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Exploring Family Theories

Fourth Edition

Suzanne R. Smith and Raeann R. Hamon

Publication Date - October 2016

ISBN: 9780190297268

416 pages
Paperback
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $64.95

Makes family theory accessible and memorable for students by tying each theory to real-world research and applications

Description

Offering a diverse variety of perspectives, Exploring Family Theories, Fourth Edition, is a combined text/reader that integrates theory with research and applications. In each chapter, Suzanne R. Smith and Raeann R. Hamon present the history, scholarship, and critiques of one principal family theory in a concise manner. Numerous examples and illustrations augment and clarify content, while application questions help students relate these theories to the real world. After each chapter, a follow-up journal article exemplifies how that particular theory is used to guide actual research.

New to this Edition

  • Several chapters have been reorganized to make the content more clear and understandable
  • Updated throughout to reflect the most current research
  • Expanded history sections include the latest developments
  • Supplemental readings--which are primarily from recent sources--illustrate how each theory might be applied in research and practice
  • More application activities and guiding/reflecting questions for supplemental readings
  • An instructor's manual is now available with related assignments, experiential activities, and a test bank

About the Author(s)

Suzanne R. Smith is Associate Professor of Human Development at Washington State University Vancouver.

Raeann R. Hamon is Distinguished Professor of Family Science and Gerontology and Chair of the Human Development and Family Science Department at Messiah College.

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2012
October 2008
October 2003

Reviews

"This is the best family theory textbook on the market. It is thorough and balanced, and includes parallel empirical articles for undergraduate and graduate students. Plus, it is written by some of the leaders in our field."--Tyler M. Smith, Baylor University

"Exploring Family Theories offers a comprehensive approach to the study of the family that I like very much. The authors' writing style is excellent and the topics are clearly explained in a way that is accessible for undergraduate students."--Jean Dawson, Franklin Pierce University

"This book provides an excellent foundation for understanding family theories. It effectively discusses and reviews family theory concepts and assumptions."--Anthony Walker, Indiana State University

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    About the Authors
    New to the Fourth Edition

    Introduction
    What is Theory?
    Family Theory
    Text Organization

    1. Symbolic Interactionism Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: We Are Family: Black Lesbian Couples Negotiate Rituals with Extended Families, by Valerie Q. Glass

    2. Structural Functionalism Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Who Now Reads Parsons and Bales?: Casting a Critical Eye on the "Gendered Styles of Caregiving" Literature, by Michael Carroll and Lori Campbell

    3. Family Development Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Risk and resilience factors in families under ongoing terror along the life cycle, by Michal Finklestein

    4. Family Stress Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: An Application of Family Stress Theory to Clinical Work with Military Families and other Vulnerable Populations, by Kathrine Sullivan

    5. Family Systems Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Belonging in Stepfamilies, by Valerie King, Lisa M. Bond, and Maggie L. Thorsen

    6. Human Ecological Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Using an Ecological Framework to Understand Men's Reasons for Spousal Abuse: An Investigation of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2007, by Rifat Akhter and Janet K. Wilson

    7. Conflict Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Does Relative Out-Group Size in Neighborhoods Drive Down Associational Life of Whites in the U.S.? Testing Constrict, Conflict and Contact theories, by Michael Savelkoul, Miles Hewstone, Peer Scheepers, and Dietlind Stolle

    8. Social Exchange Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: The Sweetness of Forbidden Fruit: Interracial Daters are More Attractive than Intraracial Daters, by Karen Wu, Chuansheng Chen, and Ellen Greenberger

    9. Feminist Family Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Feminist Ethnography in Cyberspace: Imagining Families in the Cloud, by Sophie Bjork-James

    10. Biosocial Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING: Aging in the Biosocial Order: Repairing Time and Cosmetic Rejuvenation in a Medical Spa Clinic by Stephen Katz and Jessica Gish

    Epilogue
    Index

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