Subject Area: Parenting & Family Studies

Age of Marriage in Ancient Rome
2003 0-7734-6665-7
This study provides a convenient review of the research done and various views held since the late 19th century on the age of marriage in ancient Roman society. It offers an hypothesis that explains the apparent discrepancy between the literary and epigraphic evidence. The age of marriage in Rome had important demographic implications. This study argues and demonstrates that, given the extremely high mortality rate in the Roman Empire, a very early age of marriage was desirable, especially for Roman girls, in order to ensure a reasonably stable population. This study will make a significant contribution to the area of Roman demography and social history.

Animal Abuse and Family Violence
2005 0-7734-6189-2
Recent studies have found high rates of coexistence between animal abuse and family violence. This study explores the resultant questions of how and why animal abuse and other forms of family violence frequently coexist. To address these questions information was gathered through in-depth, semi-standardized interviews with abused women who had at least one pet while they were with their abusive partner. This study focuses on the participants’ experiences and interpretations of how and why these forms of abuse coexist, and the degree to which the animal abuse perpetrated by their partners was instrumental or expressive. It is demonstrated in this book that animal abuse was predominantly instrumentalized by the participants’ abusive partners to gain power and control over them and their children, and it was additionally perpetrated out of jealousy in cases where the pet posed a threat to the attention and devotion the abuser received from his partner. Recommendations are made in light of these research findings, and further research in this area, and human-animal relations more generally, is urged.

Bickersteth Family World War II Diary. Dear Grandmother (Volume 1) 1939-1942
1999 0-7734-7904-X
This family account of life in Britain in wartime is as varied and richly textured as any that exists. The thoughts of old and young, the centrally involved and the isolated, jostle continuously. This volume contains insights into the ways of government and workings of Whitehall, the position of the Church of England, and the problems of education among a vast conscript army. It is also a unique social document of the manner in which the disruptions and danger of life were coped with during wartime. Beautiful descriptions of the Kentish landscape the home guard was defending combine with harrowingly poignant accounts of air-raid shelters in the slums of London.

Bickersteth Family World War II Diary. Dear Grandmother ( Volume 2) 1942- 1945
2000 0-7734-7633-4
This family account of life in Britain in wartime is as varied and richly textured as any that exists. The thoughts of old and young, the centrally involved and the isolated, jostle continuously. This volume contains insights into the ways of government and workings of Whitehall, the position of the Church of England, and the problems of education among a vast conscript army. It is also a unique social document of the manner in which the disruptions and danger of life were coped with during wartime. Beautiful descriptions of the Kentish landscape the home guard was defending combine with harrowingly poignant accounts of air-raid shelters in the slums of London.

Catholic Supporters of Same Gender Marriage. A Case Study of Human Dignity in a Multicultural Society
2009 0-7734-4854-3
This work presents the emerging theory of transcendent pluralism and its application in a study of Catholic supporters of same-gender marriage. Transcendent pluralism is an emerging knowledge and values-based theory of human dignity for addressing contemporary social issues rooted in human devaluation such as group bias, social injustice, health disparities, human rights violations, violent conflict and genocide. Transcendent pluralism is grounded in a philosophical explication of human dignity and has been influenced by the writings of twentieth-century philosopher and theologian, Bernard Lonergan. The legalization of same-gender marriage in Massachusetts brought the issue of bias against gays and lesbians into public discourse. During this controversial time, many of the theoretical constructs of transcendent pluralism were manifested, particularly among Catholics who support same-gender marriage. In order to investigate and refine the theory, a study was conducted of Catholic same-gender marriage supporters, using a qualitative research method adapted from Lonergan’s transcendental method. This work will appeal to people who are interested in cultural pluralism, group relations, philosophy, Lonergan studies, humanities, social justice, human rights, gay and lesbian studies, Catholicism, ethics, research methods, nursing and health disparities.

Changing Conceptions of the Child From the Renaissance to Post-Modernity
2006 0-7734-5645-7
Traces the connections between childhood and philosophy along multidisciplinary pathways in the humanities. Explores the significance of childhood in Western culture and modal subjectivity in the context, not just of philosophy, but of social and cultural history and the history of ideas, art, literature, mythology, spirituality, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, and educational theory.

Child and Coronary Heart Disease
2006 0-7734-5702-X
This book addresses the causes of coronary arterial disease. The inception of the intimal plaque is characterized essentially as the undue proliferation, for any of a number of reasons, of intimal cells, influenced by not only by genetic factors but by mitogens from the environment. There is little evidence of the participation of lipids during the initial stages, though this occurs later to varying degree.

There is good evidence that lesions may appear in the coronary arteries of infants and children, even to the point at times of calcium deposition in ‘normal’ subjects at birth. This, it is averred, points to the involvement of calcifying factors in the environment, notably Vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus. The central role played by intracellular and extracellular calcium is considered, particularly from the standpoint of their perturbation from environmental causes including infant feeding and chemical pollution.

The part played by calciphylaxis, in its original and derived meanings, is looked at with reference not only to end-stage renal disease but across a wider spectrum. The hazards of an environment replete with calcium, phosphorus and steroids are emphasized, while lipids are seen as having mainly an adjunctive rather than a causative influence on the evolution of coronary disease.

