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The international handbook of stepfamilies : policy and practice in legal, research, and clinical environments /
edited By Jan Pryor.
imprint
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2008.
description
xxv, 611 p.
ISBN
0470114584 (cloth), 9780470114582 (cloth)
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Book
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imprint
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2008.
isbn
0470114584 (cloth)
9780470114582 (cloth)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
6600974
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-10-01:
With 23 essays by more than 40 international field specialists, this is an essential reference to the multifaceted subject of stepfamilies and the challenges confronting them. Divided into four thematic segments, the essays are logically constructed and directly stated, illuminating the subject from a variety of international perspectives. The subjects covered include social and cultural contexts, family dynamics, external influences, and legal concerns. Easily understood data tables illustrate major concepts. Accessible to lay readers, the essays are both frank and engaging. Highly recommended for collections supporting domestic, social, and legal services, as well as clinical psychology. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-08-01:
This collection of articles is an excellent, timely resource on stepfamilies. The literature reviews and research papers are written by top scholars in the field and cover a variety of topics, from demographics, social and cultural contexts of stepfamilies, and patterns of interaction in and beyond stepfamily households, to legal and clinical issues. The different topics and perspectives should be of interest to a wide range of family scholars and practitioners working with families. In particular, the inclusion of clinical issues broadens the book's appeal. The book is international in scope. However, except for an article on Japan, the Western world is the scope of the international outlook, and especially in the latter sections of the book, the focus is on the US. The summary article by the editor is a well-written conclusion, but it misses the opportunity for a comparison of the institution of the stepfamily among different countries and cultures. A section on current theoretical debates would have rounded out this great resource. The articles are well written; the book is well organized. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Students, researchers, faculty, professionals. G. K. Hearn Idaho State University
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Review Quotes
"...is an important contribution to the literature about stepfamilies and is one of the few to take an international perspective. I enjoyed reading this book. Overall this is a volume that one should have on one's shelf. It provides a rich view of the research and scholarship on modern stepfamilies. The handbook clearly demonstrates why we need to continue to focus on this important family form, as stepfamilies will be with us in growing numbers over the next decades." (PsycCRITIQUES, 6/17/09)"This work looks at stepfamilies from many different perspectives. Each article is well written and heavily researched with current article citations. This allows one to find, in a convenient source, a wealth of information on stepfamilies that should generate questions for future research. This will be of interest to most libraries supporting studies in the family." (ARBAonline, August 2008)
"The different topics and perspecitives should be of interest to a wide range of family scholars and pracitioners working with families. In particular, the inclusion of clinical issues broadens the book's appeal. The book is international in scope.... The articles are well written; the book is well organized. Summing up: Highly recommended. Students, reseachers, faculty, professionals." ( Choice , August 2009) "...is an important contribution to the literature about stepfamilies and is one of the few to take an international perspective. I enjoyed reading this book. Overall this is a volume that one should have on one's shelf. It provides a rich view of the research and scholarship on modern stepfamilies. The handbook clearly demonstrates why we need to continue to focus on this important family form, as stepfamilies will be with us in growing numbers over the next decades." ( PsycCRITIQUES , 6/17/09) "This work looks at stepfamilies from many different perspectives. Each article is well written and heavily researched with current article citations. This allows one to find, in a convenient source, a wealth of information on stepfamilies that should generate questions for future research. This will be of interest to most libraries supporting studies in the family." ( ARBAonline , August 2008)
"The different topics and perspecitives should be of interest to a wide range of family scholars and pracitioners working with families. In particular, the inclusion of clinical issues broadens the book's appeal. The book is international in scope.... The articles are well written; the book is well organized. Summing up: Highly recommended. Students, reseachers, faculty, professionals." (Choice, August 2009)"...is an important contribution to the literature about stepfamilies and is one of the few to take an international perspective. I enjoyed reading this book. Overall this is a volume that one should have on one's shelf. It provides a rich view of the research and scholarship on modern stepfamilies. The handbook clearly demonstrates why we need to continue to focus on this important family form, as stepfamilies will be with us in growing numbers over the next decades." (PsycCRITIQUES, 6/17/09)"This work looks at stepfamilies from many different perspectives. Each article is well written and heavily researched with current article citations. This allows one to find, in a convenient source, a wealth of information on stepfamilies that should generate questions for future research. This will be of interest to most libraries supporting studies in the family." (ARBAonline, August 2008)
