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Handbook of Family Theories

A Content-Based Approach

Edited by: Mark A. Fine , Frank D. Fincham

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415879453
eBook ISBN: 9780203075180
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118754

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Organized by content areas rather than by theory, this comprehensive, accessible handbook helps readers gain greater insight into how key theories have impacted today’s family research. Most competing books, organized by theory, do not provide a strong sense of the links between theory and research. Using the 2000 and 2010 decade-in-review issues of the Journal of Marriage and Family as a resource, the book addresses the most important topics impacting family studies research today. 

The introductory chapter, written by the editors, provides an overview of the role family theories have had on the field. This chapter is followed by 23 others on family-related content areas written by renowned scholars in the field. The book is organized around the most important domains in the field: parenting and parent-child relationships, romantic relationships, conflict and aggression, structural variation and transitions, demographic variations, and families and extra-familial institutions.  Each of the contributors describes how theory has been used to generate new knowledge in the field and suggests future directions for how theory may be used to extend our knowledge base. The book helps readers acquire a working knowledge of the key family science theories, findings, and issues and understand how researchers make use of these theories in their empirical efforts.

To maximize accessibility, each of the renowned contributors addresses a common set of issues in their chapter:
• Introduction to the content area
• Review of the key topics, issues, and findings
• A description of each of the major theories used to study that particular content area
• Limitations of the theories
• Suggestions for better use of the theories and/or new theoretical advances
• Conclusions about future theoretical developments.

An ideal text for graduate and/or advanced undergraduate family theories courses, this book’s unique organization also lends itself to use in content-based family studies/science courses taught in family studies, human development, psychology, sociology, communication, education, and nursing. Due to its comprehensive and current approach, the book also appeals to scholars and researchers in these areas.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Parenting in Infancy and Early Childhood Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Parent–Child Relationships in Adolescence Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Taking Stock of Theory in Grandparent Studies Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Parent–Child and Intergenerational Relationships in Adulthood Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Changing Faces of Fatherhood and Father–Child Relationships Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Cohabitation Conundrum Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Same-Sex Relationships Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Understanding Marital Distress Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Understanding Conflict in FamiliesMargolin Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Theories of Intimate Partner Violence Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Theories of Child Abuse Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Effects of Interparental Conflict on Children Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Transition to Parenting Within Context Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Theoretical Approches to Studying Divorce Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Theory Use in Stepfamily Research Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Becoming Gendered Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Theoretical Perspectives on Acculturation and Immigration Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Economic Distress and Poverty in Families Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Theories and their Empirical Support in the Study of Intergenerational Family Relationships in Adulthood Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The State of Theory in Work and Family Research at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Theories of Family Health  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Resilience of Military Families Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Individuation and Differentiation in Families Across Cultures Download PDF
Author_Index Download PDF
Subject_Index Download PDF
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