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Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research



February 2006 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with National Council on Family Relations

Now available in paperback for classroom use!

"This comprehensive text provides a rich source of perspectives on theorising about the family for scholars, researchers, and students. Another of the book's strengths is the emphasis on multimethod approaches in family research. The book covers an impressive range of topics and issues - marital happiness, adjustment of children in divorce marriages, gay marriage, sibling ties, ethnic families of colour, stepfamilies, aggression culture, work and family, religion, and social policy, to name a few. In summary, this superb volume is highly recommended and amply reflects the many contemporary perspectives on the family." —Philip Siebler, Monash University, Victoria

Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research.

The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in "doing" theory rather than simply reading about it.

An accompanying website, http://www.ncfr.org/sourcebookoffers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science. Editors Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and David M. Klein have brought together a prominent group of diverse contributors ranging in race and ethnicity, age and seniority, and gender and sexual orientation.

The Sourcebook begins with a section that sets the context for future family research. The subsequent sections explore changing family patterns, changing family interactions within and across generations, and families and larger social forces. A concluding section discusses issues of teaching family theories and research.

Key Features
  • Focuses on the process rather than the outcomes of family theory and research methods
  • Emphasizes the value of multi-methods approaches in family research by integrating theory development with the development of research methods
  • Differs from many other publications on family research by describing the development of new ideas rather than just summarizing existing findings
  • The interactive Web site and the special feature boxes within the chapters engage readers with theory and methodology. Boxed features include Case Studies, Spotlights on Theory, Spotlights on Methods, and a Discussion and Extension sections.
  • Represents a "Who's Who" of family researchers with contributions from many of the best researchers in the family realm

The Sourcebook will be an excellent addition to any academic library. It is an authoritative reference for scholars and researchers in Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology. In addition, the Sourcebook can also be used in graduate courses on family theory and methodology.
Pauline Boss
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Part I: Setting the Context for Future Family Research
Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and David M. Klein
Chapter 1. Theory and Theorizing in Family Research
Spotlight on Theory: Applying Kuhn's "Scientific Structure of Revolutions" to Family Science Peggye Dilworth-Anderson
Spotlight on Methods: The Cyclical Process of Theory and Data in Science David M. Klein
Case Study: The Use of Explicit Theory in Family Research: A Case Analysis of the Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1990-1999 Alan C. Taylor and Aparna Bagdi
Case Study: A Scientific Theory of the Family? Jonathan H. Turner
Discussion and Extension: Theorizing Family: From the Particular to the General David Cheal
Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Linda M. Burton, and David M. Klein
Chapter 2. Contemporary and Emerging Theories in Studying Families
Spotlight on Theory: Application of Pepper's World Hypotheses to Family Theories Hilary A. Rose
Spotlight on Theory: In Search of a Philosophical Foundation for Family Theory and Therapy Norbert A. Wetzel
Case Study: Agony or Ecstasy? Evolving Theory and Methods of the Circumplex Model Judy Watson Tiesel and Dean Gorall
Case Study: On the Use of Probability in Family Theory Jetse Sprey
Alan C. Acock, Manfred H. M. van Dulmen, Katherine R. Allen, and Fred P. Piercy
Chapter 3. Contemporary and Emerging Research Methods in Studying Families
Spotlight on Methods: Asking New Questions of Existing Qualitative Data M. Elise Radina and Kimberly J. M. Downs
Case Study: Mixed Methods: Meaning and Validity in the Development of Self-Report Items for Children Michael E. Woolley, Natasha K. Bowen, and Gary L. Bowen
Case Study: Analyzing Family Interaction Patterns From Videotapes Over Time Kurt Kreppner
Discussion and Extension: Deductive Qualitative Analysis and Family Theory Building Jane F. Gilgun
 
