This major work summarizes the recent research and findings on the interactions of pets and their owners and the social and emotional benefits that may be derived by families who have pets. Social and health scientists explore the pervasiveness of the animal/human bond and the high prevalence of pets in U.S. households, including pets and children, pets and the elderly, pets as factors of stability and instability in family relationships, and pets as therapy for ill, grieving, and disabled family members. With this carefully researched book, researchers and family health professionals can better understand the complexities of family/animal interaction and can pursue further study into this increasingly important subject in contemporary society.
In this unusual but exciting look at a complex topic, family scholars offer a vast array of insights into the multiple consequences, concerns, and characteristics of parenthood. The transition to parenthood--the most critical step in individual and family life cycles--is thoroughly examined from a social psychological perspective. Cultural and ethnic factors are considered as major influences in the transition to parenthood, as are changing patterns in the work force, the consequences of the gender revolution, and altered patterns of marriage and divorce--all of which have shattered the traditional ways of parenting. Family theorists, practitioners, and parents are strongly encouraged to further research and discuss the necessary elements and available options involved in facing the changes brought on by parenthood.
The first book of its kind, Homosexuality and Family Relations focuses on the effects of homosexuality and being homosexual on individuals in families and on the family as a group. Edited by Frederick W. Bozett, RN, DNS, and Marvin B. Sussman, PhD, this informative and enlightening volume examines the multiple varieties of family forms in which gay men and lesbians live, addresses the ramifications of homosexuality on family relationships, and explores the countless aspects of parenthood as they are experienced by gay men and lesbians, including adoption and foster care by lesbians and gay men, and the choice of increasing numbers of lesbians to bear children through artificial fertilization. Any professional who is interested in the family--educators, clinicians, academicians, researchers, and students, as well as others interested in families and in human sexuality and men’s and women’s studies--family science, gay studies, nursing, medicine, law, psychology, sociology, social work--will find this book useful, insightful, and unique.
The family and the law, with its attendant legal systems, share a pervasive connectedness. With this new volume, family practitioners and scholars can begin to increase the family?s position in relation to the law and legal system. The contributing authors bring to light the power of laws and the ways to influence them,for the benefit of the family.
Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy examines language use, laws, cultural stereotypes, media images, and social policies and practices to create an understanding of how predominant views about stepfamilies and stepfamily members are constructed within society. As the rates of divorce and remarriage continue to increase, it is more important than ever to overcome nuclear family ideology and abandon the model of research that compares stepfamilies with nonstepfamilies. This book shows you how honor and empowerment can be attained in new family structures and how alternative kin networks can be just as healthy as the traditional nuclear family unit. As this book examines the ability of ...
Do parents with adoptive children see themselves as similar to or different from nonadoptive parents? Is the stigma attached to adoption lessening? Does open communication about adoption contribute to the family's well-being? How successful are adoptive adults at putting their adolescent turmoil behind them? These and many other important and complex questions are addressed in Families and Adoption, an informative guidebook that shows you how adoption is both a condition and a lifelong process. Families and Adoption discusses legislation that can serve the needs of various members of the adoptive experience to deepen your understanding of the key legal issues associated with consent and open...
This special volume is devoted to the synthesis and review of theoretical and conceptual approaches associated with familial and non-familial connections across the life span. An important book as society “returns to the family,” it compares and contrasts different disciplinary perspectives associated with intergenerational relationships. Because intergenerational relationships have been the focus of research in many disciplines, various perspectives have emerged about kin and non-kin connections. Renewed interest in families and familial connections is due largely to events and situations occurring in complex, modernized societies which place the intergenerational nexus on center stage....
A unique resource for family therapists, Deviance and the Family is a comprehensive examination of the family and its role in the causes of delinquency. Leading experts in the fields of criminal justice, sociology, and family services report pertinent data and review studies in an attempt to explain the causes of deviance as well as the role of the family in the deviance and criminal activities of its members. The controversial debate over violence in the family rages on in this book as experts attempt to answer the question of whether family violence/neglect are associated with a child s delinquency. Important discussions of juvenile prostitution and adolescent suicide deserve careful reading by all professionals who work with youth and families."
How fat must one be to be considered obese? Why do fat parents tend to have have fat children, whether they are biologically related or not? How does one's social situation affect one's body weight? Why is fatness prevalent among the poor in westernized countries? This thoroughly fascinating volume explores the phenomenon of obesity, a condition common to nearly 15 percent of all Americans. Experts offer unique sociological insights into the relationship between obesity and the family. They share the most current information available on the social causes, correlates, and consequences of being, becoming, and losing fat. Obesity and the Family also explores dieting as a social process, the stigma of obesity in Western culture, the interactional problems of overweight adolescents, the effects of socioeconomic status on body weight, the influence of marriage on obesity, and much more.
Alternatives to Traditional Family Living is an open-minded and honest assessment of “new” family forms that deviate from the traditional nuclear family. Sociologists explore the recent changes in economic climate, social conditions, and values that necessitate and/or support these alternative family forms. They review the issues and problems associated with family forms that have increased in the last decade--single parents, the voluntarily childless, and commuter families. Other chapters on the kibbutz and foster families are enlightening and provocative. Throughout this insightful volume runs an affirmation of the viability of family in its many alternative variations.