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Family Careers
Rethinking the Developmental Perspective

  • Joan Aldous - University of Notre Dame, Australia, University of Notre Dame, USA

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Family Life Education

© 1996 | 316 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Family Careers makes use of the developmental approach to studying families in order to present a clear, up-to-date account of the changes in families from the time they are formed until they are dissolved. Particular emphasis is given to: the influence of social contexts on patterns of family interaction over time; and the family as a social context within which individual members develop.

A coherent and manageable presentation of systems theory informs the argument, and the inherent limitations of the developmental perspective are recognized.

 
PART ONE: THE FAMILY CAREERS PERSPECTIVE
 
Following Family Careers
 
Family Time and Its Divisions
 
The Family as a Social System
 
The Making of Family Roles
 
Developmental Tasks for Families and Individuals
 
PART TWO: COUPLE RELATIONS OVER TIME
 
Couple Beginnings
The Establishment of Intimate Commitment  
 
Couple Relations and Parenthood
 
Partner Relations during the Child-Rearing Years
 
Alone Again
Couples When Children Grow Up  
 
Elderly Couples and the End of the Family Career
 
PART THREE: PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS OVER TIME
 
First Acquaintance
 
Child Rearing in School and Work Contexts
 
A Time of Transitions
Families with Adolescents  
 
PART FOUR: SIBLING RELATIONS OVER TIME
 
Sibling Relations from Givens to Choice
 
A Summing-Up

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