Changing Families

  • Irving E. Sigel
  • Luis M. Laosa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Irving E. Sigel
    Pages 1-21
  3. Paul R. Florin, Paul R. Dokecki
    Pages 23-63
  4. Phyllis W. Beck
    Pages 65-78
  5. Luis M. Laosa
    Pages 79-135
  6. Kay Sutherland
    Pages 137-166
  7. James C. Mancuso, Kenneth H. Handin
    Pages 167-202
  8. Moncrieff Cochran, Frank Woolever
    Pages 225-245
  9. Ruth Hubbell
    Pages 247-266
  10. Richard R. J. Lewine
    Pages 267-289
  11. Ivan B. Pless
    Pages 291-318
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 319-333

About this book


In a previous volume, Families as Learning Environments for Children, we presented a series of chapters that dealt with research programs on the role of families as learning environments for children. Those studies were based on empirical data and sought answers to basic research questions, with no explicit concern for the application of the results to practical problems. Rather, their purpose was to contribute primarily to conceptualization, research methodology, and psychological theory. Now, in this volume, we turn our attention to intervention-efforts to modify the way a family develops. As in our previous conference, the participants of the working conference on which the present volume is based are research scientists and scholars interested in application. This group is distinct from practitioners, however, whose primary focus is service; participants in this conference have as their primary interest research into the problems of processes of application. Applied professional issues concerning the lives of families come from many varied sources, from some that are distant and impersonal (e. g. , the law) to direct face-to-face efforts (educators, therapists). The variety of sources and types of applications are eloquent testimony to the degree to which families are subject to a host of societal forces whose implicit or explicit aim is to modify family functioning. For example, some educators may wish to alter family child-rearing patterns to enhance child development; the clinician seeks to help families come to terms and to cope with a schizophrenic child. The list can be extended.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Irving E. Sigel
    • 1
  • Luis M. Laosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Assessment and Research in Human DevelopmentEducational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Educational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA

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