Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Cognitive Coping, Families & Disability Edited by Ann P. Turnbull, Joan M. Patterson, Shirley K. Behr, Douglas L. Murphy, Janet G. Marquis and Martha J. Blue-Banning

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Cognitive Coping, Families & Disability Edited by Ann P. Turnbull, Joan M. Patterson, Shirley K. Behr, Douglas L. Murphy, Janet G. Marquis and Martha J. Blue-Banning

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Cognitive Coping, Families & Disability. Ann P. Turnbull, Joan M. Patterson, Shirley K. Behr, Douglas L. Murphy, Janet G. Marquis, & Martha J. Blue-Banning (Eds.). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. 1993. 304 pp. ISBN 1-55766-114-6. $28 paper.

A "big tent" political strategy uses inclusiveness to achieve greater electoral power. This book employs a kind of "big tent" approach towards disability to achieve increased family empowerment. Here, beneath a wide canopy, are gathered a broad range of stakeholders: researchers, theorists, service providers, advocates, and caregiving parents. They speak in a variety of tones and from contrasting perspectives. But they're rallying around the same campaign theme--combining their diverse know-how to find better cognitive coping means for families with a disabled member.

The book derives from a 1991 conference on Cognitive Coping in Families Who Have a Member With a Developmental Disability, co-sponsored by the Beach Center on Families and Disability at the University of Kansas and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness at the University of Minnesota. Participants were asked to submit essays describing their past and current experiences using cognitive coping strategies, and suggestions for future research. Their submissions, edited and collected here, make for an impressive compilation along several lines. The chapters by theorists/researchers are pithy summaries of some of the best work in the disability and family stress fields. Aaron Antonovsky, Hamilton McCubbin, and Pauline Boss weigh in with concise "greatest hits" renditions of their key concepts geared towards the needs of the developmentally disabled. The chapters by researchers/service providers--such as those by George Singer describing the programs of the Hood Center for Family Support in New Hampshire and Florene Stewart Poyadue relating the working of the national peer support network, Parents Helping Parents--supply numerous pragmatic ideas for assisting families. …

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