Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity and Complexity

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Froma Walsh
Guilford Press, 2011 - Psychology - 592 pages
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Widely adopted, this valued course text and practitioner guide has expanded our understanding of the diversity and complexity of "normal" families today. Froma Walsh and her contributing authors are at the forefront of family systems research and clinical training. They describe the challenges facing contemporary families and ways in which clinicians can promote well-being and resilience. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect important research advances and the changing contexts of family life, the fourth edition covers new topics including evidence-based assessment, neurobiology, kinship care, and family rituals. The introductory section by Walsh surveys emerging trends in family life; critically examines views of family normality, health, and dysfunction; and provides a strengths-based framework for clinical practice. Subsequent sections present cutting-edge research on varied family structures and sociocultural and developmental contexts, highlighting implications for assessment and intervention. The book identifies processes that nurture and sustain strong bonds in couples; dual-earner, divorced, single-parent, and remarried families; gay and lesbian families; and adoptive and kinship care families. It discusses how families are influenced by social and economic constraints, changing gender norms, immigration experiences, and spirituality. It examines the multigenerational family life cycle and describes key family processes for coping and resilience, with attention to the normative strains of childrearing as well as major stressors such as trauma, loss, and chronic illness or disability. Rounding out the volume, the final section reviews the state of the science of family assessment and probes genetic and neurobiological interactions with family processes. Shifting the focus from how families fail to how they can succeed, this book is essential reading for therapists and counselors, as well as instructors and graduate students in family therapy, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, and related fields. It is a uniquely informative and authoritative text for graduate-level courses.

  

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the title is deceiving Unless the topic of counseling and family systems interests you, you would probably find reading this a waste of time. So, yeah, I liked it alright because I find family systems interesting Read full review

Review: Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity and Complexity

User Review  - Goodreads

the title is deceiving Unless the topic of counseling and family systems interests you, you would probably find reading this a waste of time. So, yeah, I liked it alright because I find family systems interesting Read full review

Contents

PART II VARYING FAMILY FORMS AND CHALLENGES
55
PART III CULTURAL DIMENSIONS IN FAMILY FUNCTIONING
247
PART IV DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON FAMILY FUNCTIONING
373
PART V ADVANCING FAMILY SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
499
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Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. Dr. Walsh is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has received many honors for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the field of family therapy, including awards from the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the Society for Pastoral Care Research. Widely published, she is a frequent speaker and international consultant on resilience-oriented professional training, practice, and research.

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