The current enthusiasm for increasing the intake of Vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus in the face of environmental surfeit is questioned as being in the best interests of public health.

Child as Emblem of the Nation in Twentieth-Century Irish Literature
2006 0-7734-5614-7
The Irish literary child has its nascence in earliest Celtic mythology and flourishes as an emblem of the Irish nation throughout Irish literature to the present day. This book concentrates on the development of this symbolic figure in twentieth century Irish poetry and prose and juxtaposes the figure of the literary child at any given point in the century with political and social conditions of Ireland at the time. The result of this pairing over the course of the century is the revelation of the paradigmatic nature of the child in Irish literature. As the nature of and challenges before this child evolve in literature, so does the nation of Ireland.

Child Rearing in Six Ethnic Families
2006 0-7734-6092-6
This volume reports the results of several empirical studies on indigenous and non-indigenous Dutch families conducted in the late nineties by leading Dutch experts on child rearing. The non-indigenous groups were chosen to represent the three major types of immigration to Holland: voluntary labor migrants (Turks, Moroccans and Chinese), colonial migrants (Surinamese Creoles) and refugees (Somalis). The studies were conceived in response to a government initiative to obtain information regarding “normal family life” in contemporary Dutch society. Their goal was to facilitate prevention and intervention in the field of child welfare and parental support.

Children of Our Time Words and Lives of Fourth World Children
1981 0-88946-911-3
Presents comments from poor children concerning their lives, their problems, their families, and their view of the world. The editors offer their own interpretation of the children's words.

Children’s Rights, State Intervention, Custody and Divorce. Contradictions in Ethics and Family Law
2005 0-7734-6049-7
This book is about four philosophical problems that arise from consideration of the legal relationship of the state to the family and the ethical relationship of individuals within families: Do children have the same rights enjoyed by adults under the United States Constitution? What are the conditions under which the state is justified in intervening in the family in order to protect children and other family members? What standards should the state adopt to resolve disputes between parents and others over child or embryo custody? Can traditional ethical theory be used to resolve moral problems arising within families? Several solutions to each of these problems are presented and subjected to critical examination. Emerging from this study is a foundation for the development of a consistent theory of family law and family ethics that will stimulate and advance scholarship in the philosophy of law and social ethics

Christian Household: A Sermonic Treatise
1991 0-88946-360-3
Nine sermons, covering such topics as marriage, child-rearing, hospitality, charity, and domestic staff.

Christian Marriage Today- Growth or Breakdown ?
1984 0-88946-707-2
Examines the historical, sociological, legal, philosophical, and theological background of modern attitudes toward sexuality and marriage.

Conjugal Relationships of African and African Americans. A Socio- Cultural Analysis
2016 1-4955-0415-8
Investigates whether racial and historical connections assist in the success of African and African-American relationships, or if cultural and patriarchal differences threaten the success of these relationships. The research centers on establishing the success and failure rates of these relationships, and the extent to which racial and educational homogeneity, strong family and head-of-household characteristics on the part of African males and matrilineal and cultural descent attributes demonstrated on the part of Black females is at the core of the attraction.


Critical Edition of Josephine Lawrence’s years are So Long (1934)
2012 0-7734-2596-9
This critical edition is the first to examine and return to print, a glimpse of the relationship between adult children and their elderly parents in Depression-era America. Years Are So Long presents the difficulties of both parents and grown children with equal dispassion, judging neither parents nor children as they cope with painful circumstances. Yet, without alluding to contemporary debate on the care for the elderly, Years Are So Long makes the terms of that debate painfully vivid for the reader.

Critical Edition of Penelope Aubin’s Translation of Mme. Gillot De Beaucour’s the Adventures of the Prince of Clermont, and Madam De Ravezan (1722)
2003 0-7734-6610-X
Set in 17th-century France, this novel tells how love gets around obstacles to fulfill its objective in the celebration of marriage. The main story of Madam de Ravezan and her Prince is developed as an echo of the story of her parents, and a template for the story of her children. This novel is a perfect example of what constituted the taste of the reader in late 17th-century France and early 18th-century England. In terms of narrative techniques, it is also an illustration of the evolution of the genre toward modernity.

Cross Cultural Exploration of Wife Abuse Problems and Prospects
1997 0-7734-8517-1
New articles by internationally-known scholars in the area of interpersonal violence. The work and orientation are truly interdisciplinary, ranging from anthropology, psychology, women's studies to public policy and sociology. The articles explore both methodological and theoretical issues on wife abuse, shed light on existing debates in the field, often raising new and intriguing questions.

Cross Cultural Study of Family Photographs in India, China, Japan and the United States
2002 0-7734-7299-1
This study determined that there are significant differences in subject content, visual style, and expression of cultural values in the photo collections, and that these are most strongly linked to differences in the parent culture, class, and gender. The effect of immigration is a dominant factor. “. . . until this book by Geoffrey Poister no one has done a systematic cross-cultural study of family photography. Poister not only looks at the private pictures of kin in their everyday worlds but also analyzes how family photography constructs family life. The author does not rely on methods that might distance him or us from his subjects, he gets close and personal using long interviews and participant observation on location, in homes. Poister reveals how photograph albums capture an idealized romantic version of the nuclear family. . . . By integrating the study of visual culture and family life, Poister’s innovative scholarship makes a contribution to many fields including sociology, anthropology, communications, and human development. This is both an insightful and richly descriptive book, one that will keep you reflecting about your own life and how you picture it.” – Robert Bogdan

Dance of the Carbon Atom
1995 0-7734-2723-6
A journey about life and love on both the personal and universal level, dealing with a woman's experience of sexual abuse as a child; the death of the father who abused her; the ultimate abandonment of her remaining family, her survival.

