Summary: This is the eagerly-awaited new edition of The Changing Family Life Cycle. Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick are two of the best-known family therapists in the U.S. The authors have been particularly known for the introduction of feminist theory to family therapy. The new title, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, represents some of the sweeping changes in the text. The new edition proposes "a new and more comprehensive way to think about human development and the ...show morelife cycle." It reflects changes in society away from orientation toward the nuclear family, toward a more diverse and inclusive definition of "family."
This expanded view of the family includes the impact of issues at multiple levels of the human system: the individual, family households, the extended family, the community, the cultural group, and the larger society. This edition features a ground-breaking integration of individual male and female development in systemic context; our increasing racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity; the emergence of men's movements and issues; the growing visibility of lesbian and gay families; and the neglected area of social class. Significantly changed or expanded, new chapters include individual development (Ch. 2); a clinical method based on Bowen's coaching of individuals (Ch. 26); women's and men's issues throughout the life cycle (Chs. 6 and 7); cultural issues (Chs. 4, 8, 10, and 19); social class (Ch. 5); lesbian and gay families (Ch. 20); single adults (Ch. 21); siblings (Ch 9); and violence (Ch 28).
A classic work in family therapy issues and clinical interventions, by two of the most-respected authors, teachers, and clinicians in the field.
Continues and widens its feminist and cultural perspective.
Lively and dynamic writing, with contributed chapters by some of the best-known therapists and experts in family therapy, integrating theory and research with clinical guidelines and cases.
New To This Edition:
Widens the perspective of family therapy to include diversity of family forms and lifestyles, as well as cultural diversity.
The expanded focus highlights the reciprocity between two neglected areas: first, how the individual self develops in the context of relationships that are shaped by community and social norms which greatly influence the individual's degree of autonomy and emotional connectedness, his or her values, beliefs, dreams, spirituality, use of time and energy, and connection to work, politics, and community. Secondly, the expanded focus explores specific ways that the norms of community and the larger society--especially regarding race, class, gender, culture, and sexual orientation--affect individuals and their family relationships. The text offers numerous ideas for dealing with these dimensions in clinical work.
Added chapters on men's issues, individual development, a clinical method based on Bowen's coaching model, class, violence, migration, lesbians and gays, siblings, and never-married adults.