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Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research

by Vern Bengtson, Katherine Dilworth-Anderson, Peggye Klein and David Allen SAGE Publications, Inc
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Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research.

The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in ''doing'' theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site, additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science. Editors Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and David M. Klein have brought together a prominent group of diverse contributors ranging in race and ethnicity, age and seniority, and gender and sexual orientation.

The Sourcebook begins with a section that sets the context for future family research. The subsequent sections explore changing family patterns, changing family interactions within and across generations, and families and larger social forces. A concluding section discusses issues of teaching family theories and research.

Foreword - Pauline Boss
Part I: Setting the Context for Future Family Research
Chapter 1. Theory and Theorizing in Family Research - Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and David M. Klein
Spotlight on Theory: Applying Kuhn's "Scientific Structure of Revolutions" to Family Science - Peggye Dilworth-Anderson
Spotlight on Methods: The Cyclical Process of Theory and Data in Science - David M. Klein
Case Study: The Use of Explicit Theory in Family Research: A Case Analysis of the Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1990-1999 - Alan C. Taylor and Aparna Bagdi
Case Study: A Scientific Theory of the Family? - Jonathan H. Turner
Discussion and Extension: Theorizing Family: From the Particular to the General - David Cheal
Chapter 2. Contemporary and Emerging Theories in Studying Families - Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Linda M. Burton, and David M. Klein
Spotlight on Theory: Application of Pepper's World Hypotheses to Family Theories - Hilary A. Rose
Spotlight on Theory: In Search of a Philosophical Foundation for Family Theory and Therapy - Norbert A. Wetzel
Case Study: Agony or Ecstasy? Evolving Theory and Methods of the Circumplex Model - Judy Watson Tiesel and Dean Gorall
Case Study: On the Use of Probability in Family Theory - Jetse Sprey
Chapter 3. Contemporary and Emerging Research Methods in Studying Families - Alan C. Acock, Manfred H. M. van Dulmen, Katherine R. Allen, and Fred P. Piercy
Spotlight on Methods: Asking New Questions of Existing Qualitative Data - M. Elise Radina and Kimberly J. M. Downs
Case Study: Mixed Methods: Meaning and Validity in the Development of Self-Report Items for Children - Michael E. Woolley, Natasha K. Bowen, and Gary L. Bowen
Case Study: Analyzing Family Interaction Patterns From Videotapes Over Time - Kurt Kreppner
Discussion and Extension: Deductive Qualitative Analysis and Family Theory Building - Jane F. Gilgun
Part II: Changing Family Patterns
Chapter 4. Explanations of Family Change: A Family Demographic Perspective - Suzanne M. Bianchi and Lynne M. Casper
Spotlight on Theory: The New Demographics of Families - Farrell J. Webb
Spotlight on Methods: Does Marriage Make People Happier? Marriage, Cohabitation, and Trajectories in Well-Being - Kelly Musick
Case Study: Strengths and Resilience in Chinese Immigrant Families: An Initial Effort of Inquiry - Yan Ruth Xia, Zhi George Zhou, and Xiaolin Xie
Discussion and Extension: Family Change: Decline or Resilience? - Paul R. Amato
Chapter 5. Family Composition and Family Transitions - David H. Demo, William S. Aquilino, and Mark A. Fine
Spotlight on Theory: Family Disruption--Chaos Versus Havoc: A Chaos Theory (Dynamical Systems) View of Family Structure and Change - Rory Remer
Spotlight on Methods: Causal Analysis of Family Structure Effects - Tami M. Videon
