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Widely adopted, this valued course text and practitioner guide has expanded the understanding of family normality and healthy functioning in our increasingly diverse society. The editor and contributors are at the forefront of research and clinical training. They describe the challenges facing contemporary families and ways in which clinicians can promote resilience. With consideration of sociocultural and developmental influences, chapters identify key family processes that nurture and sustain strong bonds in couples; dual-earner, divorced, single-parent, remarried, adoptive, and kinship care families; gay and lesbian families; culturally diverse families; and those coping with adversity, such as trauma, poverty, and chronic illness. New to this edition reflects important research advances and the changing contexts of family life additional chapter topics: kinship care, family rituals, evidence-based assessment, and neurobiology chapters on lesbian and gay families, stepfamilies, gender norms, and spirituality have been fully rewritten.
Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. Dr. Walsh is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has received many honors for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the field of family therapy, including awards from the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the Society for Pastoral Care Research. Widely published, she is a frequent speaker and international consultant on resilience-oriented professional training, practice, and research.
Table of Contents
1. The New Normal: Diversity and Complexity in 21st-Century Families, Froma Walsh
2. Clinical Views of Family Normality, Health, and Dysfunction: From Deficit to Strengths Perspective, Froma Walsh
II. Varying Family Forms and Challenges
3. Couple Interaction in Happy and Unhappy Marriages: Gottman Laboratory Studies, Janice Driver, Amber Tabares, Alyson Shapiro, and John M. Gottman
4. Contemporary Two-Parent Families: Navigating Work and Family Challenges, Peter Fraenkel and Carrie Capstick
5. Risk and Resilience after Divorce, Shannon M. Greene, Edward R. Anderson, Marion S. Forgatch, David S. DeGarmo, and E. Mavis Hetherington
6. The Diversity, Strengths, and Challenges of Single-Parent Households, Carol Anderson
7. Remarriage and Stepfamily Life, Kay Pasley and Chelsea Garneau
8. Gay and Lesbian Family Life: Risk, Resilience, and Rising Expectations, Robert-Jay Green
9. Family Processes in Kinship Care, Malitta Engstrom
10. Adoptive Families, Cheryl Rampage, Marina Eovaldi, Cassandra Ma, Catherine Weigel Foy, Leah Bloom, and Gina Miranda Samuels
III. Cultural Dimensions in Family Functioning
11. Culture: A Challenge to Concepts of Normality, Monica McGoldrick and Deidre Ashton
12. Intersections of Race, Class, and Poverty: Challenges and Resilience in African American Families, Nancy Boyd-Franklin and Melanie Karger
13. Immigrant Family Processes: A Multidimensional Framework, Celia Jaes Falicov
14. Changing Gender Norms in Families and Society: Toward Equality amid Complexities, Carmen Knudson-Martin
15. The Spiritual Dimension of Family Life, Froma Walsh
IV. Developmental Perspectives on Family Functioning
16. The Family Life Cycle, Monica McGoldrick and Tazuko Shibusawa
17. Family Resilience: Strengths Forged through Adversity, Froma Walsh
18. Normative Family Transitions, Couple Relationship Quality, and Healthy Child Development, Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan
19. Mastering Family Challenges in Serious Illness and Disability, John S. Rolland
20. Family and Community Rituals in the 21st Century, Evan Imber-Black
V. Advancing Family Systems Research and Practice
21. Assessment of Effective Couple and Family Functioning: Prevailing Models and Instruments, Jay Lebow and Catherine B. Stroud
22. Unraveling the Complexity of Gene–Environment Interplay and Family Processes, Erica L. Spotts
23. Neurobiology and Family Processes, Mona DeKoven Fishbane