Family Interaction

Series
Pearson
Author
Stephen A. Anderson / Ronald M. Sabatelli  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
5
Language
English
Total pages
400
Pub.-date
August 2010
ISBN13
9780205710836
ISBN
0205710832
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Description

Examinesfamilies - their challenges and successes - as they move through the life course.

 

Family Interaction takes a family systems and a multigenerational, developmental framework. This text looks at the major conceptual models used to understand the patterns and interactional dynamics that operate in families. It provides readers with an overview of the basic tasks that all families must execute regardless of their particular composition or living situation and, at the same time, offers readers an appreciation of the variety and uniqueness in the ways in which each family develops its patterns of interaction.

Features

  • Emphasis on integration - particularly an integration of family systems, family developmental, and intergenerational perspectives.
  • Highlights the challenges faced by contemporary families as they move through the life course.
  • Comprehensive overview of the major conceptual models used to understand the patterns and dynamics that operate in families.
  • Provides readers with an overview of the tasks that all families must execute regardless of their composition or living situation, and offers readers an appreciation of the uniqueness and variety within families.
  • Guides the reader through various family life cycle stages and other transitions brought about by the death of a family member, divorce or remarriage.
  • Examines interactive strategies, functioning, and well-being of individual family members and the family system as a whole.
  • New to this Edition

    • New research studies on couple, marriage, and family relationships

    • Updated discussion on diversity and how it applies to family structure and life-cycle stages

    • Updated content throughout! Revised topics include:

      • parent-child relations
      • adolescent adjustment
      • couple communication
      • diversity of family structures and couple relationship
      • conflict resolution
      • divorce
    • New census data details national trends in marriage, divorce, family living arrangements, income, race and ethnic demographics
    • Significant revision to content and coverage of same-sex relationships

    Table of Contents

    IN THIS SECTION:

    I.  BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

    II. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS



    I. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

     

    Preface

    PART I.  Defining Families

    1.  The Family as a System

    2.  Family Strategies

     

    PART II.  Models of Family Functioning

    3.  Structural Models

    4.  Intergenerational Models

    5.  Contextual Models: Family Diversity

     

    PART III. Family Developmental Stages

    Section 1.  Early Adulthood and Marriage

    6.  The Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

    7.  Mate Selection and Family Development

    8.  The Transition to Marriage: The New Marital System

    9.  Communication and Intimacy

    10.  Conflict in Marriage

    Section II The Parenting Years

    11.  Families with Young Children: The Transition to Parenthood

    12.  The Parent-Child Relationship System

     Section III The Middle and Later Years of Family Development

    13.  Family Tasks during Middle Adulthood

    14.  The Family in Later Life

     

    PART IV.  Alternative Family Developmental Pathways

    15.  Death, Loss, and Bereavement

    16.  Divorce

    17.  The Single-Parent Household

    18.  Remarriage and Step-Parenting


     

    II. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    *All chapters begin with “Chapter Overview” and conclude with “Conclusions” and “Key Terms.”