Case Study: Predicting Marital Success or Failure: Burgess and Beyond - Ione Y. DeOllos
Discussion and Extension: The Adjustment of Children in Divorced and Remarried Families - E. Mavis Hetherington
Chapter 6. Decentering Heteronormativity: A Model for Family Studies - Ramona Faith Oswald, Libby Balter Blume, and Stephen R. Marks
Case Study: Backward Socialization and Gay Identity Negotiation in Families - Bertram J. Cohler
Case Study: Gay Marriage and Social Science - Timothy J. Biblarz and Judith Stacey
Discussion and Extension: Reflections on Queer Theory and Family Science - Lawrence A. Kurdek
Chapter 7. Theorizing and Studying Sibling Ties in Adulthood - Alexis J. Walker, Katherine R. Allen, and Ingrid Arnet Connidis
Spotlight on Theory: Theorizing About Sibling Relationships When Parents Become Frail - Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford
Spotlight on Methods: Twin Studies and Dementia - Keith E. Whitfield
Case Study: Reaching Beyond the Dyad: Research on Adult Siblings - Sarah H. Matthews
Discussion and Extension: Sibling Relationships in Childhood: Implications for Life-Course Study - Susan M. McHale and Ann C. Crouter
Chapter 8. Ecological Changes in Ethnic Families of Color - Harriette Pipes McAdoo, Estella A. Martínez, and Hester Hughes
Spotlight on Theory: Empirical Reality and Vision: Studying People of Color - Tammy L. Henderson
Spotlight on Methods: Methodological Considerations in the Study of Families of Color - Masako Ishii-Kuntz
Case Study: Black-White Interracial Marriage and Multiracial Families - Erica Chito Childs
Discussion and Extension: The Demographics of the 21st-Century Family: Examining Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Within Geographic and Generational Context - Ana Mari Cauce
Chapter 9. Advancing Theory Through Research: The Case of Extrusion in Stepfamilies - Margaret Crosbie-Burnett, Edith A. Lewis, Summer Sullivan, Jessica Podolsky, Rosane Mantilla de Souza, and Victoria Mitrani
Spotlight on Theory: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy With Stepfamilies - James L. Furrow, Brent Bradley, and Susan M. Johnson
Spotlight on Methods: Exploring the Diversity of Stepfamily Relationships - Maria Schmeeckle
Case Study: Identity Enactment and Verification in Gay and Lesbian Stepfamilies - Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Kari Henley, and Kay Pasley
Discussion and Extension: Leaving Whose Home? When Stepchildren Leave Is it Always Extrusion? - Lawrence H. Ganong and Marilyn Coleman
Part III: Changing Family Interactions Within and Across Generations
Chapter 10. Through the Lens of Time: How Families Live in and Through Time - Kerry J. Daly and John Beaton
Spotlight on Theory: Family in and Beyond Time - Andrew J. Weigert
Spotlight on Methods: The Experience Sampling Method - Jennifer A. Schmidt
Case Study: Viewing Time Through the Eyes of Overscheduled Children and Their Underconnected Families - Yvette V. Perry and William J. Doherty
Discussion and Extension: Time and Time Again: A Critical Look at Order in Family Life - Barbara H. Fiese
Chapter 11. Theorizing About Marriage - Jason S. Carroll, Stan J. Knapp, and Thomas B. Holman
Spotlight on Theory: Theory-Driven Couple Evaluation - Luciano L'Abate
Spotlight on Methods: Studying Marriages Longitudinally - Frank D. Fincham and Thomas N. Bradbury
Case Study: Cultural Narratives and Individual Experiences in Relationships - Richard Bulcroft, Linda Smeins, and Kris Bulcroft
Case Study: Couples Under Stress: Studying Change in Dyadic Closeness and Distance - Yoav Lavee
Discussion and Extension: Theorizing the Particulars of Marriage - Bert N. Adams
Chapter 12. Analyzing Couples and Families: Multilevel Methods - Aline G. Sayer and Mary Maguire Klute
Spotlight on Theory: Personality and Family Process - James E. Deal, Charles F. Halverson, Jr., and Valerie Havill
Spotlight on Theory: Families in Community Contexts - Jay A. Mancini, Gary L. Bowen, and James A. Martin
