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Exploring Family Theories

Fifth Edition

Suzanne R. Smith and Raeann R. Hamon

Publication Date - July 2021

ISBN: 9780197530528

496 pages
Paperback
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $65.95

Exploring Family Theories empowers critical thinking and fosters thoughtful classroom engagement by presenting the history, scholarship, and critiques of each theory.

Description

Offering a diverse variety of perspectives, Exploring Family Theories, Fifth Edition, is a combined text/reader that integrates theory with research and applications. In each chapter, Suzanne R. Smith and Raeann R. Hamon concisely present the history, scholarship, and critiques of one principal family theory. Numerous examples and illustrations augment and clarify content, while application questions encourage students to 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

  • Includes new chapter on Attachment theory
  • New career application sections in each chapter explain how professionals in two different career contexts might use the theory to inform their work
  • Updated supplemental readings for each chapter include current scholarship on a range of topics
  • In addition to low-stakes self-assessment quizzes designed to help students test their comprehension, the enhanced e-book contains several short video clips created by authors of sample readings, explaining how a particular theory informed their research process
  • Updated Common Areas of Research and Application section highlight contemporary research that employs the theory of focus
  • Expanded and updated History sections
  • New application activities and guiding/reflecting questions for supplemental readings
  • Updated Instructor's Manual which includes numerous classroom activities and assignments as well as exam questions

About the Author(s)

Suzanne R. Smith is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southwestern State University.

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

Reviews

"I truly find this book perfect. The three primary strengths are organization, clarity, and coverage." -- Joanna Cemore Brigden, lMissouri State University

"The coverage has been just right for my students. The examples are plentiful and very helpful. The writing is reader friendly and accessible. I especially appreciate the application questions and sample readings at the end of each chapter." -- Rhett Billen, lCalifornia State University, Fresno

"The authors do a good job of presenting the main theories in the research and relative to practice. I like the application exercises. The examples are relatable and easily digested by undergraduates. This book is a comprehensive review of quintessential theories in the family science discipline." -- Diane Hall, lTowson University

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    What is Theory?
    Family Theory
    Text Organization

    1. Symbolic Interactionism
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    A Grounded Theory of Becoming a First-Time Father due to a High-Risk Pregnancy, by Tanasirjiranont, R., Kantaraksa, K., Sansiriphan, N., & Jordan, P.L.

    2. Family Development Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Emotional Intelligence and Marital Communication Among Married Couples at Different Stages of Marriage, by Zmaczynska-Witek, B., Komborska, M., & Rogowska, A.

    3. Family Stress Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Finances, Religion, and the FAAR Model: How Religion Exacerbates and Alleviates Financial Stress, by LeBaron, A. B., Kelley, H. H., Hill, E. J., & Galbraith, Q.

    4. Family Systems Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Circumplex Model of Family Functioning in Turkish Culture: Western family systems model in a Eurasian country, by Turkdogan, T., Duru, E., & Balkis, M.

    5. Ecological Systems Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Applying the Ecological Systems Theory to Better Understand and Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, by Martinello, E.

    6. Conflict Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Parents' and children's power effectiveness during polyadic family conflict: Process and outcome, by Porta, S.D., Howe, N., & Persram, R.J.

    7. Social Exchange Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Together despite the odds: Explaining racial and ethnic heterogeneity in union dissolution after incarceration, by Widdowson, A. O., Jacobson, W.C., Winnick, S.E., & Warren, P.Y.

    8. Attachment Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Maternal and Paternal Attachment Style and Chaos as Risk Factors for Parenting Behavior, by Zaro, B., J., Lathren, C., Mills-Koonce, R.

    9. Feminist Family Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Chinese Immigrant Mothers Negotiating Family and Career: Intersectionality and the Role of Social Support, by Wing, V., Leung, Y., Zhu, Y., Peng, H., & Tsang, A.K.T.

    10. Biosocial Theory
    History
    Basic Assumptions
    Primary Terms and Concepts
    Career Application
    Common Areas of Research and Application
    Critique
    Application
    SAMPLE READING
    Do birds of a playful feather flock together? Playfulness and assertive mating by Chick, G., Proyer, R., Purrington, A., & Yarnel, C.

    Epilogue
    Index

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