Developing the Whole Child - The Importance of the Emotional, Social, Moral, and Spiritual in Early Years Education and Care
2004 0-7734-6166-3
The critical importance of the early years is now recognized and it is widely acknowledged that early learning and experience remain crucial to all later development. A limited amount of publications are beginning to address the emotional and social domain. However, there are few if any publications which address the important areas of moral and spiritual growth. This book addresses the emotional, social, moral and spiritual progress of the young child. One of the vital aspects of this book is its proposal to optimize the progress of these areas within the context of the whole child. Its use of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as its structural base to outline the needs of children provides a very useful framework for the reader to fully comprehend just what is involved. Though written by an Irish author the book tackles developmental areas and indeed philosophical questions which are important all over the world. The book shows that at present we are not doing the best for our children and the negative repercussions of this are being felt in homes, schools, communities and in societies worldwide. The author suggests that the best possible opportunities and experiences must be provided for children in those vital early years so that children have happy and fulfilling experiences. The book puts the onus on the reader to start making changes immediately. If we ignore this book’s contents we do so at our peril. Thus this book makes a very valuable contribution to scholarship and one that can not be ignored.

Development of Children’s Rights in Africa and Europe: Comparing Legislation in Ghana and Northern Ireland
2010 0-7734-3746-0
This book is the first to compare the primary child care legislation of a developed and a developing jurisdiction influenced by English juristic ideas. In addition, the empirical findings are indicative that there is more than one specific conceptualisation of children’s rights; to ensure provision, protection and/or participation rights of the child. It also revealed that the type of rights being advanced and implemented is the interest rights of the child.

Ecological Perspective in Family-Centered Therapy
1993 0-7734-9362-X
This book presents a combination of salient theoretical concepts, with closely related examples of practice themes in family health services. A major emphasis is its focus on family strengths and how these can be utilized. From an ecological perspective, this text emphasizes the uses of a multi-resource base. Eleven chapters provide a wide array of options for strategies of change. The flexibility and creativity of alternate routes to family change are a unique characteristic of this text. The presentation of a number of interventions with families from an ecological perspective is of interest to educators, professionals, and students involved in the teaching and practice of family therapy offered by departments including nursing, psychiatry, psychology, and social work.

Education in the Japanese Life Cycle. Implications for the United States
1992 0-7734-9609-2
This study describes and analyzes the varieties of educational experiences of Japanese from infancy through old age. It also compares these experiences with those of Americans. It is an integration of the major findings of American and Japanese scholars of education, the author's own research, and the reactions of American scholars. Each chapter contains both general information and illustrative case studies. Unlike other studies of the Japanese education system, it examines not only the formal education systems but also the roles of the family, the adult kendo or English conversation club, workplace on-the-job training, and senior citizens organizations, providing a unique and realistic perspective on the subject.

English Translation of Bachofen’s mutterrecht (mother Right) (1861) a Study of the Religious and Juridical Aspects of Gynecocracy in the Ancient World
2005 0-7734-6298-8
Mutterrecht (Mother Right) by Johann Jakob Bachofen was the seminal document of the 19th century concerning the role of women in ancient societies. Bachofen documented that motherhood is the source of human society, religion, morality, and decency in societies including Lycia, Crete, Greece, Egypt, India, Central Asia, Northern Africa, and Spain. He concluded the work by connecting ancient mother right with Christianity. Bachofen’s theory of cultural evolution incited a virtual ‘mother-mania’ among ethnologists, social philosophers, and even writers, among them Lewis Henry Morgan, Friedrich Engels, Joseph Campbell, Robert Graves, Thomas Mann, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

This five-volume translation will be produced at the rate of one volume per year.

Essays and Scripts on How Mothers are Portrayed in the Theater: A Neglected Frontier of Feminist Scholarship
2010 0-7734-3779-7
This collection examines the nexus of mothering, feminism, and theatre. The work examines the portrayals of mothers in literature and on the performance stage, and makes a contribution to studies in dramatic literature, women’s studies, feminist theory, and theatre history.

Essays on Issues in Applied Developmental Psychology and Child Psychiatry
2000 0-7734-7519-2


Evaluating the Effects of Polygamy on Women and Children in Four North American Mormon Fundamentalist Groups: An Anthropological Study
2008 0-7734-4939-6
Highlights many of the inherent problems of polygyny, but challenges the media-driven depiction of plural marriage as uniformly abusive and harmful to women, criticizing techniques used by state and federal governments used to raid entire communities as they did in the 1950s and in April of 2008. This book contains six black and white photographs and two color photographs.