Part II: Changing Family Patterns
Suzanne M. Bianchi and Lynne M. Casper
Chapter 4. Explanations of Family Change: A Family Demographic Perspective
Spotlight on Theory: The New Demographics of Families Farrell J. Webb
Spotlight on Methods: Does Marriage Make People Happier? Marriage, Cohabitation, and Trajectories in Well-Being Kelly Musick
Case Study: Strengths and Resilience in Chinese Immigrant Families: An Initial Effort of Inquiry Yan Ruth Xia, Zhi George Zhou, and Xiaolin Xie
Discussion and Extension: Family Change: Decline or Resilience? Paul R. Amato
David H. Demo, William S. Aquilino, and Mark A. Fine
Chapter 5. Family Composition and Family Transitions
Spotlight on Theory: Family Disruption--Chaos Versus Havoc: A Chaos Theory (Dynamical Systems) View of Family Structure and Change Rory Remer
Spotlight on Methods: Causal Analysis of Family Structure Effects Tami M. Videon
Case Study: Predicting Marital Success or Failure: Burgess and Beyond Ione Y. DeOllos
Discussion and Extension: The Adjustment of Children in Divorced and Remarried Families E. Mavis Hetherington
Ramona Faith Oswald, Libby Balter Blume, and Stephen R. Marks
Chapter 6. Decentering Heteronormativity: A Model for Family Studies
Case Study: Backward Socialization and Gay Identity Negotiation in Families Bertram J. Cohler
Case Study: Gay Marriage and Social Science Timothy J. Biblarz and Judith Stacey
Discussion and Extension: Reflections on Queer Theory and Family Science Lawrence A. Kurdek
Chapter 7. Theorizing and Studying Sibling Ties in Adulthood Alexis J. Walker, Katherine R. Allen, and Ingrid Arnet Connidis
Spotlight on Theory: Theorizing About Sibling Relationships When Parents Become Frail Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford
Spotlight on Methods: Twin Studies and Dementia Keith E. Whitfield
Case Study: Reaching Beyond the Dyad: Research on Adult Siblings Sarah H. Matthews
Discussion and Extension: Sibling Relationships in Childhood: Implications for Life-Course Study Susan M. McHale and Ann C. Crouter
Harriette Pipes McAdoo, Estella A. Martínez, and Hester Hughes
Chapter 8. Ecological Changes in Ethnic Families of Color
Spotlight on Theory: Empirical Reality and Vision: Studying People of Color Tammy L. Henderson
Spotlight on Methods: Methodological Considerations in the Study of Families of Color Masako Ishii-Kuntz
Case Study: Black-White Interracial Marriage and Multiracial Families Erica Chito Childs
Discussion and Extension: The Demographics of the 21st-Century Family: Examining Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Within Geographic and Generational Context Ana Mari Cauce
Margaret Crosbie-Burnett, Edith A. Lewis, Summer Sullivan, Jessica Podolsky, Rosane Mantilla de Souza, and Victoria Mitrani
Chapter 9. Advancing Theory Through Research: The Case of Extrusion in Stepfamilies
Spotlight on Theory: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy With Stepfamilies James L. Furrow, Brent Bradley, and Susan M. Johnson
Spotlight on Methods: Exploring the Diversity of Stepfamily Relationships Maria Schmeeckle
Case Study: Identity Enactment and Verification in Gay and Lesbian Stepfamilies Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Kari Henley, and Kay Pasley
Discussion and Extension: Leaving Whose Home? When Stepchildren Leave Is it Always Extrusion? Lawrence H. Ganong and Marilyn Coleman
 
