Depression and Aggression in Family Interaction

By Gerald R. Patterson | Go to book overview

1 The Family Research Consortium: At the Crest of a Major Wave?
David Reiss George Washington University Medical Center Joy Schulterbrandt National Institution of Mental HealthThe Family Research Consortium can be viewed as itself a small-scale group interaction experiment; when this experiment has run its course it may help to answer four questions:
1. Is it possible for a group of working family scientists to define, accurately and contemporaneously, the major ebbs and flows of their own field. In particular, can they spot a significant wave of scientific advance before it crests.
2. Is it possible for such a group to position its work in relationship to that crest, drawing on the wave's increasing momentum and directing and accelerating it further?
3. Is it possible for a group to sustain work of this kind even though it is dispersed to the four comers of a large continent?
4. If work of this kind is possible, what are the social structures, within the group, which work best?

This very brief essay on the Consortium is, perhaps, a fitting opening for the report of the Consortium's first annual Summer Institute. The Institute itself, including the publication of its proceedings, constitutes one of the social structures sustaining the work of the Consortium; part of the group interaction experiment. The Institute was designed to serve two functions simultaneously. First, as intended in the original blueprint for the Consortium, it is an opportunity for the Consortium and its scientific colleagues to contribute to and benefit from an intense week of continuing education in the field of family studies. Second, it is an opportunity for the Consortium and its colleagues to reflect on the progress of

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • References xiv
  • 1: The Family Research Consortium: At the Crest of a Major Wave? 1
  • 2: Developmental Epidemiological Framework for Family Research on Depression and Aggression 11
  • References 46
  • 3: Methodological Issues in the Study of Family Violence 49
  • Conclusion 70
  • Acknowledgments 71
  • References 72
  • 4: How Marriages Change 75
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENT 99
  • References 100
  • 5: A Contextual Approach to the Problem of Aversive Practices in Families 103
  • Conclusion 123
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 124
  • References 124
  • 6: Statistical Methods for Analyzing Family Interaction 131
  • Summary 165
  • Acknowledgments 165
  • References 166
  • 7: Family Environments of Depressed and Well Parents and Their Children: Issues of Research Methods 169
  • Conclusion 182
  • Acknowledgments 183
  • References 183
  • 8 - Maternal Depression, Marital Discord, and Children's Behavior: A Developmental Perspective 185
  • Acknowledgments 204
  • References 204
  • 9: Initiation and Maintenance of Process Disrupting Single- Mother Families 209
  • Acknowledgments 242
  • References 243
  • 10: Method Variance in Structural Equation Modeling: Living with "Glop" 247
  • References 276
  • 11: Reflections: A Conceptual Analysis and Synthesis 281
  • References 312
  • Author Index 315
  • Subject Index 325
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