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The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family, and Social Perspectives (An Allyn & Bacon Classics Edition) (Book Alone) (3rd Edition) Hardcover – Sep 17 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (Sept. 17 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205409814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205409815
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 3.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #458,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Classics Edition of The Expanded Family Life Cycle, with a new foreword by Donald Bloch, continues to provide "a new and more comprehensive way to think about human development and the life cycle," reflecting society's shift away from the nuclear family toward a more diverse and inclusive definition of family. Theory and research are integrated with clinical guidelines and cases by two of the most respected authors, teachers, and clinicians in the field of family therapy—Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick.

“This text is a classic in the field of family psychology and family therapy. It provides a framework in which current family life cycle stressors, family intergenerational history, and current sociocultural factors are beautifully integrated and applied to an understanding of family functioning. Further, it is one of the few texts I know that can span undergraduate and graduate education, providing information relevant for both beginning and more advanced students. The information is presented clearly and is written by experienced clinicians who supply lots of clinical cases to exemplify the points they are trying to make, resulting in absorbing reading. I have been using this text for the past ten years or so, and plan to use it indefinitely.”
Leslie Brody, Boston University

“The text's primary theme is diversity. The contents cover a broad range of topics from Latino family life cycle to gay and lesbian life cycle. Issues such as death, migration, violence, and gender add to the breadth and interest of this text and it position it to be useful to many....The text is easy to understand and engaging,...is written with clarity and an excellent balance between knowledge and application. The case illustrations throughout the book are helpful in providing an illustration of the concepts and holding the interest of the reader.”
Kathleen Briggs, Oklahoma State University

“The text is well written, which makes it a pleasure to read. I find the use of metaphors and analogies very effective....The Adam and Eve reference in the conclusion of chapter one is a favorite quote of mine regarding the timelessness of family violence....The chapter on self in context is particularly valuable. It introduces some key concepts regarding developmental and social issues relevant to gay and lesbian youth that continue throughout the text....The Carter and McGoldrick text is a valuable component of students' foundation studies related to family issues.”
Margarete Parrish, University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Format: Hardcover
I used this book, which came highly recommended, to teach a graduate-level course in Family Therapy. At first glance it seemed like a useful text, having earned a great deal of praise from other professors. However, the book was a disappointment to both myself and my students.
While I would not go so far as to say that the book contained no useful information, much of the book's potential utility was overshadowed by the authors' transparent political agenda. An example of good clinical advice provided by the authors was to ask wealthy families, in an initial interview, how they are using their funds to help the poor. Coming across with this overtly judgmental and clinically irrelevant question in the first interview is clearly not the way to win over a troubled family.
When studying the book, it was often possible to forget that families seeking therapy may actually have troubles of their own. The articles in the book focused largely on sociopolitical issues. Obviously, one cannot discount the influence of the larger context; however, struggles with gender unfairness in the workplace are rarely the presenting problem which drives an entire family into a therapist's office. Perhaps it was for this reason that focused, practical clinical advice for the budding clinician was nearly absent from many of the articles.
Pragmatics aside, the book was also lacking in terms of scholarship. A variety of grand claims were made by various authors with limited citations to support these claims. Despite the reference lists at the end of each chapter, I found it jarring to read several consecutive paragraphs without footnotes describing, for example, the "typical" presentation of clients from different cultural groups.
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By A Customer on July 21 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a psychology intern who has worked with families for teh last year, I have found this book to be extremely helpful in understanding the families that I work with. It has helped me keep their life cycles in perspective, and has allowed me to understand the not-so-conventional families. We used this book in class, and I have been surprised at the amount of times I have turned to it since. In my quest to do the best job possible, I have read many other books on family therapy. This book was extremely valuable and helpful to me, and offers realistic content that is not found in most other books.
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Format: Hardcover
This book provides readers with comprehensive, well researched and up-to-date information on the family through all of its stages. It offers thoughtful challenges throughout about how the politics of oppression affect ALL families. I disagree heartily with the above reviewer who suggests the book is anti-men, anti-marriage or racist. Rather, the author supports families of all types and encourages readers to look beyond their own cultural upbringing and consider how a family's life cycle is affected by issues of race, class, wealth, divorce and sexual orientation.
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Format: Hardcover
I taught a course using this book as a text. I was very satisfied in how comprehensive the book is (covering many topics and in enough depth). I was surprised so many students also gave excellent feedback on the content. We agreed it helped us to become aware of our own prejudices, what our own thoughts of "normal" were and it also helped us to help our clients by being aware of their contexts. Complete, comprehensive and VERY readable! I highly recommend it!
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