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Family Theories

Third Edition


August 2007 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
An incisive, thorough introduction to current theories of the family, this text balances the diversity and richness of a broad scope of scholarly work with the conciseness needed for ease of use in a one-semester course for upper-division undergraduate and beginning graduate students.

Through two editions, this best-selling text has drawn upon seven major theoretical frameworks developed by key social scientists to explain variation in family life. These frameworks include: social exchange and choice, symbolic-interaction, family life course development, systems, conflict, feminist, and ecological. Readers of the Third Edition will welcome the addition of an eighth framework - funcitional theories - along with more suggestions for integrating theory to guide a research program and more applications for those going on to careers in the helping professions.

 
Preface to Third Edition
 
1. What Is a Theory?
Philosophies of Science  
Architecture of a Scientific Theory  
Defining Theory  
Functions of a Theory  
Theories About Families  
A Brief History of Theory in Family Theory  
Conceptual Frameworks: 1950-1966  
Formal Theory Construction: 1967-1979  
Pluralism: 1980-1999  
Post-Postmodern Theory: 2000-Present  
Evaluation of a Theory  
Frameworks  
Suggested Readings  
 
2. The Functionalist Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
3. The Social Exchange and Rational Choice Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
4. The Symbolic Interaction Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
5. The Family Life Course Development Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
6. The Systems Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
7. The Conflict Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
8. The Feminist Framework and Poststructuralism
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
9. The Ecological Framework
Intellectual Traditions  
Focus and Scope Assumptions  
Concepts  
Propositions  
Variations  
Empirical Applications  
Implications for Intervention  
Critiques and Discussion  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
10. The State of Family Theory and Its Future
State of Family Theory  
Theory Construction  
Metatheory and Theory Development  
The Future of Family Theory  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

Liked the book; vignettes at the beginning of the chapter truly enhance the understanding of the material presented in the chapter.

Professor Louise Belgrave
Family Consumer Sciences Dept, Alabama A & M University
September 21, 2012

Content was more technical than was needed for the course.

Professor Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head
Hum Dvmt Consumer Fam Sci Dept, South Dakota State University
June 1, 2012

A strong overview of the theories

Offers our students a link between the meta theories and the particular models of family therapy.

Allows for self-reflection while also offering the content of the theories.

Dr John Robbins
Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University-Salt Lake City
May 11, 2012

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James M. White

James M. White is a Professor in the School of Social Work and Family Studies at the University of British Columbia and resides with his wife and three daughters in Vancouver, Canada. His research interests include family development as well as marital interaction and communication. He is the author of Dynamics of Family Development (published in the U.S. in 1991 and translated into Japanese in 1994), as well as numerous articles that have appeared in the Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, Journal of Marriage and Family, and elsewhere. His authored and co-authored book chapters include a chapter with... More About Author

David M. Klein, MBA

David M. Klein is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His current research is on relationship formation, assessment, and dissolution. He co-edited the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research, and has served as Chair and Archivist of the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop. He also has been Treasurer of the National Council on Family Relations, and Chair of its Research and Theory Section.  He is also an Honorary Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. More About Author

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