In spite of enormous changes in its structure and functioning, the family is still the main context in which most people are brought up.
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The transition to parenthood for the first time is unsettling, exciting, and profound
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Publication Title: Families as relationships.
Publication Author: R. M. Milardo & S. Duck (Eds.)
Publisher, year of publication: John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2000.
This volume provides a wide-ranging look at family functioning from the particular perspective of personal relationships. The approach taken emphasises the functional, or process, nature of families rather than the structural or systemic approaches that have typically dominated family therapy. The chapters cover a wide range of relationships including parent-child, spousal, and relationships with people outside the family. As well as individual relationships, the various authors address family life cycle transitions such as the early years of marriage with the introduction of children, children growing up, divorce, and the inclusion of elderly parents into families. In this review, I will describe some of the aspects that I liked and some of the aspects I didn’t like.
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It’s 10am on a Saturday and the Jones family are very busy. Mike (the dad) is taking James (the 12-year old son) to soccer; Joan (the mum) is helping Brittany (the 10-year old daughter) make a puppet for her school project, while Nathan (the 6-year old son) is racing through the house chasing the dog in a hectic game of tag. This family went to see a psychologist yesterday because they are worried about James’s angry outbursts at school and at home.
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