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Families and Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions (4TH 10 Edition)by Patrick C. Mckenry
Synopses & Reviews
Families are constantly bombarded with transitions and life events which result in varying degrees of stress. From all indications, families are increasingly living with a constant sense of insecurity and stress resulting from a variety of economic concerns, war and its aftermath, natural disasters, health issues, parenting, aging, divorce, death, violence, and various forms of discrimination. These stressors have a major impact on how families function. Therefore, it is increasingly important that researchers, educators, and practitioners posses the needed knowledge to study, teach, and work with families. This book contributes to this need by integrating scholarship from a variety of disciplines in order to address the most common problems facing contemporary families.
This book represents an integration of research, theory, and application and is intended to serve as a basic or supplementary text for undergraduate and introductory graduate courses on families or social problems. It will also be useful to professionals, novices, and those with considerable experience, who work with families who are confronting a multitude of problems. Each chapter presents an overview of our current understanding of selected family transitions and stressors, as well as mechanisms and resources for intervention and additional resources including readings and websites.
Book News Annotation:
Instructors of social work and other helping and social sciences describe approaches and techniques for intervening with families undergoing stress. Among the topics are conceptualizing parental stress with family stress theory, stress and coping in later life, illness and family stress, alcohol and substance abuse, economic stress, the development and functioning of families with lesbian or gay parents, African American families, homeless families, everyday hassles, and military life. The textbook was first published in 1994, and is revised periodically to reflect current thinking. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Learn how contemporary families respond to and cope with common stressful life events and transitions
Integrating research, theory, and application from a variety of disciplines, the Fourth Edition of this bestselling text offers students a deep understanding of family transitions. Each chapter presents the latest scholarship from leaders in the field on modern family changes and stressors from leading experts, as well as resources for intervention and mechanisms for learning.
New to The Fourth Edition
More concrete examples, vignettes, and intervention strategies weaved throughout the textThe role of resiliency in families emphasized New chapters on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families and military families now includedWeb resources and references at the end of chapters now available Coverage of African American families and homeless families, featured in the First Edition, reinstated
Accompanied by robust ancillaries
A new companion Web site featuring test questions for each chapter for instructors and access to related SAGE journal articles can be found at www.sagepub.com/pricefamchnge4e.
This book is designed as a core text for upper-level courses in child and family studies, human development and social work.
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