life by Robert D. Hess, Gerald Handel

In five narrative case studies, Hess and Handel sensitively explore the dynamics of family life. "Family Worlds" is a pioneering study of family interaction and family relationships in intact nuclear families. It is the first, and still one of the few studies to interview every member of the family household—children as well as adults, husbands/fathers as well as wives/mothers—so that each member's perspective is taken into account in arriving at conclusions. This ground-breaking study has influenced numerous subsequent family studies in several substantive areas. It is a significant exemplar of qualitative family research, continuing to challenge researchers and practitioners to consider how all the family members contribute to constructing the family's everyday world. Originally published in 1959 by the University of Chicago Press.

Author Biography: The late Robert D. Hess was Professor of Education and Psychology at Stanford University. Gerald Handel is Professor of Sociology in the City College and the Graduate School at the City University of New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226330341
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 03/01/1959
Series: A Phoenix Book
Pages: 306

About the Author

Robert D. Hess was Lee L. Jacks Professor Emeritus of Child Education at Stanford University. His books include The Development of Political Attitudes in Children, An Activities Handbook for Teachers of Young Children, and Family Worlds.

Gerald Handel is professor emeritus of sociology at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Making a Life in Yorkville: Experience and Meaning in the Life-Course Narrative of an Urban Working-Class Man. Ralph LaRossa is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Georgia State University, and the author of, among other works, The Modernization of Fatherhood: A Social and Political History (University of Chicago Press, 1997); and Of War and Men: World War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Gerald Handel is professor emeritus of sociology at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Making a Life in Yorkville: Experience and Meaning in the Life-Course Narrative of an Urban Working-Class Man.

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