Thomas R. Chibucos, Randall W. Leite with David L. Weis
Readings in Family Theory is an anthology of classic and contemporary articles that provides a context for student learning by demonstrating how theory fits into the overall process of scientific research on families. The book provokes student interest in theory by providing examples of the scholarly application of family theory to compare how people use similar processes in everyday life. Using this contextual orientation, the selected readings examine nine prevalent theoretical perspectives from both family and human development sciences. Editors Thomas R. Chibucos, Randall W. Leite, and David L. Weis offer brief descriptions of the basic concepts and historical roots of each theory along with examples of scholarship and research guided by each. The volume editors suggest that scientific progress will be enhanced to the degree that research and theory are more fully integrated into the family and human development sciences.
Key Features Volume editors provide an introduction to the reader and discuss what theory is and why it is important Nine theoretical perspectives are examined-family life course, life-span development, social learning, social exchange, social conflict, feminist, symbolic interactionist, family systems, and ecological Chapters include a brief description of the readings, issues for consideration, and a list of additional readings for further research The concluding chapter provides an overview of developments in family theory and thoughts on future directions Readings in Family Theory provides undergraduate and graduate students with an excellent introduction to family theory. It can be used as a stand-alone text or as a companion to any other family theory texts.
Preface Acknowledgments 1. Theory: What It Is and Why It Is Important Notable Differences Between Everyday Life and Family Research Example of Theory Building and the Research Process Defining Family? Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading 2. Family Life Course Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading Involuntary celibacy: A life course analysis - Donnelly, Burgess, Anderson, Davis, & Dillard, 2001 Life course transitions, the generational stake, and grandparent-grandchild relationships - Crosnoe & Elder, 2002 3. Life-Span Developmental Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading The influence of context, timing, and duration of riskpassage from childhood to midadulthood experiences for the - Schoon, Bynner, Joshi, Parsons, Wiggins, & Sacker (2002) Marital status continuity and change among young and midlife adults: Longitudinal effects on psychological well-being - Marks & Lambert, 1998 4. Social Learning Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading A social learning theory model of marital violence - Mihalic & Elliott, 1997 Intergenerational transmission of constructive parenting - Chen & Kaplan, 2001 5. Social Exchange Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading Costs and rewards of children: The effects of becoming a parent on adults' lives - Nomaguchi & Milkie, 2003 Equity and social exchange in dating couples: Associations with satisfaction, commitment, and stability - Sprecher, 2001 6. Social Conflict Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading A conflict theory of family violence - Witt, 1989 Status and income as gendered resources: The case of marital power - Tichenor, 1999 7. Feminist Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading Feminist visions for transforming families: Desire and now equality then and - Allen, 2001 Do gender roles matter? Family formulation and dissolution among traditional and egalitarian men and women - Kaufman, 2000 8. Symbolic Interactionism The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading The symbolic origins of conflict in divorce - Hopper, 2001 "They think you ain't much of nothing": Social construction of the welfare mother
"They think you ain't nothing": The social construction of the welfare
- Seccombe & Walters, 1998 9. Family Systems Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading Relations between identity formation and family characteristics of adults - Mullis, Brailsford, & Mullis, 2003 Structural family therapy - Vetere, 2001 10. Ecological Theory The Readings Issues for Your Consideration Further Reading Balancing employment and fatherhood: A systems perspective - Berry & Rao, 1997 The social ecology of marriage and other intimate unions Getting dinosaurs to dance: Community collaborations of theory - Perkins, Ferrari, Covey, & Keith, 1996 11. Discussion and Conclusions Overview of Developments in Family Theory Thoughts on Future Directions References Index About the Editors