Evolution of a Quaker Community
2006 0-7734-5568-X
There is a deep and troublesome dilemma facing believers in a variety of minority religions and sects: how to resolve the demands of their faith and yet participate in the larger community. In Biblical language, the question is how to be in the world but not of it. The Religious Society of Friends in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Pennsylvania was one such religious group. This book explores the dilemma by means of a micro-study of one congregation (monthly meeting) and the seventeen surname families that were part of that meeting for one hundred years. The individuals in those families inevitably faced choices and made decisions between the requirements of their faith and the demands and opportunities of the dominant culture.

Between 1750 and 1850, the period studied here, a number of major events took place that tested Friends. These include, among others, the Revolutionary War, economic growth and depression, the evangelical revival movement, Jacksonian democracy with its accompanying political and social changes, the treatment of Native Americans, and reform movements ranging from abolition to temperance. There were also major movements within the Religious Society of Friends: a reform impulse that included antislavery, and a major division or separation in 1827. The Religious Society was both a stable and a dynamic force as it and its individual members sought to chart their course through the buffeting, challenges, and opportunities posed by the larger society and within their own group.

The in-depth analysis over time of individuals within the matrix of their family and faith community provides insight not usually gained from aggregate data. For example, family patterns are seen to have a much larger influence than most studies indicate. This is, of course, consonant with our own personal experience.

There are chapters that deal with a series of major and less obvious issues between 1750 and 1850. A reader interested in a more nuanced exploration of them would benefit from the insights of this book. Issues include the mid-seventeenth century reform movement within the Religious Society of Friends, including antislavery. There is an interesting examination of the Revolutionary War and Friends’ peace testimony as played out among the individuals who were simultaneously impacted by the reform movement. The book explores the way Friends, individually and corporately, dealt with the triumph of market capitalism.

Experience of Minority Mothers with Early Childhood Deaf Education Programs
2007 0-7734-5261-3
This qualitative investigation examines the experiences of eight mothers or female guardians of hearing-impaired children with their children’s deaf education programs. All the research participants were members of linguistic or cultural minority groups living in the greater New York Metropolitan area. The analysis of the data revealed the intense responsibility that rests on these women for the education of their hearing-impaired children.

Families - The Key to a Prosperous and Compassionate Society for the 21st Century
1999 0-7734-8265-2
A cross-disciplinary social policy book, whose central theme is that a successful nation for the 21st century requires highly motivated, moral, and educated citizens. The authors link most of the problems of the urban ghetto, crime, welfare, drug abuse, and falling education standards to the weakening of the family. The second section of the book describes how personality and character are influenced by the family. The final third presents solutions. These integrate cross-disciplining perspectives to yield unique solutions based on strengthening the private as opposed to the public governmental segment of society.

Family Dynamics for Physicians Guidelines to Assessment and Treatment
1985 0-88946-129-5
An analysis of the way that the social dynamics of the family affects the health and/or illness of its members. Deals with several specific parameters and provides a diagnostic instrument for use by physicians and other members of the healing professions.

Family Lineage Records as a Resource for Korean History
2007 0-7734-5339-3
This book presents, amplifies, and breathes life into a sample of a Korean lineage records, and as such, seeks to fill the gap in scholarship that lies between simple recognition of the existence of these chokpo and a deeper comprehension of their contents. It erases the mystique surrounding Korean lineage records and makes these records accessible to any English speaking reader. By examining one family line in great detail, readers will be introduced to this unique Korean asset, and the wealth of material hidden in these volumes. This book contains 12 Color Photos and 15 Black and White Photos

Family Support Act of 1988 a Case Study of Welfare Policy in the 1980s
2002 0-7734-7226-6
This study makes in important contribution to understanding the politics of policy-making by exploring the relationship between political ideology, public opinion, and social welfare policy. It investigates this linkage through a case study of the Family Support Act of 1988. Findings are based on analysis of Congressional hearings and debates, news media editorials and commentaries (over three years), Congressional interviews, and documentary evidence obtained from the private legislative files of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the legislative sponsor. The latter, exclusive access to the files, provides the study with a unique perspective: it enables a ‘policy story’ to be told using ‘insiders’ information. Prevailing notions about poverty, dependency and welfare, and the role of government are examined and placed within in a theoretical framework grounded in individualistic and structuralist perspectives. “. . . argues that, trapped within an intensifying individualistic discourse which blamed women’s attitudinal and behavioral deficiencies for poverty, the Family Support Act of 1988 necessarily failed to address the structural sources of female-headed family poverty and set the tone for the even more punitive and coercive Personal Responsibility Act of 1996. This book connects a history of social welfare ideas in the 1980s to a micro-analysis of the legislative process, showing how ideas are embodied in legislation. . . . Deprez shows in meticulous detail how these ideas turned up in editorials, opinion columns, and congressional hearings.” – Peggy Kahn

Female Autonomy, Family Decision Making, and Demographic Behavior in Africa
1999 0-7734-7981-3
This volume presents an important, in-depth study that addresses multiple links between reproduction, women’s status, and the family. The original research, conducted as the Ghana Female Autonomy Micro Study, was designed to collect information about the nature of spousal relations and the extent to which changes in the position of women affect demographic change in Ghana.

