Ordinary Families, Special Children

Ordinary Families, Special Children

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This popular clinical reference and text provides a multisystems perspective on childhood disability and its effects on family life. The volume examines how child, family, ecological, and sociocultural variables intertwine to shape the ways families respond to disability, and how professionals can promote coping, adaptation, and empowerment. Accessible and engaging, the book integrates theory and research with vignettes and firsthand reflections from family members.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 33.02mm | 557.92g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1606233173
  • 9781606233177
  • 389,511

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"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, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, USA "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, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA "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, in private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAshow more

About Milton Seligman

Milton Seligman, PhD, Department of Psychology in Education (Emeritus), University of Pittsburgh School of Education, USA, and Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, PhD, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USAshow more

Table of contents

Part I: Conceptual Framework. Introduction and Conceptual Framework I: Social and Cultural Systems. Conceptual Framework II: Family Systems Theory and Childhood Disability. All Families Are Not Alike: Social and Cultural Diversity in Reaction to Childhood Disability. Part II: The Family Life Cycle. Becoming the Parent of a Child with a Disability: Reactions to First Information. Childhood: Continuing Adaptation. Looking to the Future: Adolescence and Adulthood. Part III: The Family System. Effects on the Family as a System. Effects on Fathers. Effects on Siblings. Effects on Grandparents. Part IV: Approaches to Intervention. Professional-Family Interaction: Working toward Partnership. Perspectives and Approaches for Working with Families. Applying a Partnership Approach to Identifying Family Resources, Concerns, and Priorities: Developing Family Service Plans.show more