Discussion and Extension: A Comment on the Use of Multilevel Methods in Family Research - James M. White and Jay D. Teachman
Chapter 13. Theorizing About Aggression Between Intimates: A Dialectical Approach - Loreen N. Olson, Mark A. Fine, and Sally A. Lloyd
Spotlight on Theory: Family Resilience - Charles H. Huber
Spotlight on Methods: Holding Multiple Theories in Our Hands: Advanced Dialectical Research Methods - Deborah A. Davis and Edward Read Barton
Case Study: An Ecological Perspective on an Intergenerational Family Problem - Lawrence B. Schiamberg and Daphna Gans
Discussion and Extension: The Challenges and Promise of a Dialectical Approach to Theorizing About Intimate Violence - Claire M. Renzetti
Chapter 14. Fatherhood and Father Involvement: Emerging Constructs and Theoretical Orientations - Randal D. Day, Charlie Lewis, Margaret O'Brien, and Michael E. Lamb
Case Study: Incarceration and Reentry of Fathers Into the Lives of Their Families - Joyce A. Arditti, Alan C. Acock, and Randal D. Day
Case Study: The Unanticipated Consequences of Promoting Father Involvement: A Feminist Perspective - Yoshie Sano
Discussion and Extension: Fathers, Fatherhood, and Families: (Re)Casting Issues of Diversity Into Forming and Re-forming Conceptualizations - Vivian L. Gadsden and R. Karl Rethemeyer
Chapter 15. Influences of Parents and Siblings on the Development of Children and Adolescents - Martin Pinquart and Rainer K. Silbereisen
Spotlight on Theory: Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory - Ronald P. Rohner
Spotlight on Methods: Observational Methods for Studying Families - Lorraine C. Taylor and Melissa A. Barnett
Case Study: Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Integrating Attachment and Bowenian Family Systems Theories - Mark K. Benson
Discussion and Extension: The Role of Families in Developmental Continuity and Change During Adolescence - Jennifer L. Matjasko and Katherine A. Paz
Chapter 16. Theorizing Intergenerational Family Relations: Solidarity, Conflict, and Ambivalence in Cross-National Contexts - Ruth Katz, Ariela Lowenstein, Judith Phillips, and Svein Olav Daatland
Spotlight on Methods: Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Intergenerational Relations - Gay Becker
Case Study: Testing Theories About Intergenerational Exchanges - Merril Silverstein
Case Study: Recent Shifts in Family Support for Older People in Ghana - Isabella Aboderin
Discussion and Extension: Theorizing Intergenerational Relations Across Societies - G. Clare Wenger
Part IV: Families and Larger Social Forces
Chapter 17. Culture, Cognition, and Parenthood - Ralph LaRossa, Wendy Simonds, and Donald C. Reitzes
Spotlight on Theory: The Evolution of Parenting - David C. Bell
Spotlight on Methods: Studying Foster and Adoptive Parent-Child Relationships - Katharine P. Leslie
Case Study: River of Grief: Hearing Parents and Siblings Following Child Death - Colleen I. Murray and Kathleen R. Gilbert
Discussion and Extension: Parenthood, Parenting, and Marital Interactions - Debra Umberson and Belinda L. Needham
Chapter 18. Multicultural and Critical Race Feminisms: Theorizing Families in the Third Wave - Lee Ann De Reus, April L. Few, and Libby Balter Blume
Spotlight on Theory: Veiled Heads: A Middle Eastern Feminist Perspective - Manijeh Daneshpour
Spotlight on Methods: Kentucky Homeless Mothers - Joanna M. Badagliacco
Case Study: Challenges Faced by Nonelite Women in Higher Education - Norma Burgess
Discussion and Extension: Integrating Youth Into Our Feminist Theory, Research, and Practice - Kristine M. Baber
Chapter 19. Socioeconomic Status and Childhood Externalizing Behaviors: A Structural Equation Framework - Robert Flynn Corwyn and Robert H. Bradley
Case Study: Multisite, Mixed-Methods Study of Rural Low-Income Families - Bonnie Braun and Elaine A. Anderson
