Family Relations

Family Relations is a journal for family practitioners and academics on relationships across the life cycle with implications for intervention, education and public policy. It is published five times a year by the National Council on Family Relations. Editorial headquarters are in Blacksburg, Va. It has been in publication since 1951. Subjects covered include sociology, marriage and family.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 3, July

An Evaluation of a Newsletter Intervention for Divorced Mothers
Separation and divorce have become normative life events for many families in the United States. Despite some recent indications that the rate of divorce may be leveling off, Martin and Bumpass (1989) estimated that about two thirds of all first marriages...
Black Adolescent Females: A Comparison of Early versus Late Coital Initiators
Practitioners, researchers, educators, and policymakers continue to express concern about the increasing number of adolescents who are becoming sexually active. This issue is important because of the established association between early coital experiences...
Book Reviews -- Children's Stress and Coping: A Family Perspective by Elaine Shaw Sorenson
Sorenson, Elaine Shaw. (1993). Children's Stress and Coping: A Family Perspective. New York: Guilford. 192 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-89862-084.8, price $19.95.There is increasing recognition that stressors and coping responses can be predictive of health...
Book Reviews -- Family-Based Services: A Solution-Focused Approach by Insoo Kim Berg
Berg, Insoo Kim. (1994). Family-Based Services: A Solution-Focused Approach. New York: Norton. 226 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0.393-70162.X, price $23.00.This book, written for therapists, child protective workers, and others who provide family-based services...
Book Reviews -- Family Therapy: Fundamentals of Theory and Practice (Volume 1) by William A. Griffin
Griffin, William A. (1993). Family Therapy: Fundamentals of Theory and Practice. New York: Brunner/Mazel. 187 pp. Paper ISBN 0-87630-719-5, price $18.95.This is the first volume in a "how to" series. The book is written for the beginning family therapist....
Book Reviews -- Handbook of Family Life Education (Vol. 1) Edited by Margaret E. Arcus, Jay D. Schvaneveldt and J. Joel Moss / Handbook of Family Life Education (Vol. 2) Edited by Margaret E. Arcus, Jay D. Schvaneveldt and J. Joel Moss
Arcus, Margaret E., Schvaneveldt, Jay D., and Moss, J. Joel. (Eds.). (1993). Handbook of Family Life Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Vol. 1: Foundations of Family Life Education. 286 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8033-4294-X, price $39.95; Vol. 2: The Practice...
Book Reviews -- Helping Bereaved Children: A Handbook for Practitioners Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb
Webb, Nancy Boyd (Ed.). (1993). Helping Bereaved Children: A Handbook for Practitioners. New York: Guilford. 304 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-89862-130-5, price $30.00.This book provides both "the theoretical principles that guide intervention with bereaved...
Book Reviews -- Implementing Early Intervention: From Research to Effective Practice Edited by D. M. Bryant and M. A. Graham
Bryant, D. M., and Graham, M. A. (Eds.). (1993). Implementing Early Intervention: From Research to Effective Practice New York: Guilford. 358 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-89862-247-6, price $35.00.The Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part H) of...
Book Reviews -- Measurement of Love and Intimate Relations: Theories, Scales, and Applications for Love Development, Maintenance, and Dissolution by O. C. S. Tzeng
Tzeng, O. C. S. (1993). Measurement of Love and Intimate Relations: Theories, Scales, and Applications for Love Development, Maintenance, and Dissolution. Westport, CT: Praeger. 299 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-275-94273-2, price $65.00.This book on the measurement...
Book Reviews -- Preventing Prejudice: A Guide for Counselors and Educators (Multicultural Aspects of Counseling Series: Volume 2) by Joseph G. Ponterotto and Paul B. Pederson
Ponterotto, Joseph G., and Pederson, Paul B. (1993). Preventing Prejudice: A Guide for Counselors and Educators. (Multicultural Aspects of Counseling Series: Volume 2). Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 238 pp. Cloth ISBN 8033-5284-8, price $29.95; paper ISBN...
Book Reviews -- the Moral Dimensions of Marriage and Family Therapy by August G. Lageman
Lageman, August G. (1993). The Moral Dimensions of Marriage and Family Therapy. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. 138 pp. Paper ISBN 0-8191-8965-0, price $39.50.This little volume is the most conceptually sophisticated book yet published on moral...
Book Reviews -- Therapy with Treatment Resistant Families by W. G. McCown, J. Johnson and Associates
McCown, W. G., Johnson, J. and Associates (1993). Therapy with Treatment Resistant Families, New York: Haworth Press. 328 pp. Hardcover ISBN 1-56024-245-0, price $54.85; paper ISBN 1-56024-244-2, price $32.95.A common and very difficult dilemma for all...
Book Reviews -- Treating Alcohol Problems: Marital and Family Interventions Edited by Timothy J. O'Farrell
O'Farrell, Timothy J. (Ed.). (1993). Treating Alcohol Problems: Marital and Family Interventions. New York: Guilford. 446 pp. Cloth ISBN 0-89862-195-X, price $36.95.This edited volume represents the efforts of a multidisciplinary network of researchers...
Enlightenment for Emancipation: A Critical Theory of Self-Formation
Family life education is a profession that endeavors to support families in their everyday challenges. Implicit in this mission is the notion that there may be discrepancies between actual and ideal family life. Historically, family life educators have...
Fearing Fat: A Literature Review of Family Systems Understandings and Treatments of Anorexia and Bulimia
Sixteen-year-old Karen G. saunters into the office behind her parents, glowering in silent hostility. She positions her 5 foot, 6 inch frame in the chair closest to the door Folding her twig-like arms across her chest, Karen complains that the room is...
Home Visitor Characteristics, Training, and Supervision: Results of a National Survey
The provision of home-based services for individuals or families in the United States dates from colonial times and remains prevalent in education, social service, and health agencies. These services are offered by a professional or paraprofessional...
Parents Who Abduct: A Qualitative Study with Implications for Practice
If we conceptualize custody decisions between divorcing parents on a continuum from the harmonious to the acrimonious, at the latter extreme would be those that result in parental abduction. Parental abduction has been defined as "the taking, retention,...
The Presentation of Abortion and Adoption in Marriage and Family Textbooks-Comment/reply
Educators teaching about marriage and family life at the university level must often lead students through examinations of controversial and highly charged emotional issues regarding many facets of marital and family lives. One of these difficult issues...
The Presentation of Stepfamilies in Marriage and Family Textbooks: A Reexamination
In recent years, stepfamilies have been one of the most rapidly growing family forms in the United States and throughout the world. Although Census Bureau data are not available regarding the exact number of stepfamilies in the United States, and estimates...
The Professional Response to Child Sexual Abuse: Whose Interests Are Served?-Comment/reply
Few images are more painful to us today than those of the sexual molestation of innocent children. So painful, in fact, that such injury has in modern times evoked a most primitive defense mechanism--denial (cf. Olafson, Corwin, & Summit, 1993)....
The Relative Stability of Remarriages: A Cohort Approach Using Vital Statistics
Remarriages constitute an increasing proportion of all marriages in the United States. In 1988, in the United States 46% of marriages were remarriages for one or both partners. This involved more than 2 million men and women annually (National Center...
Women in the Middle: A Myth in the Making?
In the past decade, a body of literature has evolved around the concept caregiving "women in the middle" (Brody, 1981, 1990). Women in midlife who are primary caregivers for older relatives are defined as "in the middle" of stressful lifestyles that...
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