    Part I Defining Families


    Chapter 1 The Family as a System

    The Family as a System

    The Difficulty of Defining the Family

    The Characteristics of Family Systems

    Structural Properties of Families

    Strategies and Rules

    The Tasks That Families Must Execute

    First-Order Tasks

    Second-Order Tasks

    The Politics of the Family


    Chapter 2 Family Strategies

    Family Strategies

    Identity Strategies

    Boundary Strategies

    Maintenance Strategies

    Strategies for Managing the Family's Emotional Environment

    Strategies for Managing Stress: Adaptability as a Second-Order Task


    Part II Models of Family Functioning


    Chapter 3 Structural Models

    Structural Models of Family Functioning

    The Structural Model

    Mapping the Family Structure


    Chapter 4 Intergenerational Models

    Intergenerational Models of Family Functioning

    Core Concepts in the Bowen Model

    Managing Unresolved Issues with the Family of Origin

    The Genogram: Insight into Intergenerational Processes


    Chapter 5 Contextual Models: Family Diversity

    Ethnicity

    A Metaperspective on Cultural Diversity

    The Broader Racial and Ethnic Context

    Class, Socioeconomic Status, and Family Diversity

    Poverty, Racism, and Family Life

    Acculturation and Family Diversity

    Ethnicity, Race, and Family Strategies


    Part III Family Developmental Stages


    Section I Early Adulthood and Marriage


    Chapter 6 The Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

    The Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

    The Individuation Process

    The Individuation Process and Subsequent Development and Adjustment

    Individuation Difficulties and the Problems of Youth

    Problems of Forced Individuation


    Chapter 7 Mate Selection and Family Development

    Mate Selection and Family Development

    Selecting a Lifetime Companion

    Comparison Levels: The Uniqueness of Our Filters

    The Impact of Family of Origin Experiences on Mate Selection

    Mate Selection and Relationship Dynamics


    Chapter 8 The Transition to Marriage: The New Marital System

    A Post-Modern Perspective on Marriage

    The Tasks of the Newly Married Couple


    Chapter 9 Communication and Intimacy

    Communication and Intimacy

    Defining Communication

    Conversational Styles

    Communication and Intimacy within Marriage


    Chapter 10 Conflict in Marriage

    Conflict in Marriage

    Areas of Conflict

    The Underlying Sources of Conflict in Marriage

    The Dynamics of Managing Conflict

    Interactional Patterns Leading to Marital Success and Failure

    Marital Violence


    Section II The Parenting Years


    Chapter 11 Families with Young Children: The Transition to Parenthood

    Parenthood as Just One Developmental Pathway

    The Changing Context of Parenthood

    The Structural Diversity Found Within Families with Children

    The Challenges Confronted by the Family with Young Children


    Chapter 12 The Parent-Child Relationship System

    The Parent-Child Relationship System

    Dimensions of Parenting Style

    Determinants of Parenting Style

    Gender and Parenting Styles

    Ethnic and Minority Parenting

    The Effectiveness of Parenting Styles: Child Abuse and Neglect


    Section III The Middle and Later Years of Family Development


    Chapter 13 Family Tasks During Middle Adulthood

    Family Tasks During Middle Adulthood

    The Marriage Relationship During the Middle-Adult Years

    Parent-Child Dynamics During Middle Adulthood

    The Demands of Being in the Middle


    Chapter 14 The Family in Later Life

    The Family in Later Life

    Marriage During the Later-Adult Years

    Intergenerational Dynamics During the Later Years

    Family System Dynamics and the Caregiving/Care-Receiving Relationship


    Part IV Alternative Family Developmental Pathways


    Chapter 15 Death, Loss, and Bereavement

    Death, Loss, and Bereavement

    Death Within the Family System

    Factors Mediating the Family System's Response to Death

    A Multigenerational, Developmental Perspective on Death

    Unresolved Grief and Family Strategies


    Chapter 16 Divorce

    Divorce

    Divorce as a Family Process

    Adaptation Following Divorce

    An Intergenerational Systems Perspective on Divorce


    Chapter 17 The Single-Parent Household

    The Single-Parent Household

    Diversity within Single-Parent Systems

    Single-Parent Family Systems: Prevalence and Challenges

    Challenges in Meeting Basic Tasks within Single-Parent Systems

    Adaptation to Single-Parenthood: Sources of Social Support


    Chapter 18 Remarriage and Step-Parenting

    Remarriage and Step-Parenting

    A Developmental Model for Remarried Family Systems

    Problematic Family System Dynamics in Remarried Step-Families


    Author

    Stephen Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Connecticut.  He is Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and the Center for Applied Research in Human Development.  He received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University. His research interests include - Youth Development, Assessment of Family Functioning, Couple and Family Violence, Family Therapy Supervision and Training, and Program Evaluation.

     

    Ronald Sabatelli is Professor & Department Head of the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut.  His research interests include how family of origin experiences influence the structure and experience of parenthood and romantic relationships; youth development, and the assessment of relationship and family functioning. He is currently the editor of Family Relations, an interdisciplinary journal of applied family studies, published on behalf of the National Council on Family Relations.


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