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Family Interaction: A Multigenerational Developmental Perspective

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780205485475

ISBN10:
0205485472
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
5/17/2010 10:39:00 AM
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

Using a family systems and a multigenerational, developmental framework, this text highlights the challenges faced by contemporary families as they move through the life course. Family Interaction offers a comprehensive overview of the major conceptual models that are 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 varied and unique ways each family develops its patterns of interaction. As with every edition, this text has been thoroughly updated, including new research on parent-child relations, adolescent adjustment, couple communication, divorce, and conflict resolution.

Table of Contents

Preface xv
PART I Defining the Family
1(40)
The Family as a System
3(16)
Chapter Overview
3(1)
The Family as a System
3(1)
The Difficulty of Defining the Family
4(2)
The Characteristics of Family Systems
6(1)
Structural Properties of Families
6(3)
Strategies and Rules
9(2)
The Tasks That Families Must Execute
11(1)
First-Order Tasks
12(2)
Second-Order Tasks
14(2)
The Politics of the Family
16(1)
Conclusions
17(1)
Key Terms
18(1)
Family Strategies
19(22)
Chapter Overview
19(1)
Family Strategies
19(1)
Identity Strategies
20(4)
Boundary Strategies
24(2)
Maintenance Strategies
26(3)
Strategies for Managing the Family's Emotional Climate
29(3)
Strategies for Managing Stress: Adaptability as a Second-Order Task
32(6)
Conclusions
38(1)
Key Terms
39(2)
PART II Models of Family Functioning
41(46)
Structural Models
43(13)
Chapter Overview
43(1)
Structural Models of Family Functioning
43(2)
The Structural Model
45(6)
Mapping the Family Structure
51(3)
Conclusions
54(1)
Key Terms
55(1)
Intergenerational Models
56(16)
Chapter Overview
56(1)
Intergenerational Models of Family Functioning
56(1)
Core Concepts in the Bowen Model
57(5)
Managing Unresolved Issues with the Family of Origin
62(4)
The Genogram: Insight into Intergenerational Processes
66(4)
Conclusions
70(1)
Key Terms
71(1)
Contextual Models: Family Diversity
72(15)
Chapter Overview
72(2)
Ethnicity
74(1)
A Metaperspective on Cultural Diversity
75(2)
The Broader Racial and Ethnic Context
77(1)
Class, Socioeconomic Status, and Family Diversity
77(2)
Poverty, Racism, and Family Life
79(2)
Acculturation and Family Diversity
81(1)
Ethnicity, Race, and Family Strategies
82(3)
Conclusions
85(1)
Key Terms
85(2)
PART III Family Developmental Stages
87(176)
Section I Early Adulthood and Marriage
The Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood
91(20)
Chapter Overview
91(1)
The Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood
91(1)
The Individuation Process
92(5)
The Individuation Process and Subsequent Development and Adjustment
97(3)
Individuation Difficulties and the Problems of Youth
100(8)
Other Problems of Forced Individuation
108(1)
Conclusions
109(1)
Key Terms
110(1)
Mate Selection and Family Development
111(20)
Chapter Overview
111(1)
Mate Selection and Family Development
111(1)
Selecting a Lifetime Companion
112(4)
Comparison Levels: The Uniqueness of Our Filters
116(6)
The Impact of Family of Origin Experiences on Mate Selection
122(5)
Mate Selection and Relationship Dynamics
127(2)
Conclusions
129(1)
Key Terms
130(1)
The Transition to Marriage: The New Marital System
131(20)
Chapter Overview
131(1)
The Transition to Marriage: The New Marital System
131(4)
The Tasks of the Newly Married Couple
135(14)
Conclusions
149(1)
Key Terms
150(1)
Communication and Intimacy
151(18)
Chapter Overview
151(1)
Communication and Intimacy
151(1)
Defining Communication
152(4)
Conversational Styles
156(5)
Communication and Intimacy within Marriage
161(6)
Conclusions
167(1)
Key Terms
168(1)
Conflict in Marriage
169(27)
Chapter Overview
169(1)
Conflict in Marriage
169(1)
Areas of Conflict
170(1)
The Underlying Sources of Conflict in Marriage
170(5)
The Dynamics of Managing Conflict
175(4)
Interactional Patterns Leading to Marital Success and Failure
179(10)
Marital Violence
189(5)
Conclusions
194(1)
Key Terms
194(2)
Section II The Parenting Years
Families with Young Children: The Transition to Parenthood
196(17)
Chapter Overview
196(1)
Parenthood as Just One Developmental Pathway
196(1)
The Changing Context of Parenthood
197(1)
The Structural Diversity within Families with Children
197(1)
The Challenges Confronted by the Family with Young Children
198(14)
Conclusions
212(1)
Key Terms
212(1)
The Parent-Child Relationship System
213(18)
Chapter Overview
213(1)
The Parent-Child Relationship System
213(1)
Dimensions of Parenting Style
214(3)
Determinants of Parenting Style
217(4)
Gender and Parenting Styles
221(1)
Ethnic and Minority Parenting
222(4)
The Effectiveness of Parenting Styles: Child Abuse and Neglect
226(3)
Key Terms
229(2)
Section III The Middle and Later Years of Family Development
Family Tasks during Middle Adulthood
231(15)
Chapter Overview
231(1)
Family Tasks during Middle Adulthood
231(1)
The Marriage Relationship during the Middle-Adult Years
232(4)
Parent-Child Dynamics during Middle Adulthood
236(8)
The Demands of Being in the Middle
244(1)
Key Terms
245(1)
The Family in Later Life
246(17)
Chapter Overview
246(1)
The Family in Later Life
246(1)
Marriage during the Later-Adult Years
247(4)
Intergenerational Dynamics during the Later Years
251(5)
Family System Dynamics and the Caregiving/Care-Receiving Relationship
256(5)
Conclusions
261(1)
Key Terms
262(1)
PART IV Alternative Family Developmental Pathways
263(72)
Death, Loss, and Bereavement
265(20)
Chapter Overview
265(1)
Death, Loss, and Bereavement
265(1)
Death within the Family System
266(2)
Factors Mediating the Family System's Response to Death
268(5)
A Multigenerational, Developmental Perspective on Death
273(5)
Unresolved Grief and Family Strategies
278(5)
Conclusions
283(1)
Key Terms
284(1)
Divorce
285(18)
Chapter Overview
285(1)
Divorce
285(1)
Divorce as a Family Process
286(8)
Adaptation Following Divorce
294(5)
An Intergenerational Systems Perspective on Divorce
299(2)
Conclusions
301(1)
Key Terms
301(2)
The Single-Parent Household
303(16)
Chapter Overview
303(1)
The Single-Parent Household
303(1)
Diversity within Single-Parent Systems
304(1)
Single-Parent Family Systems: Prevalence and Challenges
305(1)
Challenges in Meeting Basic Tasks within Single-Parent Systems
305(9)
Adaptation to Single-Parenthood: Sources of Social Support
314(3)
Conclusions
317(1)
Key Terms
318(1)
Remarriage and Stepparenting
319(16)
Chapter Overview
319(1)
Remarriage and Stepparenting
319(4)
A Developmental Model for Remarried Family Systems
323(7)
Problematic Family System Dynamics in Remarried Stepfamilies
330(3)
Conclusions
333(1)
Key Terms
333(2)
References 335(26)
Name Index 361(9)
Subject Index 370


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