The Family on the Threshold of the 21st Century

The Family on the Threshold of the 21st Century : Trends and Implications

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Is there life for the family in the 21st century? Pessimists view the traditional two-parent nuclear family as a relic of the past, attributing their gloomy outlook to increased demands from the workplace, rampant technological advancement, and the pursuit of personal achievement at the expense of interpersonal needs and values. Optimists, on the other hand, claim that increasing alienation and emphasis on the occupational sphere necessitate a sense of family, community, and belonging as a haven from work-related stress. This volume addresses these and related issues such as the interplay of personal versus interpersonal factors in family development, the role of the extended family, and the interface between work, community and family. The contents of this book--scholarly contributions from a unique interdisciplinary rostrum of behavioral scientists in such diverse fields as psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, industrial management, and demography--represent the latest developments in research, theory, and practice in family studies. The reader is presented with theoretical formulations, empirical findings, and applied interventions regarding family life in different parts of the world. A systems perspective is adopted as the family is examined at its interface with individuals, community, society, and culture, with the interdependence of these different levels emphasized. In addition, an attempt is made to integrate the work of theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners in understanding the evolving family. Dreman provides a survey of family life in the international arena and finds a surprising consensus between the different disciplinary perspectives and the respective geographical arenas. He discusses life-span issues in relation to all levels of family life including the impact of increased longevity and decreased fertility in relation to topics such as individual development, parent-child and couple relationships, the workplace, and the community. This book also highlights the interplay of biological and interpersonal dynamics as in the case of spousal more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 453g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138882860
  • 9781138882867

Table of contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction. S. Dreman, On the Threshold of a New Era: An Overview. Part II: Individual and Developmental Influences and Family Life. C.P. Cowan, P.A. Cowan, Working With Couples During Stressful Transitions. Y. Teichman, Depression in a Marital Context. Part III: Changing Roles and Structures in the Family. F.K. Goldscheider, Family Relationships and Life Course Strategies for the 21st Century. A.F. Steyn, Marital Integration in the Dual Career Family. Part IV: The Extended Family and Alternate Family Forms. A.B. Weiner, The False Assumptions of Traditional Values. L.A. Lomnitz, Family, Networks, and Survival on the Threshold of the 21st Century in Urban Mexico. Part V: Culture, Society and the Family. B. Birns, S. Birns, Violence-Free Families. D. Edgar, Developing the New Links Workplace: The Future of Family, Work, and Community Relationships. A. Skolnick, The Triple Revolution: Social Sources of Family Change. W. Dumon, The Situation of Families in Western Europe: A Sociological Perspective. A. Golini, A. Silvestrini, Family Change, Fathers, and Children in Western Europe: A Demographic and Psychosocial Perspective. Part VI: Situational Influences and Family Life. S. Sharlin, I. Elshanskaya, Parental Attitudes of Soviets in Israel to the Immigration Process and Their Impact on Parental Stress and Tension. S. Dreman, E. Shinar, Immigration as a Challenge: Implications for Individuals and Families. Part VII: Family Assessment in a Systems Context. D.H. Olson, Family Stress and Coping: A Multisystem Perspective. Part VIII: Conclusions. S. Dreman, Is the Family Viable? Some Thoughts and Implications for the Third more