Feminist Mothering in Theory and Practice, 1985-1995: A Study in Transformative Politics
2009 0-7734-4709-1
Absent from feminist discourse on mothering is a sustained examination of the interconnection between feminism and mothering, and an exploration of the lived realities of women who are mothering as feminists. This book addresses these deficiencies by exploring how particular feminist mothers at the end of the 20th century view motherhood, how they choose to parent from a position informed by that understanding and how their mothering influences their feminism.

First Decade of Life Volume 1. Birth to Age Five: Development in the Preschool Years
1997 0-7734-8702-6
The two volumes of this publication attempt to explain by multivariate analysis how selected factors influence the course of growth in an expanding set of behavioral domains. The explanatory power of the variables in four models varies considerably; some areas of child growth emerge as powerfully influenced by mutable circumstance, while others remain enigmatic. The research program described here has been paralleled in recent decades by others as prospective longitudinal study has returned to fashion.

A reprint, with a new introduction, of the author's Development in the Preschool Years with a new Foreword. A thorough longitudinal study, this volume describes and analyzes the psychological, social, and educational development of some 1000 children in the St. Louis area. Using biological, social, family, and maternal information, the author examines the physical, motor intellectual, linguistic, and social development. Sample includes black and white children, both inner-city and suburban, ranging in background from poor to wealthy. Originally published in 1980.

From the base reported in Volume I, the data of this work extend the sequence of events in several domains to age ten years. The predictors series consists of four arrays of variables from the early phases of child development. The earliest predictors were identified in the delivery room, and others were added in the preschool years. Here, the same children are studied from age five to ten, and the set of variables arrayed as potential influences in the same four models continues from the preschool period, with a few modifications.

Form and Function of Ritual Dialogue in the Marriage Traditions of Celtic-Language Cultures
2007 0-7734-5328-8
The study examines the form and function of ritual dialogue in marriage traditions, paying particular attention to the betrothal ceremony or rèiteach in Gaelic Scotland, along with analogues in Brittany and Wales, while also exploring the relationship between the ritual dialogues and traditions such as flyting and bardic contest. What emerges is a picture of the multi-referential potential of this form of ritual speech and the symbolic significance which lies behind the surface meaning. The human drama of marriage is seen to be submerged within an all-encompassing symbolic event which adopts as its structure the spirit of conflict, dramatising the give and take of the relationship the community both desires and fears.

Foundations of Special Education Leadership
2006 0-7734-5792-5
This work focuses on the foundations of special education and details the history of the field. The work describes how special education became law and how it has impacted education in today’s academic world. It describes the placement of students, the rights of parents, the writing of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the process of learning and how it takes place. This work also describes in detail the laws that govern special education and how these laws impact teachers, parents, administrators, and students who receive services. The book describes the types of services available to students with special needs.

This book describes in detail the laws that regulate special education and how these laws came to be. It provides the reader with an understanding of the influence parents had in the development of these laws and it gives a careful review of what these laws mean to today’s educational leader. This book would be an important starting point for anyone who is unfamiliar with the governance of special education and the implications for running a school.

This work describes and defines educational leadership as it relates to special education. It discusses the characteristics of good leaders in the field while enumerating on school quality. It provides an overview of how special education is governed and how different constituencies are responsible for ensuring that federal law is followed. From the school principal to the director of special education, this book includes the steps that are necessary for quality leadership in the field.

Additionally, the book traces some historical aspects of leadership and relates these aspects to modern educational thought. The theory of effective leadership is covered as are current trends and characteristics that make effective leaders. It also discusses those characteristics that make for effective leadership in special education. The work includes a discussion of how modern educational leaders can be successful when working with a diverse population of students.

Government Youth Policy in Australia, 1788-2000
2007 0-7734-5604-X
This book examines both the history and intent of youth policy in Australia. It investigates government intervention with youth from colonization through to the post-Federation era, challenging claims that youth policy is of relatively recent origin. A key concern of the book is with the logic of intervention. It utilizes an historical policy analysis to argue that governments in Australia typically seek to manage young people on behalf of the state. The book reveals that youth policy in Australia is not, as popularly imagined, invariably called into existence on behalf of youth. It shows instead that youth policy is often designed for the purpose of making use of youth. The book also maintains that generational interests have influenced the direction of youth policy in Australia. In examining various interventions over the years, it argues that youth policy is often mounted on a perception of youth as both a potential resource of the state that should be harnessed in its service and a problem population that needs to be contained, controlled and disciplined.

Hegel's Concept of Marriage and Family. The Origin of Subjective Freedom
1987 0-88946-022-1


Historical Perspective of Helping Practices Associated with Birth, Marriage and Death Among Chamorros in Guam
2000 0-7734-7677-6
Ethnographic research focuses on traditional forms of reciprocity within social networks and examines changes that have occurred as a consequence of rapid Westernization. Methods of data collection include informal interviewing, participant observation, collection of life histories, and documentation of family genealogies. Differences explored include variations between genders, across age cohorts, levels of formal education, and comprehension of the Chamorro language. With illustrations.

History of the Kansas Orphans’ Home, 1887-1962. The Professionalization of Charity
2010 0-7734-3667-7
This case study combines James C. Scott’s theory of high-modern social engineering with economic and evolutionary theories of altruism and reciprocal altruism to analyze and interpret the text and quantitative data in reports spanning 1887 through 1963 from the Kansas Orphans’ Home.