Discussion and Extension: Promoting Positive Youth Development Across Variations in Socioeconomic Status: Framing the Structural Equation Modeling Approach Within a Developmental Systems Perspective - Christina Theokas and Richard M. Lerner
Chapter 20. Don't Stop at the Borders: Theorizing Beyond Dichotomies of Work and Family - Shelley M. MacDermid, Kevin Roy, and Anisa M. Zvonkovic
Spotlight on Theory: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Work-Family Conflict - Josip Obradovic and Mira Cudina
Spotlight on Methods: Methodological Challenges in Theorizing the Work-Family Complex - Suraj Commuri
Case Study:The Interface of Elder Caregiving and Paid Employment - Judy L. Singleton
Discussion and Extension: Suggestions for a Multilevel Reframing of Work-Family Theory - Joseph G. Grzywacz, Angela J. Hattery, and Patricia Voydanoff
Chapter 21. Religion and Families - Linda M. Chatters and Robert Joseph Taylor
Spotlight on Theory: "Good Enough" Theorizing About Families, Spirituality, and Religion: Facing Our Own Fundamentalism - Carla M. Dahl
Spotlight on Methods: Measurement Issues in the Study of Religion and Spirituality - Jacqueline S. Mattis
Case Study: Links Between Families and Religion - Don Swenson, Jerry G. Pankhurst, and Sharon K. Houseknecht
Discussion and Extension: How Highly Religious Families Strive to Fulfill Sacred Purposes - David C. Dollahite and Loren D. Marks
Chapter 22. Families, Theories, and Social Policy - Phyllis Moen and Scott Coltrane
Spotlight on Theory: Families and Policy: Health Issues of Older Women - Karen A. Roberto
Spotlight on Methods: Investigating Child Abuse Investigations - Jennifer A. Reich
Case Study: Theoretical Threads Weave the Foundation for Family Policy Research - Lydia Blalock, Pamela A. Monroe, and M. E. Betsy Garrison
Discussion and Extension: Thoughts on Families and Public Policy as Viewed by Phyllis Moen and Scott Coltrane - Joan Aldous
Part V: Preparing the Next Generation of Family Scholars
23. College Professors' Conversations About Teaching Family Theories - Velma McBride Murry, Paul C. Rosenblatt, and Elizabeth Wieling
Spotlight on Theory: Walking the Walk: Teaching Systems Theory by Doing Theory - Gail G. Whitchurch
Spotlight on Theory: Human Ecology Theory for the 21st Century - Lillian A. Phenice and Robert J. Griffore
Spotlight on Theory: Teaching Theory 101A - Denise Berg
Spotlight on Methods: Linking Theory, Methods, Community Wisdom, and Local Need - James M. Frabutt
Case Study: A Family With Gender Inequality: Theory in Clinical Teaching - Thomas W. Blume and Charles Lee Cole
Chapter 24. Teaching Methods of Family Research - Constance L. Shehan and Theodore N. Greenstein
Spotlight on Methods: Making Statistics Come Alive - Walter R. Schumm
Spotlight on Methods: Developing Professional Skills in Methods: Writing Grant Proposals - Chalandra M. Bryant
Case Study: Getting to the Bottom of the Spanking Debate: Bringing in the Ethics of Research - Robyn L. Mowery and Lynda H. Walters
Chapter 25. Controversies and Firestorms: An Epilogue - Vern L. Bengtson, Katherine R. Allen, David M. Klein, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and Alan C. Acock
Spotlight on Methods: Are You a "Positivist"? An Epistemological Self-Assessment - David M. Klein
Spotlight on Theory: Where Does Queer Theory Take Us? - Stan J. Knapp and Camille S. Williams
Spotlight on Theory: Pushing the Boundaries of the Sourcebook - Katherine R. Allen
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors

"The Sourcebook of Family Theory & Research provides an abundance of information relevant for training and educating couple and family counselors."
Vern L. Bengtson University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Alan C. Acock Oregon State University
Katherine R. Allen Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Peggye Dilworth-Anderson University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
David M. Klein University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA, Australia