Handbook of Families and Health
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Handbook of Families and Health

Interdisciplinary Perspectives


© 2005 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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"The list of authors is impressive. Several are widely published and well known over time in the interdisciplinary field of family studies. They represent many of the disciplines whose work comes together in this field."
                 —Barbara B. Germino, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"First, there is a need for a book like this, one that pulls together recent work on families and health. Second, the chapters are written by some of the best people in the field. . . the coverage is comprehensive and should appeal to a number of different audiences. . . Russ Crane is experienced in this area and a reliable and established scholar. . . . In sum, it is a fine contribution."
                 —William Doherty, University of Minnesota, Past-President National Council on Family Relations

Handbook of Families and Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives presents state-of-the-art summaries of research related to couple, marital, and family influences on health. Editors D. Russell Crane and Elaine S. Marshall, along with a distinguished group of contributors across various disciplines, bring complementary perspectives to a wide range of families and health issues. A major goal of this Handbook is to highlight common issues, concerns, and goals across diverse fields and the benefits of bringing multiple perspectives to these issues. A significant portion of the book is devoted to interventions to improve family health.

Key Features: 

- Includes contributions from authors that are respected experts from a broad range of disciplines including family studies, marriage and family therapy, nursing and family medicine, gerontology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, social work, and public policy to provide readers with multiple perspectives

- Covers a number of important health issues, including cancer, eating disorders, mental illness, the influence of close relationships on health, and how families cope with chronic illness, caregiving, and end-of-life care and bereavement to address the most significant health issues affecting families

- Devotes special attention to Latino and African American health, childhood poverty, genetically transmitted diseases, infertility, and parental HIV/AIDS to offer insight on how these issues are particularly vital in today's world

- Presents a discussion on "agent-based modeling" to provide readers with a dynamic methodology that will become a significant model in the study of families and close relationships

The Handbook is designed for scholars, graduate students, and practitioners in the field of families and health. It is a cross-disciplinary resource for a variety of programs and departments, including Family Studies, Nursing, Health Psychology, and Public Policy.
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART I. FAMILY AND HEALTH ISSUES
Karen Weihs & Mary Politi
1. Family Development in the Face of Cancer
Timothy W. Smith & Kelly M. Glazer
2. Hostility, Marriage and the Heart: The Social Psychophysiology of Cardiovascular Risk in Close Relationships
Barbara A. Zsembik
3. Health Issues in Latino Families and Households
Janet A. Deatrick, Melissa A. Alderfer, George Knafl, & Kathleen Knafl
4. Identifying Patterns of Managing Chronic Conditions: Family Management Styles
Sharon Wallace Williams & Peggye Dilworth-Anderson
5. Chronic Disease and African American Families
Lynn Clark Callister
6. The Pain and the Promise of Unfilled Dreams: Infertile Couples
Margo D. Maine
7. Eating Disorders and the Family: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Kim T. Mueser
8. Families and Major Mental Illness
Arlene L. Vetere & Lynn B Myers
9. Families, Coping Styles and Health
Ronald J. Angel & Jacqueline L. Angel
10. Families, Poverty, and Children’s Health
Debra A. Murphy, William D. Marelich, Dannie Hoffman & Mark A. Schuster
11 Parental HIV/AIDS: An Empirical Model of the Impact on Children in the United States
Marcia Van Riper & Agatha M. Gallo
12. Families, Health, and Genomics
PART II. ISSUES OF AGING AND CAREGIVING
Tom Finucane
13. Treatment Decisions when Death is Near: The Family’s Role
Robert J. Parsons
14. Assessing Eldercare Needs: An Application of Marketing Orientation within the Nonprofit Sector
Beth Vaughn Cole
15. Death, Grief, and Bereavement in Families
PART III. ISSUES FOR POLICY AND RESEARCH
Sven E. Wilson
16. Family Centered Health Policy Analysis
William A. Griffin
17. Using agent-based modeling to simulate the influence of family level of stress on disease progression
Geraldine Mineau, Ken R. Smith & Lee L. Bean
18. Historical Demography of Families and Health: Case Examples
V. Jeffery Evans
19. Study of Family Health and the NIH: The Search for Research Support
John S.W. Carpenter
20. Developing Partnerships in Commissioned Research: A Perspective from England
Harvey Hillin
21. Swirling Waters: History and Current Choices for Families to Navigate Health Care Financing
PART IV. INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE FAMILY HEALTH
Thomas L. Campbell
22. Improving Health Through Family Interventions
Susan H. McDaniel
23. Does DNA Determine Destiny? A Role for Medical Family Therapy with Genetic Screening/Testing for Breast Cancer and other Genetic Illnesses
Jonathan G. Sandberg
24. Interventions with Family Caregivers
Barbara J. Dale & Jenny Altschuler
25. Facing what Can and Cannot be Said: Working with Families, Parents and Couples when a Parent has a Serious Illness
William J. Sieber, Todd M. Edwards, Gene A. Kallenberg & JoEllen Patterson
26. Maximizing Patients’ Health Through Engagement with Families
Marion E. Broome & Wilma Powell Stuart
27. Interventions with Families of an Acutely or Critically Ill Child
End Note: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Families and Health
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors

"...Though primarily intended as a source and a review of the literature for scholars and investigators...it has much to offer clinicians. It should be of particular value to those who work in the areas of chronic medical illness and mental disorders, death and dying, and health care of minority groups and underserved populations... In summary, this is one of the better works in a long line of scholarly compendiums of research and reviews on the relationship among families, health, and health care. The book moves the field along for investigators and policymakers and is of reasonable interest to clinicians."

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
University of Michigan
NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

"Crane and Marshall have edited a rich text of chapters. Geared toward students, researchers, and practitioners from different health-related disciplines, the text brings attention to an understudied and at times undervalued component of healthcare-the family. Major strengths of this book include the range of issues covered, a highly readable writing style (which is often hard to achieve in an edited text), wide representation of different disciplines, and a strong focus on the family as the unit of care. The editing is so skillful that readers will value it as a resource and may find themselves asking at the end, "When it the next edition coming out and how can I get my work included?"

Jennifer Hodgson
East Caroline University
Key features
  • Contributing authors are respected experts from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives: family studies, marriage and family therapy, nursing and family medicine, gerontology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, social work, and public policy.
  • The two volume editors (one a family studies/family therapy scholar and the other a nurse) brought complimentary perspectives to the project.
  • Chapters cover a number of important health issues, including cancer, eating disorders, mental illness, the influence of close relationships on health and how families cope with chronic illness, caregiving, and end-of-life care and bereavement.
  • Special attention is devoted to Latino and African American health, childhood poverty, genetically transmitted diseases, infertility, and parental HIV/AIDS. 
  • The book opens with a general introduction and closes with an epilogue to assist readers in pulling together common themes and messages.
  • Individual chapters end with a summary and list of references.

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