History of the Present of Child Protection and Welfare Social Work in Ireland
2004 0-7734-6405-0
This book is the first detailed history of child protection and welfare social work practice in the Republic of Ireland, providing a comprehensive and in-depth account of the development of social work within the child protection and welfare system in the Republic of Ireland. Drawing on a broad range of archival sources, the book illuminates the complex and often contradictory nature of child welfare practices over the period 1862-1991. The archival data provided in the book should provide an excellent starting point for persons interested in furthering the study of the nature of child welfare and/or social work in the Republic of Ireland.

The book applies a methodology of a history of the present in a rigorous manner, drawing from Foucault’s conceptualizations of archaeology, genealogy, and discourse. The book attempts to deconstruct and reconstruct the theorization of social work in ‘the social’ (Foucault, 1977; Donzelot, 1980, Parton, 1991) within the context of Irish social work. It is likely that both the methodological and theoretical aspects of this book, applied in such a grounded way, will be of great interest to a broad audience of social scientists and historians.

History, Myth and Ritual in the Fiction of John Mcgahern Strategies of Transcendence
2002 0-7734-7018-2
For this study of the fiction of Irish writer McGahern, one of the prominent writers to follow the generation of James Joyce, White (Presentation College, UK) talked extensively with McGahern and studied all of his published novels and short stories. White finds a variety of themes in McGahern's work, including a sense of social fragmentation, the role of ritual in sustaining the hope of transformation, and the hierarchical structure of the family. Running throughout McGahern's work is the hope for a possibility of transcendence to an ideal world.

Hollywood Romantic Comedies of the Fifties: A Critical Study of a Film Genre
2013 0-7734-3940-4
This text examines the transformative and countercultural nature of romantic comedies of the 1950s.

It is the first to analyze the transformative and countercultural nature of romantic comedies from the 1950s, a genre heretofore considered largely uncritical of the then-dominant culture.

How Biographers Ignore the Influence of Mothers in the Lives of Great Men: The Patriarchal Suppression of the Role of Women in World History (85 Case Studies)
2015 1-4955-0335-6
This work examines eighty-five biographies of great men to determine the extent to which the biographers, who recorded their lives, considered or failed to consider the influence of the subjects’ mothers to their contributions to history, literature, the arts, and sciences.

How Do High School Students Make the Transition to University? Factors Contributing to Success or Failure
2010 0-7734-1318-9
This qualitative study provides a framework for planning institutional change and considering present institutional practices by examining the challenges and rewards experienced by first-year students in regard to adapting to the academic and social culture of a large commuter university.

How Do the Partners of International Students Adapt and Contribute to Their Receiving Communities. A Sociological Study of a University Town
2015 0-7734-3511-5
The first study to examine the experiences of partners of international postgraduate students in the European context. A significant contribution to the current gap in literature on the subject aiding in our understanding of the trends involving international student migration from the point of view of those involved.

How Mothers Shaped Successful Sons and Created World History. The School of Infancy
2014 0-7734-0078-8
This is the first book to address the urgency of a mother’s desire to convey to her child what matters most to her and in particular to her son. It is by this vehicle of cultural transmission that women have principally acted in history to convey to their sons the legacy of their cultural experience.In tracing the cultural formation of sons by their mothers, this book opens a window on the intergenerational transmission of culture.

How the Academic Support of Parents, Teachers, and Peers Contributes to a Student's Achievement
2007 0-7734-5507-8
This book investigates student achievement in Hong Kong, using empirical quantitative study testing the hypothesis that Hong Kong students’ self-perceived academic support is related to their achievement. Structural equation modeling analyses revealed that the students’ perceived levels of parental, teacher, and peer support were all indirectly related to their academic achievement mediated by their own perceived academic engagement. In addition, both perceived parental support and perceived teacher support were also directly related to academic achievement, demonstrating that student achievement was a combined outcome of both direct and indirect effects of perceived support from parents and teachers. Comparatively, however, perceived teacher support made the greatest contribution to student achievement. Perceived peer support had the smallest, nonetheless significant, indirect relationship to academic achievement. This study also revealed important gender differences as well as grade-level differences in the relationships of perceived academic support from parents, teachers, and peers to academic achievement directly and indirectly through perceived academic engagement.

How to Teach Children at Risk of Educational Failure: Coping with Poverty, Bullying, Disease, Crime, and Ethnicity
2005 0-7734-6173-6
This book is a history of the treatment and consideration given in American education to students who are now classified as “at-risk”. The term is a relatively recent coinage, reflecting the newness of educators’ recognition that a measurable portion of students, beyond those with evident physical and mental handicaps, have special educational needs. Comprehending what educators mean by the terms “at-risk”, which has become more an acknowledgement of economic disadvantage and less a categorization of biological abnormalities, is essential to understanding the ways in which such children have been treated throughout the development of the educational system in the United States.

Historically, the concept of compulsory education for all as an individual right and a societal necessity developed while the United States grew and matured into an industrialized nation, The changing way in which educators have looked on the problems presented by “at-risk” children represents a striking model for their refinement in thinking about education as a whole.

This book’s contribution to education will be to identify those students who may be at-risk and arouse those who work with at-risk students. This book also makes an effort to introduce some new ideas as to how to work with at-risk students of all types. This will be a useful guide to educators, teacher educators and those involved in educating young people as well as a valuable reference text for libraries and other research venues.

