Families with Adolescents

Bridging the Gaps Between Theory, Research, and Practice

  • Stephen M. Gavazzi

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Overview of Theoretical, Research, and Application Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Theorizing About Families with Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
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  4. Research on Families with Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
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  5. Application Topics Concerning Families with Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
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  6. Summary and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-197

About this book


Despite their flocking to social networking sites in unprecedented numbers, research confirms that adolescents continue to be influenced primarily by their families rather than their peers and other social contexts. Consequently, the family unit remains a vital setting for understanding and intervening with youth. Synthesizing important findings from the literature on family science and such related fields as psychology, sociology, social work, and public health, Families with Adolescents focuses a unique panoramic lens on the study of adolescent development.

This concise volume offers a clear blueprint for more consistently improved practice, emphasizing family process and structure instead of individual developmental stages. Its chapters deftly summarize the recent knowledge base across the mental health and social services disciplines, illustrating family concerns and theoretical perspectives coupled with real-world vignettes and making cogent use of family assessment measures.

Featured topics include:

  • Central concepts of family development, family systems, ecological, attachment, and social learning theories in relation to families with adolescents.
  • Impact of the family on adolescent behavior, education, and mental health outcomes.
  • Selected studies on parenting behaviors, conflict resolution, and other major aspects of families with adolescents.
  • Application topics in family-based intervention and prevention programs.
  • Integrating theory, research, and applications to create a “triple threat” model.

Families with Adolescents is an essential resource for researchers and graduate students as well as mental health therapists in clinical child and developmental psychology, family studies, human development, sociology, social work, and education.


Adolescent Development Adolescents Application Issues Clinical Practice Cultural Background Ethnicity Families Family Science Family Structure Family Studies Family Theory Family-based Interventions Interdisciplinary Intervention Prevention Research-based Sociology Theoretical Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen M. Gavazzi
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Human Development and FamiThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-8245-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8246-9
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