Prominent contributors offer a comprehensive view of family from a developmental perspective, with a definable life cycle. The first section examines the normal pattern of family development including the individual in the family life cycle, siblings, marital and parental life cycles, leisure, grandparenthood and cultural variations. It then deals with such disruptions and dysfunctions in the family life cycle as abuse, divorce, death, illness and marital problems. Concludes with implications of this viewpoint for developmental theory and clinical application.
Table of Contents
Partial table of contents:
What Is Developmental Family Psychology?
LIFE CYCLE OF THE FUNCTIONAL FAMILY.
The Longest Bond: The Sibling Life Cycle (V. Cicirelli).
Parenting Over the Family Life Cycle (M. Cusinato).
Subcultural Diversity in American Families (D. Entwisle).
Leisure and Family Over the Life Cycle (D. Orthner, et al.).
DISRUPTIONS, DETOURS, AND DYSFUNCTIONALITIES IN THE FAMILY LIFE CYCLE.
Marital Conflict and Divorce: A Developmental Family Psychology Perspective (C. Heavey, et al.).
Chronic Illness and Developmental Family Psychology (A. Hurtig).
Sexual Abuse in Families (J. Haugaard).
Developmental Systems Theory and Substance Abuse: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework for Analyzing Patterns of Variation in Families (H. Fitzgerald, et al.).
Implications of a Developmental Family Systems Model for Clinical Practice (P. Jameson & J. Alexander).
Looking to the Future: Diversity in Family Experience and Developmental Paths (A. Crouter & B. Seery).