How What You Eat Defines Who You Are. The Food Theme in Four American Writers
2008 0-7734-4906-X
An examination of identity using the trope of food and the theory of multicultural feminism to analyze the relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, and an individual and his or her local community depicted in contemporary American fictional works—The Woman Warrior, The Color Purple, Love Medicine, and The Joy Luck Club—by minority women writers and their film adaptations, The Color Purple (1985) by Steven Spielberg and The Joy Luck Club (1993) by Wayne Wang.

Influence of Mass Media on Divorce Referenda in Ireland
2010 0-7734-3797-5
This work utilizes quantitative research methods to analyze twenty seven opinion polls dealing with the issue of constitutional change in Ireland. It provides a framework for anyone interested in understanding the intricate relationships between media, public opinion and constitutional ballot issues in an Irish/European context.

Interracial Marriage in Hawaii, 1983-1994
1997 0-7734-8426-4
This is the first extensive and in-depth analysis of longitudinal marriage data in Hawaii, a place known for its ethnic diversity and high intermarriage rate. The analysis examines the trends of intermarriage and probabilities of exogamy in selected ethnic groups, and explores racial relations based on these probabilities. Various theories of mate selection are reviewed, and the central theme of status homogamy is found to be strongly supported by evidence. Previous intermarriage studies were usually limited to two groups, but this book analyzes patterns of mate selection among fourteen ethnic groups. Continued intermarriage raises questions about how to measure and define race and ethnicity, and new methods are proposed to more accurately depict Hawaii's multiethnic population.

Jane Marie Grant- Strachey (1840-1928) and Her Eminent Children: A Study of Influence of a Mother on Her Sons
2015 1-4955-0312-7
This work examines Lady Strachey’s construction of the mother-son dyad as it involved particularly her eighth surviving child, Giles Lytton Strachey – the most noted among her collection of offspring – resulted not from her own ambitions or her own need to control others’ thoughts and actions, but from the outward display of her own ideals and practices that she exhibited, consciously or unconsciously, before, and transmitted to, her own children.

Legal Inequality of Muslim and Christian Marriages in Nigeria: Constitutionally Established Judicial Discrimination
2011 0-7734-1506-8
This book examines religious liberty and characteristics of Christian (canonical), Islamic and Traditional marriages together with those of the Nigerian statutory marriage. The author establishes religious liberty and equality as being beneficial to both individuals and the state.

Lone Mothers Between the Welfare State and Informal Support
2006 0-7734-5759-3
This book is concerned with the question of what role informal support networks play in the welfare mix of contemporary welfare states. Family and friends provide informal support on the one hand, and voluntary organizations on the other. Using data from 116 semi-structured interviews with lone mothers in the United Kingdom and Germany, the question of whether different welfare systems influence individual support mobilization strategies is investigated. Lone mothers were selected because of their limited earning capacities that often result in a life in poverty and social exclusion – for them and for their children. It was shown in this research that informal and formal support alleviates these effects and the research project is guided by four main objectives: (1) to map ways in which lone mothers mobilize support from different sources; (2) to investigate whether lone mothers develop support mobilization strategies in turning to formal and/or informal support sources; (3) to analyze whether differences in welfare state systems result in variances in informal support mobilization behavior; and finally, and (4) to evaluate the role and importance of voluntary organizations as support providers for lone mothers. Empirical evidence is provided to demonstrate that informal support networks influence the utilization of formal support. In contrast, variations in welfare state provision do not appear to have a significant impact on support mobilization behavior. Indeed, formal support mobilization is a function of demographic characteristics, influenced by receipts from means-tested benefits and the extent of informal support. The utilization of informal support was dependent on network structural and demographic variables, as well as reciprocity norms.

Marriage Among the Religions of the World
1990 0-88946-310-7
Provides insights and knowledge on the meaning and nature of marriage in the major religions of the world. Explores the ideals and models that have been set before young people, the extent to which religions determine law concerning marriage, and what stands these religions have taken on interfaith marriage.

Middle Class Novels of Arnold Bennett and Marie Corelli. Realising the Ideals and Emotions of Late Victorian Women
2010 0-7734-3739-8
This book builds on the large volume of existing literature that details the social, moral and economic context in which women of this era operated. It further complements the smaller body of existing writing that probes the interior lives of women. However, where as these latter works use personal documents, such as diaries and letters, to gain insight into the interior lives of mainly upper middle- and upper-class women, this study concentrates on women from the lower and middle levels of the middle classes and on those from the upper rungs of the lower classes.

Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967)
2009 0-7734-4885-3
This book examines the ethnic boundaries, social hierarchies within the ethnic boundaries and the accumulation, transaction and conversion of social and symbolic capital used to change group membership that allow or prohibit perceptions of belonging and not belonging for American Indian adoptees.