Part III: Changing Family Interactions Within and Across Generations
Kerry J. Daly and John Beaton
Chapter 10. Through the Lens of Time: How Families Live in and Through Time
Spotlight on Theory: Family in and Beyond Time Andrew J. Weigert
Spotlight on Methods: The Experience Sampling Method Jennifer A. Schmidt
Case Study: Viewing Time Through the Eyes of Overscheduled Children and Their Underconnected Families Yvette V. Perry and William J. Doherty
Discussion and Extension: Time and Time Again: A Critical Look at Order in Family Life Barbara H. Fiese
Jason S. Carroll, Stan J. Knapp, and Thomas B. Holman
Chapter 11. Theorizing About Marriage
Spotlight on Theory: Theory-Driven Couple Evaluation Luciano L'Abate
Spotlight on Methods: Studying Marriages Longitudinally Frank D. Fincham and Thomas N. Bradbury
Case Study: Cultural Narratives and Individual Experiences in Relationships Richard Bulcroft, Linda Smeins, and Kris Bulcroft
Case Study: Couples Under Stress: Studying Change in Dyadic Closeness and Distance Yoav Lavee
Discussion and Extension: Theorizing the Particulars of Marriage Bert N. Adams
Aline G. Sayer and Mary Maguire Klute
Chapter 12. Analyzing Couples and Families: Multilevel Methods
Spotlight on Theory: Personality and Family Process James E. Deal, Charles F. Halverson, Jr., and Valerie Havill
Spotlight on Theory: Families in Community Contexts Jay A. Mancini, Gary L. Bowen, and James A. Martin
Discussion and Extension: A Comment on the Use of Multilevel Methods in Family Research James M. White and Jay D. Teachman
Loreen N. Olson, Mark A. Fine, and Sally A. Lloyd
Chapter 13. Theorizing About Aggression Between Intimates: A Dialectical Approach
Spotlight on Theory: Family Resilience Charles H. Huber
Spotlight on Methods: Holding Multiple Theories in Our Hands: Advanced Dialectical Research Methods Deborah A. Davis and Edward Read Barton
Case Study: An Ecological Perspective on an Intergenerational Family Problem Lawrence B. Schiamberg and Daphna Gans
Discussion and Extension: The Challenges and Promise of a Dialectical Approach to Theorizing About Intimate Violence Claire M. Renzetti
Randal D. Day, Charlie Lewis, Margaret O'Brien, and Michael E. Lamb
Chapter 14. Fatherhood and Father Involvement: Emerging Constructs and Theoretical Orientations
Case Study: Incarceration and Reentry of Fathers Into the Lives of Their Families Joyce A. Arditti, Alan C. Acock, and Randal D. Day
Case Study: The Unanticipated Consequences of Promoting Father Involvement: A Feminist Perspective Yoshie Sano
Discussion and Extension: Fathers, Fatherhood, and Families: (Re)Casting Issues of Diversity Into Forming and Re-forming Conceptualizations Vivian L. Gadsden and R. Karl Rethemeyer
Martin Pinquart and Rainer K. Silbereisen
Chapter 15. Influences of Parents and Siblings on the Development of Children and Adolescents
Spotlight on Theory: Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory Ronald P. Rohner
Spotlight on Methods: Observational Methods for Studying Families Lorraine C. Taylor and Melissa A. Barnett
Case Study: Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Integrating Attachment and Bowenian Family Systems Theories Mark K. Benson
Discussion and Extension: The Role of Families in Developmental Continuity and Change During Adolescence Jennifer L. Matjasko and Katherine A. Paz
Ruth Katz, Ariela Lowenstein, Judith Phillips, and Svein Olav Daatland
Chapter 16. Theorizing Intergenerational Family Relations: Solidarity, Conflict, and Ambivalence in Cross-National Contexts
Spotlight on Methods: Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Intergenerational Relations Gay Becker
Case Study: Testing Theories About Intergenerational Exchanges Merril Silverstein
Case Study: Recent Shifts in Family Support for Older People in Ghana Isabella Aboderin
Discussion and Extension: Theorizing Intergenerational Relations Across Societies G. Clare Wenger
 
Part IV: Families and Larger Social Forces
Ralph LaRossa, Wendy Simonds, and Donald C. Reitzes
Chapter 17. Culture, Cognition, and Parenthood
Spotlight on Theory: The Evolution of Parenting David C. Bell
Spotlight on Methods: Studying Foster and Adoptive Parent-Child Relationships Katharine P. Leslie
Case Study: River of Grief: Hearing Parents and Siblings Following Child Death Colleen I. Murray and Kathleen R. Gilbert
Discussion and Extension: Parenthood, Parenting, and Marital Interactions Debra Umberson and Belinda L. Needham
Lee Ann De Reus, April L. Few, and Libby Balter Blume
Chapter 18. Multicultural and Critical Race Feminisms: Theorizing Families in the Third Wave
Spotlight on Theory: Veiled Heads: A Middle Eastern Feminist Perspective Manijeh Daneshpour
Spotlight on Methods: Kentucky Homeless Mothers Joanna M. Badagliacco
Case Study: Challenges Faced by Nonelite Women in Higher Education Norma Burgess
Discussion and Extension: Integrating Youth Into Our Feminist Theory, Research, and Practice Kristine M. Baber
Robert Flynn Corwyn and Robert H. Bradley
Chapter 19. Socioeconomic Status and Childhood Externalizing Behaviors: A Structural Equation Framework
Case Study: Multisite, Mixed-Methods Study of Rural Low-Income Families Bonnie Braun and Elaine A. Anderson
Discussion and Extension: Promoting Positive Youth Development Across Variations in Socioeconomic Status: Framing the Structural Equation Modeling Approach Within a Developmental Systems Perspective Christina Theokas and Richard M. Lerner
Shelley M. MacDermid, Kevin Roy, and Anisa M. Zvonkovic
Chapter 20. Don't Stop at the Borders: Theorizing Beyond Dichotomies of Work and Family
Spotlight on Theory: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Work-Family Conflict Josip Obradovic and Mira Cudina
Spotlight on Methods: Methodological Challenges in Theorizing the Work-Family Complex Suraj Commuri
Case Study:The Interface of Elder Caregiving and Paid Employment Judy L. Singleton
Discussion and Extension: Suggestions for a Multilevel Reframing of Work-Family Theory Joseph G. Grzywacz, Angela J. Hattery, and Patricia Voydanoff
Linda M. Chatters and Robert Joseph Taylor
Chapter 21. Religion and Families
Spotlight on Theory: "Good Enough" Theorizing About Families, Spirituality, and Religion: Facing Our Own Fundamentalism Carla M. Dahl
Spotlight on Methods: Measurement Issues in the Study of Religion and Spirituality Jacqueline S. Mattis
Case Study: Links Between Families and Religion Don Swenson, Jerry G. Pankhurst, and Sharon K. Houseknecht
Discussion and Extension: How Highly Religious Families Strive to Fulfill Sacred Purposes David C. Dollahite and Loren D. Marks
Phyllis Moen and Scott Coltrane
Chapter 22. Families, Theories, and Social Policy
Spotlight on Theory: Families and Policy: Health Issues of Older Women Karen A. Roberto
Spotlight on Methods: Investigating Child Abuse Investigations Jennifer A. Reich
Case Study: Theoretical Threads Weave the Foundation for Family Policy Research Lydia Blalock, Pamela A. Monroe, and M. E. Betsy Garrison
Discussion and Extension: Thoughts on Families and Public Policy as Viewed by Phyllis Moen and Scott Coltrane Joan Aldous
 
