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Ordinary Families, Special Children: A Systems Approach to Childhood Disability 3ed

by Milton Seligman and Rosalyn Benjamin Darling Guilford Publications
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A comprehensive multisystems perspective on childhood disability & its effect on family life.

This comprehensive and clinically useful resource provides a multisystems perspective on childhood disability and its effects on family life. The volume examines the many variables that shape the ways families respond to childhood disability and the extent to which they can overcome the physical, cultural, and social barriers to a satisfactory lifestyle. Integrating theory and research with evocative first-hand accounts from parents, siblings, and grandparents, the authors demonstrate how to apply a social and family systems-based approach to assessment and intervention with diverse families.

For rehabilitation, social workers, nursing, special education, psychology & paediatrics.

I. Conceptual Framework1. Introduction and Conceptual Framework I: Social and Cultural Systems2. Conceptual Framework II: Family Systems Theory and Childhood Disability3. All Families Are Not Alike: Social and Cultural Diversity in Reaction to Childhood DisabilityII. The Family Life Cycle4. Becoming the Parent of a Child with a Disability: Reactions to First Information5. Childhood: Continuing Adaptation6. Looking to the Future: Adolescence and AdulthoodIII. The Family System7. Effects on the Family as a System8. Effects on Fathers9. Effects on Siblings10. Effects on GrandparentsIV. Approaches to Intervention11. Professional-Family Interaction: Working toward Partnership12. Perspectives and Approaches for Working with Families13. Applying a Partnership Approach to Assessing Family Resources, Concerns, and Priorities: Developing Family Service Plans

"This important book does a wonderful job of integrating the authors' longstanding themes of respect and compassion with the most current information on the family functioning, treatment, and education of people with a range of disabilities. This is an exceptionally valuable resource for professionals in any discipline who serve families coping with disability. It will be a useful text for graduate students in social work."--Sandra L. Harris, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey "The scholarship and keen insight of Seligman and Darling have informed and guided my work as a clinical psychologist with families of children with disabilities, as well as my own family life with a child who has autism. This book is a tour de force of breadth and depth in its summaries of research and theory and their real-life applications. It is truly an essential and comprehensive resource for practitioners and researchers, and an excellent text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in special education, social work, psychology, family studies, and pediatric specialties."--Robert A. Naseef, PhD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "Seligman and Darling effectively blend clinical insight, current research, and cultural sensitivity in this substantive and exciting third edition. The book demonstrates how researchers look beyond the impact of special children on mothers, promoting a conceptualization of family well-being that includes fathers, siblings, and grandparents. Offering fresh perspectives on families, this extraordinary book is sufficiently accessible for students and will also be appreciated by professionals in the field."--Jan B. Blacher, PhD, University of California, Riverside
Milton Seligman, PhD Counseling Psychology Program University of pittsburgh and Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, PhD Program in Administration and Leadership Studies Department of Sociology Indiana University of Pennsylvania