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Readings in Family Theory

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December 2004 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Readings in Family Theory is an anthology of classic and contemporary articles that provides a context for student learning by demonstrating how theory fits into the overall process of scientific research on families. The book provokes student interest in theory by providing examples of the scholarly application of family theory to compare how people use similar processes in everyday life. Using this contextual orientation, the selected readings examine nine prevalent theoretical perspectives from both family and human development sciences.

Editors Thomas R. Chibucos, Randall W. Leite, and David L. Weis offer brief descriptions of the basic concepts and historical roots of each theory along with examples of scholarship and research guided by each. The volume editors suggest that scientific progress will be enhanced to the degree that research and theory are more fully integrated into the family and human development sciences.

Key Features

Volume editors provide an introduction to the reader and discuss what theory is and why it is important

Nine theoretical perspectives are examined-family life course, life-span development, social learning, social exchange, social conflict, feminist, symbolic interactionist, family systems, and ecological

Chapters include a brief description of the readings, issues for consideration, and a list of additional readings for further research

The concluding chapter provides an overview of developments in family theory and thoughts on future directions

Readings in Family Theory provides undergraduate and graduate students with an excellent introduction to family theory. It can be used as a stand-alone text or as a companion to any other family theory texts.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Theory: What It Is and Why It Is Important
Notable Differences Between Everyday Life and Family Research

 
Example of Theory Building and the Research Process

 
Defining Family?

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
 
2. Family Life Course Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
Involuntary celibacy: A life course analysis

Donnelly, Burgess, Anderson, Davis, & Dillard, 2001
Life course transitions, the generational stake, and grandparent-grandchild relationships

Crosnoe & Elder, 2002
 
3. Life-Span Developmental Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
The influence of context, timing, and duration of riskpassage from childhood to midadulthood experiences for the

Schoon, Bynner, Joshi, Parsons, Wiggins, & Sacker (2002)
Marital status continuity and change among young and midlife adults: Longitudinal effects on psychological well-being

Marks & Lambert, 1998
 
4. Social Learning Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
A social learning theory model of marital violence

Mihalic & Elliott, 1997
Intergenerational transmission of constructive parenting

Chen & Kaplan, 2001
 
5. Social Exchange Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
Costs and rewards of children: The effects of becoming a parent on adults' lives

Nomaguchi & Milkie, 2003
Equity and social exchange in dating couples: Associations with satisfaction, commitment, and stability

Sprecher, 2001
 
6. Social Conflict Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
A conflict theory of family violence

Witt, 1989
Status and income as gendered resources: The case of marital power

Tichenor, 1999
 
7. Feminist Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
Feminist visions for transforming families: Desire and now equality then and

Allen, 2001
Do gender roles matter? Family formulation and dissolution among traditional and egalitarian men and women

Kaufman, 2000
 
8. Symbolic Interactionism
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
The symbolic origins of conflict in divorce

Hopper, 2001
"They think you ain't much of nothing": Social construction of the welfare mother

"They think you ain't nothing": The social construction of the welfare


Seccombe & Walters, 1998
 
9. Family Systems Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
Relations between identity formation and family characteristics of adults

Mullis, Brailsford, & Mullis, 2003
Structural family therapy

Vetere, 2001
 
10. Ecological Theory
The Readings

 
Issues for Your Consideration

 
Further Reading

 
Balancing employment and fatherhood: A systems perspective

Berry & Rao, 1997
The social ecology of marriage and other intimate unions Getting dinosaurs to dance: Community collaborations of theory

Perkins, Ferrari, Covey, & Keith, 1996
 
11. Discussion and Conclusions
Overview of Developments in Family Theory

 
Thoughts on Future Directions

 
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Editors

Thomas R. Chibucos

Thomas R. Chibucos received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University in 1974. He is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, where he also served as Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences for a decade.  Previously, he taught at Northern Illinois University in the Department of Human and Family Resources for 17 years.  At both Bowling Green and Northern Illinois, Dr. Chibucos developed and taught courses on child abuse and neglect, child and family policy, research methodology, and theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is an... More About Author

Randall W. Leite

Randall W. Leite is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in marriage and family, family stress, and family policy.  His research largely focuses on aspects of fatherhood, father-child interactions, nonresidential parenthood, and family policy issues.  He is also an affiliate of the Center for Family and Demographic Research and the Center for Policy Analysis and Public Service, both located at Bowling Green State University.  Prior to his arrival at Bowling Green, Dr. Leite spent several years in various university... More About Author

David L. Weis

Daivd L. Weis received a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Purdue University in 1979. He was a Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Program at Bowling Green State University, where he had been since 1986. He was a long-time member of NCFR and had held leadership positions in his academic department and in professional organizations.  He had taught undergraduate and graduate courses on family theory for more than two decades and was an active scholar on a number of family science and human development issues.  Tragically, Dr. Weis passed away during the development of this book. More About Author

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