The expanded family life cycle: individual, family, and social perspectives

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Allyn and Bacon, 1999 - Political Science - 541 pages
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How does one define the concept of "family"? Is it primarily a biological link, or purely a social construction? Can it be a combination of both? Does it have to be? In this age of single parents, alternative lifestyles, and joint custody, "family" has become a fluid term which reflects a sweeping change in society -- from the rigid structure of the nuclear family to a more diverse and inclusive circle of people that one refers to as Ofamily.O In this revision of their classic work in family therapy issues and techniques, the authors propose Oa new and more comprehensive way to think about human development and the life cycle, O by widening the perspective of family therapy to include diversity of family forms and lifestyles, as well as cultural diversity. Their expanded view of family includes the impact and issues at multiple levels of the human system: the individual, family households, the extended family, the community, the cultural group, and the larger society. The new edition offers lively and dynamic writing, with contributed chapters by some of the best-known therapists and experts in family therapy. Some issues with expanded focus include race, class, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, spirituality, politics, work, time, community, values, and belief systems. Social workers, psychologists, nurses, and family therapists.

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This is essential reading for those wishing to think about and understand the complexity of individuals within their family, social and political contexts. It provides and alternative to individualised formulations of people, including the impacts of interrelationships of biology, society, history and development on their circumstances at any one point in time. 

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The Individual in the Family and in History
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Our Life Cycles Unfold in the Context of the Community
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Assessing Individual Development
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Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and diMonica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Parrector of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Mek, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapydical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, Sec, Third Edition, Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, Third Edition aond Edition, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, Third Edition and The Genogram Journey. nd The Genogram Journey.