"This collection of articles is an excellent, timely resource on stepfamilies. The literature reviews and research papers are written by top scholars in the field and cover a variety of topics, from demographics, social and cultural contexts of stepfamilies, and patterns of interaction in and beyond stepfamily households, to legal and clinical issues." (Choice, August 2009)"...is an important contribution to the literature about stepfamilies and is one of the few to take an international perspective. I enjoyed reading this book. Overall this is a volume that one should have on one's shelf. It provides a rich view of the research and scholarship on modern stepfamilies. The handbook clearly demonstrates why we need to continue to focus on this important family form, as stepfamilies will be with us in growing numbers over the next decades." (PsycCRITIQUES, 6/17/09)"This work looks at stepfamilies from many different perspectives. Each article is well written and heavily researched with current article citations. This allows one to find, in a convenient source, a wealth of information on stepfamilies that should generate questions for future research. This will be of interest to most libraries supporting studies in the family." (ARBAonline, August 2008)
"This work looks at stepfamilies from many different perspectives. Each article is well written and heavily researched with current article citations. This allows one to find, in a convenient source, a wealth of information on stepfamilies that should generate questions for future research. This will be of interest to most libraries supporting studies in the family." (ARBAonline, August 2008)
" The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Environments , edited by Jan Pryor, is an important contribution to the literature about stepfamilies and is one of the few to take an international perspective. Much of the work in this area has been largely from the United States, and the importance of viewing these demographic changes from a global perspective is evident in the chapters.... overall this is a volume that one should have on one's shelf. It providesa rich view of the research and scholarship on modern stepfamilies." - James H. Bray , PhD, Assocaite Professor Baylor College of Medicine Texas, 2009 president of the American Psychological Association
"The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Environments, edited by Jan Pryor, is an important contribution to the literature about stepfamilies and is one of the few to take an international perspective. Much of the work in this area has been largely from the United States, and the importance of viewing these demographic changes from a global perspective is evident in the chapters.... overall this is a volume that one should have on one's shelf. It providesa rich view of the research and scholarship on modern stepfamilies." -James H. Bray, PhD, Assocaite Professor Baylor College of Medicine Texas, 2009 president of the American Psychological Association
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Library Journal, October 2008
Choice, August 2009
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
With contributors from around the globe, this collection of research, legal and clinical recommendations fills a growing demand as the number and complexity of re-formed families expand.
Main Description
The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Environments considers stepfamilies from an international context with information on contemporary research and its implications.
Main Description
Written by contributors from around the world, The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Environments is a collection of research, legal, and clinical recommendations that fills a growing need for complex, re-formed families. Using the information in this book, which includes contemporary research and its implications, you will be able to consider stepfamilies in an international context. Understand the issues that clinicians face when they work with stepfamilies, both before and after formation, and gain more knowledge about this topic as the rates of family reformation increase.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Preface
Contributors
Introduction
Acknowledgments
International, Demographic, And Cultural Contexts
The Demography of Stepfamilies in the United States
Stereotypes of Stepfamilies and Stepfamily Members
Stepfamilies in France Since the 1990s
The Social Context of Emerging Stepfamilies in Japan
Stepfathers in Cultural Context: Mexican American Families in the United States
Dynamics Within Stepfamily Households
Stepfathers in Families
Resident Mothers in Stepfamilies
Sibling Relationships in Blended Families
Resident Parent-Child Relationships in Stepfamilies
A Longitudinal Examination of Marital Processes Leading to Instability in Remarriages and Stepfamilies
Children's Appraisals of Relationships in Stepfamilies and First Families
The Distribution of Household Tasks in First-Marriage Families and Stepfamilies Across Europe
Communication in Stepfamilies
Influences And Relationships Beyond The Household
Kinship in Stepfamilies
Children's Relationships with Nonresident Parents
The Diversity of Stepmothers
Intergenerational Relationships in Stepfamilies
Clinical And Legal Issues
A Clinician's View of "Stepfamily Architecture"
Research on Interventions for Stepfamily Couples
The Prevention and Treatment of Children's Adjustment Problems in Stepfamilies
Legal Structures and Re-Formed Families
How Relevant Are U.S. Family and Probate Laws to Stepfamilies?
Where to from Here? Stepfamilies and the Future
Author Index
Subject Index
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