The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family, and Social Perspectives (An Allyn & Bacon Classics Edition) (with MyHelpingLab) (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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The Classics Edition of The Expanded Family Life Cycle, with a new foreword by Donald Bloch, continues to provide "a new and more comprehensive way to think about human development and the life cycle," reflecting society's shift away from the nuclear family toward a more diverse and inclusive definition of family. Theory and research are integrated with clinical guidelines and cases by two of the most respected authors, teachers, and clinicians in the field of family therapy–Betty Carter and Monica McGoldrick.

 

“This text is a classic in the field of family psychology and family therapy. It provides a framework in which current family life cycle stressors, family intergenerational history, and current sociocultural factors are beautifully integrated and applied to an understanding of family functioning. Further, it is one of the few texts I know that can span undergraduate and graduate education, providing information relevant for both beginning and more advanced students. The information is presented clearly and is written by experienced clinicians who supply lots of clinical cases to exemplify the points they are trying to make, resulting in absorbing reading. I have been using this text for the past ten years or so, and plan to use it indefinitely.”
Leslie Brody, Boston University

 

“The text's primary theme is diversity. The contents cover a broad range of topics from Latino family life cycle to gay and lesbian life cycle. Issues such as death, migration, violence, and gender add to the breadth and interest of this text and it position it to be useful to many....The text is easy to understand and engaging,...is written with clarity and an excellent balance between knowledge and application. The case illustrations throughout the book are helpful in providing an illustration of the concepts and holding the interest of the reader.”
Kathleen Briggs, Oklahoma State University

 

“The text is well written, which makes it a pleasure to read. I find the use of metaphors and analogies very effective....The Adam and Eve reference in the conclusion of chapter one is a favorite quote of mine regarding the timelessness of family violence....The chapter on self in context is particularly valuable. It introduces some key concepts regarding developmental and social issues relevant to gay and lesbian youth that continue throughout the text....The Carter and McGoldrick text is a valuable component of students' foundation studies related to family issues.”
Margarete Parrish, University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 3 edition (December 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205488293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205488292
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her clinical videos: Legacies of Loss and Harnessing the Power of Genograms are available at www.psychotherapy.net. Her books include Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, a book that explains the use of genogram mapping with famous examples from Sigmund Freud to the Fondas and Kennedys; The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting with Your Family, a book that discusses the importance of family connections for the general reader, using examples from Beethoven to Barack Obama; Ethnicity and Family Therapy, a book that discusses the patterns of 51 different cultural groups; The Expanded Family Life Cycle, a book that explores in readable fashion human evolution through the life cycle; Living Beyond Loss, a book about grief and unresolved mourning; and Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture and Gender in Clinical Practice, a book that outlines the important socio-cultural factors influencing families in our society. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up there and in Solebury Pennsylvania. Her ancestors (on the McGoldrick side came from Donegal, Ireland, and her mother's Cahalane ancestors came from West Cork. She majored in Russian Studies at Brown University, and received a masters degree in Russian Studies at Yale University, before switching to social work and family therapy, receiving her MSW and later an honorary PhD from Smith College School for Social Work.

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78 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I used this book, which came highly recommended, to teach a graduate-level course in Family Therapy. At first glance it seemed like a useful text, having earned a great deal of praise from other professors. However, the book was a disappointment to both myself and my students.
While I would not go so far as to say that the book contained no useful information, much of the book's potential utility was overshadowed by the authors' transparent political agenda. An example of good clinical advice provided by the authors was to ask wealthy families, in an initial interview, how they are using their funds to help the poor. Coming across with this overtly judgmental and clinically irrelevant question in the first interview is clearly not the way to win over a troubled family.
When studying the book, it was often possible to forget that families seeking therapy may actually have troubles of their own. The articles in the book focused largely on sociopolitical issues. Obviously, one cannot discount the influence of the larger context; however, struggles with gender unfairness in the workplace are rarely the presenting problem which drives an entire family into a therapist's office. Perhaps it was for this reason that focused, practical clinical advice for the budding clinician was nearly absent from many of the articles.
Pragmatics aside, the book was also lacking in terms of scholarship. A variety of grand claims were made by various authors with limited citations to support these claims. Despite the reference lists at the end of each chapter, I found it jarring to read several consecutive paragraphs without footnotes describing, for example, the "typical" presentation of clients from different cultural groups.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By david garbacz on May 16, 2010
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this book was required for my grad school program. It was so biased it was worse than useless. myself and several classmates refused to read it after several chapters. This is an author with an axe to grind against all men. Every chapter has derogatory statements towards men. The double standard is aweful, if a man wrote like this in this age the book would be banned. It is just plain sexist. I would have hoped for better from Smith College. There are few useful citations. Crazy statement like "all first born brothers suffer from entitlement". Hello? Stand up to end the ware between genders. It is time to understand and value one another.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Erco on November 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am very disappointed, could not force myself to finish it! This book should not be recommended for University programs. It is biased, full of stereotyping, and has "popular", rather than scientific references (with all my respect to Daniel Goldman's Emotional Intelligence commercial success). Textbooks should be professional and free of political agendas.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on March 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had to read this book as part of my grad school program, but found every chapter a chore. As has been said before, the authors' political bias and agenda permeates nearly every page, and the chapters that aren't directly written by McGoldrick and Carter, although more promising, are still etched with this harmful bias. Having read other writings by McGoldrick especially, I was not entirely surprised by this bias, but to find it so codified and oppressive in a textbook is inexcusable.

Another huge complaint is how dated the book is. Yes it received a new edition, but most of the academic references are no more recent than 1997 or so, and the cultural references are so horribly out of date (at least 2 references to the Dan Quayle/Murphy Brown controversy in a 2005 book anyone?) that its usefulness is in question. It is unfortunate that there is apparently no better textbook dealing with the family life cycle than this angry, biased, pessimistic, closed-minded and out-dated textbook. There is some good information scattered here and there, but I think most critical thinkers will be working so hard to see it through the political haze they will have a hard time finding it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine Giarmo, Ph.D. on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The writers of this book attempt to mask their political agenda as facts needed in order to work in family therapy. Instead of providing insight into the problems and challenges of family therapy the reader is delugued with opinions with are anti-male, anti-marriage, and racist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SaraB on October 10, 2011
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I had to buy this for a graduate school class. This book has very little relevant information and is quite biased in its outlook. That is besides being quite wordy, talks in a round-about manner and it takes a long time to get through a chapter. I gave it 2 stars since there was something (not too much) that I learned from the book that I didn't already know from logic, reasoning or another class. There must be a better textbook out there on the Family Life Cycle, because this isn't one of them!
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By litsa3 on December 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The lack of practical, usable information in this book was unbelievable. Maybe if you have never, ever, in any way considered these issues it would be helpful, but I doubt it, as there was nothing that delved beyond surface, common sense information. The gross overgenderalizations about race and culture were offesive and shocking coming from people in the field. The only thing I took from the book was a heightened awareness of the judgemental biases of people -- even those claiming to be fighting against those things.
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