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Family Theories
An Introduction

Fourth Edition


February 2014 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Fourth Edition of James M. White, David M. Klein, and Todd F. Martin’s best-selling Family Theories: An Introduction offers a thorough and accessible approach to the most current perspectives in family theory. Rich in detail yet exceptionally concise, the text's analytical structure draws from such major theoretical frameworks as social exchange and choice, symbolic-interaction, family life course development, systems, conflict, feminism, and ecology to explain variation in families. Thoroughly updated, this new edition helps readers connect theory to everyday life.
 
1. What Is a Theory?
 
2. Theoretical Assumptions
 
3. The Rational Choice and Social Exchange Framework
 
4. The Symbolic Interaction Framework
 
5. The Family Life Course Development Framework
 
6. The Systems Framework
 
7. The Conflict Framework
 
8. The Feminist Framework
 
9. The Ecological Framework
 
10. Theorizing About Families
 
11. Epilogue

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

This is absolutely perfect! I not only teach but design all our school's social science and theology courses in our online division. The text, the companion website, all help me to provide ease of design as well as resources for students and assessments. Thank you for letting me review this. Sage Pubs has been a favorite of mine for year.
Barry Davis

Mr Barry Davis
Arts Humanities Dept, Tri-State Bible College
May 1, 2015

Perfect for introducing students to theories in family studies. The vignettes before each chapter really helped the students learn how to apply he theory being studied.

Dr Kimmery Newsom
Sch Of Family Stds Human Svcs, Kansas State University
December 31, 2014

Very relevant to course content.

Mr Andrew Hicks
Faculty of Social Sciences/Department of Sociology, University of Guyana
September 8, 2014

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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

Todd Forrest Martin

Todd F. Martin is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity Western University. He is co-author of Families Across the Life Course (2012). He holds degrees in Theology, Family Studies, and Sociology. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Adolescent Research, International Migration Review and Journal of Family Theory and Review. He has also contributed to edited volumes on the topic of fertility as well as work and family interaction. His current research is on cohabitation, adolescent religious socialization, and union dissolution.... More About Author

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