Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do, Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2006-08-25
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau
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Drawing on hundreds of studies in the last 20 years, the new edition ofFamily Policy Mattersbrings a fresh perspective to family policy, underscoring why it is needed, and outlining how policymaking should be approached. Author Karen Bogenschneider proposes a theoretical framework for conceptualizing policy issues in a way that holds the potential for overcoming controversy and identifying common ground. This new edition includes updates on the most current research, including: *new issues that have changed the political landscape for families (e.g. strengthening marriage initiative, same-sex marriage); *an updated section on state statutes or Governor's orders that require family impact analysis; *a new chapter on the history of family policy in this century; *a new appendix on how to conduct a family impact analysis; and *two new case studies on writing family policy newsletters for state policymakers and teaching family impact analysis to the general public. The targeted audience includes researchers interested in seeing their research and ideas acted upon in the policy world; family professionals who work to connect research and policymaking; and instructors interested in making family policy come alive for undergraduate and graduate students. This book is an ideal textbook for family policy courses.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Preface: The Floating Opera of Family Policyp. xix
Preface to Reluctant Students of Family Policyp. xxxi
The Rationale for Family Policymaking
Do We Need a Family Perspective in Policymaking?p. 3
Is Policymaking Focused More on Families or Individuals? Are Professionals Adequately Trained in Family Science, Theory, and Methodology?p. 15
What Is Family Policy? What Is a Family Perspective in Policymaking?p. 29
Do Families Matter and What Is Their Value in Policymaking?p. 39
Are Family Issues a Legitimate Focus of Policymaking?p. 53
Applying a Family Perspective to Current Policy Issues
Do We Know What Good Parenting Is? Can Public Policy Promote It?p. 67
Can a Family-Focused Approach Benefit Health Care?p. 85
What Current Policies and Proposals Are Changing the Political Landscape for Families?p. 97
Using Theory and Practice to move Controversial Policies Forward
How Can We Bridge the Controversy and Move Family Policies Forward? The Theory of Paradoxp. 115
What Can We Learn from the Roots of American Social Policy About Building Enduring Family Policies in the 21st Century?p. 141
What Can We Learn from the Past About Methods for Moving Family Policy Forward in the Future?p. 161
Strategies for Getting Involved in Family Policymaking
What Roles Can Family Professionals Play to Build Family Policy?p. 177
Which Approach Is Best for Getting Involved in Family Policy: Advocacy or Education?p. 227
How Can We Connect Research With State Policymaking? Lessons From the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminarsp. 245
How Can Professionals Team up With Communities to Influence Local Policymaking? Guidelines From Wisconsin Youth Futuresp. 277
Is It Time to Take Family Policy Seriously?p. 291
p. 299
p. 305
Referencesp. 313
Author Indexp. 345
Subject Index
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