Exploring Family Theories

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Written by a team of experts, Exploring Family Theories, Second Edition, is a combined text/reader that integrates theory with research and applications. Presenting a diverse variety of perspectives, it offers students a unique and highly readable introduction to family theories. In eachchapter, the editors present the history, scholarship, and critiques of each principal family theory in a concise and student-friendly manner. Numerous illustrations and examples augment and clarify content, while application questions help students relate each theory to the real world. After eachchapter, a follow-up journal article exemplifies how each theory is used to guide actual research. Clear, comprehensive, and concise, Exploring Family Theories, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in family theory.

Author Biography

Suzanne R. Smith is Associate Professor of Human Development, Associate Chair, and Program Director at Washington State University, Vancouver.
Raeann R. Hamon is Distinguished Professor of Family Science and Gerontology and Chair of the Human Development and Family Science Department at Messiah College.
The late Bron B. Ingoldsby was Associate Professor of Family Life at Brigham Young University.
J. Elizabeth Miller is Associate Professor of Family and Child Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
About the Authorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
What Is Theory?p. 1
Theory in Historical Perspectivep. 4
Family Theoryp. 5
Text Organizationp. 6
Symbolic Interactionism Theoryp. 9
Historyp. 10
Basic Assumptionsp. 13
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 15
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 18
Critiquep. 20
Applicationp. 22
Sample Reading: Symbolic Interactionism in Grounded Theory Studies: Women Surviving with HIV/AIDS in Rural Northern Thailandp. 25
Structural Functionalism Theoryp. 38
Historyp. 38
Basic Assumptionsp. 40
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 41
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 43
Critiquep. 46
Applicationp. 48
Sample Reading: The Theoretical Importance of Lovep. 50
Family Development Theoryp. 64
Historyp. 64
Basic Assumptionsp. 66
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 66
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 69
Critiquep. 77
Applicationp. 78
Sample Reading: Work-Family Stage and Satisfaction with Work-Family Balancep. 82
Family Stress Theoryp. 94
Historyp. 95
Basic Assumptionsp. 96
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 99
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 101
Critiquep. 104
Applicationp. 107
Sample Reading: Ambiguous Loss and the Family Grieving Processp. 111
Family Systems Theoryp. 123
Historyp. 123
Basic Assumptionsp. 125
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 131
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 134
Critiquep. 136
Applicationp. 137
Sample Reading: The Costs of Getting Ahead: Mexican Family System Changes After Immigrationp. 140
Conflict Theoryp. 161
Historyp. 162
Basic Assumptionsp. 163
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 167
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 169
Critiquep. 173
Applicationp. 174
Sample Reading: Why Welfare?p. 177
Social Exchange Theoryp. 201
Historyp. 201
Basic Assumptionsp. 202
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 203
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 205
Critiquep. 209
Applicationp. 210
Sample Reading: Power and Dependence in Intimate Exchangep. 213
Feminist Family Theoryp. 230
Historyp. 230
Basic Assumptionsp. 232
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 237
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 239
Critiquep. 241
Applicationp. 242
Sample Reading: Feminist Visions for Transforming Families: Desire and Equality Then and Nowp. 245
Biosocial Theoryp. 260
Historyp. 261
Basic Assumptionsp. 262
Primary Terms and Conceptsp. 264
Common Areas of Research and Applicationp. 265
Critiquep. 269
Applicationp. 270
Sample Reading: Biosocial Perspectives on the Familyp. 273
Epiloguep. 297
Author Indexp. 303
Subject Indexp. 311
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