Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Handbook of Family Development and Intervention

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Handbook of Family Development and Intervention

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Handbook of Family Development and Intervention. William Nichols, Mary Anne Pace-Nichols, Dorothy Becvar, and Augustus Napier (Eds.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. 2000. 482 pp. ISBN 0-471-29967-7. $69.95 (cloth).

For years now, the family science theory courses in MFT curricula have been taught by faculty who had limited sensitivity to clinicians' needs or even an antipathy to clinical applications of human development and family theory. The absence of a suitable text with a goal to articulating "the knowledge and understanding of human behavior relative to family developments ... and translating it into information that is both meaningful and useful to clinicians," has been no small issue in the training of therapists. As a result, clinicians have not been as well grounded theoretically as they might have been had either MFTs taught those courses or if clinically relevant texts were available. It's about time someone published a family development theory text for couple and family therapists and family life educators!

Five parts organize the 22 chapters. The first on development theory is the most abstract. Here is where the family theory frameworks are presented albeit briefly. The developmental approach is the focus along with the life cycle constructs helpful to MFTs. Three chapters on the larger social context come next with discussion on gender roles, children and race, and socioeconomic status. …

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