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Family Theories
An Introduction

Fourth Edition


© 2015 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Fourth Edition of James M. White, David M. Klein, and Todd F. Martin’s best-selling Family Theories: An Introduction offers a thorough and accessible approach to the most current perspectives in family theory. Rich in detail yet exceptionally concise, the text's analytical structure draws from such major theoretical frameworks as social exchange and choice, symbolic-interaction, family life course development, systems, conflict, feminism, and ecology to explain variation in families. Thoroughly updated, this new edition helps readers connect theory to everyday life.
 
1. What Is a Theory?
 
2. Theoretical Assumptions
 
3. The Rational Choice and Social Exchange Framework
 
4. The Symbolic Interaction Framework
 
5. The Family Life Course Development Framework
 
6. The Systems Framework
 
7. The Conflict Framework
 
8. The Feminist Framework
 
9. The Ecological Framework
 
10. Theorizing About Families
 
11. Epilogue

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

This is absolutely perfect! I not only teach but design all our school's social science and theology courses in our online division. The text, the companion website, all help me to provide ease of design as well as resources for students and assessments. Thank you for letting me review this. Sage Pubs has been a favorite of mine for year.
Barry Davis

Mr Barry Davis
Arts Humanities Dept, Tri-State Bible College
May 1, 2015

Perfect for introducing students to theories in family studies. The vignettes before each chapter really helped the students learn how to apply he theory being studied.

Dr Kimmery Newsom
Sch Of Family Stds Human Svcs, Kansas State University
December 31, 2014

Very relevant to course content.

Mr Andrew Hicks
Faculty of Social Sciences/Department of Sociology, University of Guyana
September 8, 2014
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Updated critical thinking cases and questions
  • An all new applied section for programs such as social work and nursing
  • More evaluation of evidence based theories

KEY FEATURES:

  • Brief fictional vignettes introduce each theoretical framework, concretely illustrating for students how the theory relates to very real aspects of family life.
  • All chapters follow a uniform format that allows students to more easily compare and contrast theories.
  • Each chapter includes a typology for analyzing and comparing the seven frameworks while providing direction for future theory development.
  • Chapters end with conclusions and suggested readings.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 3


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