In Support of Families by Michael W. YogmanIn Support of Families by Michael W. Yogman

In Support of Families

EditorMichael W. Yogman, T. Berry Brazelton

Hardcover | November 18, 1986

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Families today are experiencing untold pressures and are expected to shoulder enormous burdens at a time when resources for support are becoming ever scarcer. This important book examines the effects of stress on both children and parents and explores various strategies for coping.

The authors--experts in child health and development and in business and social policy--emphasize that the problems of the family and of its members cannot be considered individually. They view the family as a dynamic system whose health is vitally related to its internal relationships and its interactions with other social networks. Stress in this context can be either a positive or a negative influence on the family's effectiveness in raising children, depending on the personal and public resources available.

The strength of the book lies in its integrated approach to a many-sided problem. The authors provide reviews of research, clinical applications, and theoretical discussions, including several frameworks for understanding the constellation of factors within the family that affect children's development. They examine specific situations that can present families with formidable challenges: unemployment, divorce, two-career families, single parenthood,teenage pregnancy, demands from the workplace. Some of these situations are traumatic but brief; others, such as chronic illness, require long-term coping strategies. The authors show the similarities that underlie these stressful situations--how they can affect the fabric of family life and the development of the young child.

The emphasis throughout the book is on policy implications: the urgent need for more enlightened and supportive corporate and government involvement. Unless we make the well-being of the family a priority, the number of children in adverse situations will continue to increase. This book will serve as an indispensable guide to psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, educators, business executives, and government officials.

Michael W. Yogman(right) is Director of the Infant Health and Development Program and a pediatrician affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
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Title:In Support of FamiliesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0 inPublished:November 18, 1986Publisher:Harvard

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Family, Stressed yet Protected
Michael Y. Yogman and T. Berry Brazelton

I. Theoretical Overview: Stress and Coping in theFamily System

1. Family Systems: Understanding the Familythrough Its Response to Chronic Illness
David Reiss

2. Stress on and in the Family
Jerome Kagan

3. A Developmental Perspective on Psychosocial Stress in Childhood
Felton Earls

II. Forces Within the Family: New Roles

4. Fathers: An Intrafamilial Perspective
Ross D. Parke

5. Single Mothers and Joint Custody: Common Ground
Richard N. Atkins

III. Forces Outside the Family: Work and Family Life

6. Working It Out: Effects of Work on Parents and Children
Ann C. Crouter and Maureen Perry-Jenkins

7. Family Life and Corporate Policies
Ellen Galinsky

8. Utilitarianism in the Regulation of Corporate and Family Life
Abraham Zaleznik

9. Supplemental Care for Young Children
Gwen C. Morgan

IV. Special Stresses10. Family Adaptation to Divorce
Kathleen A. Camara

11. The Family and Chronic Illness in Children
John M. Leventhal and Barbara F. Sabbeth

12. Teenage Pregnancy
Lorraine V. Klerman

V. Policy Implications13. Education of Families for Parenting
Bettye M. Caldwell

14. The Social-Policy Context for Families Today
Lisbeth B. Schorr, C. Arden Miller, and Amy Fine

References

Acknowledgments

Index

From Our Editors

In this book we have used broad concepts of systems to find commonalities across the stresses facing parents, such as chronic illness, divorce, teenage pregnancy, and the impact of both parents' working.

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Offers a multidimensional survey of ways in which individual and family units cope with stress. The fifteen essays...present fresh slants on such subjects as single mothers, family life and corporate policies, teenage pregnancy, and education of families for parenting. Although targeted for therapists and specialists in family service agencies, this is also a helpful resource for laypersons interested in the changing status of families.