Part V: Preparing the Next Generation of Family Scholars
Velma McBride Murry, Paul C. Rosenblatt, and Elizabeth Wieling
23. College Professors' Conversations About Teaching Family Theories
Spotlight on Theory: Walking the Walk: Teaching Systems Theory by Doing Theory Gail G. Whitchurch
Spotlight on Theory: Human Ecology Theory for the 21st Century Lillian A. Phenice and Robert J. Griffore
Spotlight on Theory: Teaching Theory 101A Denise Berg
Spotlight on Methods: Linking Theory, Methods, Community Wisdom, and Local Need James M. Frabutt
Case Study: A Family With Gender Inequality: Theory in Clinical Teaching Thomas W. Blume and Charles Lee Cole
Constance L. Shehan and Theodore N. Greenstein
Chapter 24. Teaching Methods of Family Research
Spotlight on Methods: Making Statistics Come Alive Walter R. Schumm
Spotlight on Methods: Developing Professional Skills in Methods: Writing Grant Proposals Chalandra M. Bryant
Case Study: Getting to the Bottom of the Spanking Debate: Bringing in the Ethics of Research Robyn L. Mowery and Lynda H. Walters
Vern L. Bengtson, Katherine R. Allen, David M. Klein, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and Alan C. Acock
Chapter 25. Controversies and Firestorms: An Epilogue
Spotlight on Methods: Are You a "Positivist"? An Epistemological Self-Assessment David M. Klein
Spotlight on Theory: Where Does Queer Theory Take Us? Stan J. Knapp and Camille S. Williams
Spotlight on Theory: Pushing the Boundaries of the Sourcebook Katherine R. Allen
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Editors

"This comprehensive text provides a rich source of perspectives on theorising about the family for scholars, researchers, and students.  Another of the book's strengths is the emphasis on multimethod approaches in family research.  The book covers an impressive range of topics and issues - marital happiness, adjustment of children in divorce marriages, gay marriage, sibling ties, ethnic families of colour, stepfamilies, aggression culture, work and family, religion, and social policy, to name a few.  In summary, this superb volume is highly recommended and amply reflects the many contemporary perspectives on the family." —Philip Siebler, Monash University, Victoria

Philip Siebler
Monash University, Victoria
Journal of Family Studies

"The Sourcebook of Family Theory & Research provides an abundance of information relevant for training and educating couple and family counselors."

Aaron H. Oberman
The Citadel
The Family Journal

I am going to use this book for my family theories course.

Dr Hyun-Joo Jeon
COE/HDFS, University Of Nevada-Reno
September 3, 2014

Excellent book!! LOVE it.

Professor Carol Bruess
Communications Dept, University Of St Thomas
March 3, 2014
Key features
  • Many of the best of family researchers summarize the best of current theory and methodology in the family realm. The volume editors and authorship represent a "who's who" of family researchers.
  • An interactive approach engages readers with theory and methodology. Contributing authors were asked to use a "puzzle-solving" theme in each chapter, presenting a problem of importance to families in today's world and then exploring what theories can prove useful in understanding the problem and what research methods are most appropriate for exploring it.
  • The interactive approach is further heightened by a web site maintained and monitored by NCFR (and linked to the publisher's web site) where interactions between readers and contributing authors are encouraged.
  • Each chapter includes several special feature boxes that include Case Studies, Spotlights on Theory, Spotlights on Methods, and a Discussion and Extension that reflects upon issues raised in the chapter.  Each is by a different contributing author, expanding the perspectives and viewpoints offered within the Sourcebook.

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