Neo-Functionalist Synthesis of Theories in Family Sociology
2005 0-7734-6271-6
Work constructs a Neo-functionalist theoretical framework that is built on Parsionian sociological theory with updated reflections through Neo-functionalism with a reliance on the sociological theorist, Jeffrey Alexander. The author outlines how theory is used, presents Parsons' theory of the family, critiques it, and with Neo-functionalist insights, creates the theoretical framework. Thereafter, using Boss et. al's and White and Klein's overviews of family theory, the author constructs four sets of integration that synthesizes exchange, symbolic interactionist, family development, systems, ecological, conflict, feminist, attachment, and the ecology of child development theoretical frameworks. He subsequently includes insights from family psychology in the synthesis and then integrates all into the Neo-functionalist theoretical framework. The text is concluded with an analysis of four data sets (two on child outcomes and two on adult outcomes) to test the framework. Results show that there is substantial evidence for the theoretical framework.

Non-Married Women and Asset Ownership: The Effects of Marital Status and Social Class on Wealth Accumulation
2008 0-7734-5371-7
Using census based data, this study examines whether or not differences in asset ownership for non-married women can be explained by race alone or whether other social and demographic variables help explain observed differences.

On the Problem of Surrogate Parenthood. Analyzing the Baby M Case
1987 0-88946-717-X
Addresses topics such as: Commodifying Motherhood; Motherhood as a Social Concept; and Bonding As A Sexist Notion.

Ordinal Position and Role Development of the Firstborn American Indian Daughter Within Her Family of Origin
2004 0-7734-6400-X
This book is based on an exploratory study whose purpose was to explore the variables that influenced and contributed to the role development of firstborn middle-aged American Indian daughters within their families of origin. It is the first research of its kind that explores the role development of the firstborn American Indian daughter within the context of her family of origin that was conducted by, for, and on behalf of, American Indian women. While there is a dearth of literature written about American Indian women, what has been written has been by Anglo men, based on studies of men, and whose findings are generally superimposed on women. This research is groundbreaking in that it gives voice to the middle-aged firstborn American Indian daughters studied within the context of ecological theory and in combination with self-in-relation and feminist theoretical perspectives.

This ethnographic study illuminates the everyday lives of the firstborn daughters whose role development was shaped and influenced by the experiences of their parents and grandparents, steeped in forced assimilation by U.S. government policies, who were removed from their own parents and sent to boarding schools. These ethnographic presentations of the women’s lives and families are moving the study of American Indians in new directions of viewing cultural history from an intimate feminist point of view. This book contributes to the historic writings of the American Indian cultural experience in America, as well as provides a new foundational insight into the role development of firstborn American Indian daughters within the context of their families, for deeper understanding by scholars and practice interventions for helping professionals across disciplines.

Parental Skills for Parenting Children of Color
1992 0-7734-1655-2
Major objective is to provide information that may be utilized by parents, grandparents, or any adult interested in creating a healthy environment for children. Includes chapters on the Development Process of the Personality of Children of Color; Parent-child Relationship; Children and the Home; Guiding the Behavior of Children; Positive Discipline; and Foster Parenting.

Philosophical Dialogue with Children. Essays on Theory and Practice
2010 0-7734-1430-4


Poverty, AIDS & Street Children in East Africa
2002 0-7734-7106-5


Preparation, Collaboration and Emphasis on the Family in School Counseling for the New Millennium
2000 0-7734-7847-7


Quaker Family Through Six Generations- the Passmores in America
1992 0-7734-9565-7
Based on extensive research in both original documents and secondary sources, this history begins with the origins of the family in late Medieval, Tudor, and Georgian England, then follows the lives of the American immigrant Passmores for the next five generations. Covers the Passmores who followed the frontier seeking homesteads as well as those who remained close to the original settlement in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland and Delaware. Of particular interest are the ways in which individuals related to their Quaker backgrounds, some standing within it, some rejecting or adapting it to the changing cultural context in America.

Religion, Kinship and Economy in Luapula, Zambia
1989 0-88946-190-2
Presents the thesis that organizational uncertainties - specifically a now-confusing family and kinship structure - present hindrances to economic development equal to lack of money and technology

Resilient Families of Ethiopia: Population Dynamics in a Society in Crisis
2014 0-7734-0062-1
An excellent scientific review of major medical, public health, and demographic peer-reviewed essays. Topical organization of chapters facilitates the identification of the papers of greatest substantive interest. The writing inspires both the scholar and the less technically-oriented reader to draw lessons on population demographics that will be an asset for those stakeholders and future policy-makers trying to increase human capital, promote social and economic development, and enhance family well-being in Ethiopia.

Responsibility of Parents for the Education of Their Children
2006 0-7734-5810-7
This book utilizes Foucault’s thinking about the practice of government to analyze how the parent is made responsible for educating the child in the name of freedom. It maps the rationality of freedom as a formula for power to govern the conduct of parents by fabricating the responsible parent that makes deviant ‘others’ as those who act outside the limits of certain prescribed actions.

Central to the work is an examination of the School Education Act 1999 (Western Australia) and associated contemporary material, analyzed to map the limits of freedom which specify certain actions to be undertaken by the parent in educating the child. This is prefaced by a historical account of different discourses on childhood as the will to truth that justify these limits by constraining other dangerous discourses in the present.

The book reveals how legislating as a practice of liberal government simultaneously accommodates two different discursive formations of freedom (positive and negative), thus producing a governmentality of fears and dreams about freedom. Such governmentality divides the community through the on-going production of ‘irresponsible others’ for the political purpose of inciting autonomous parents to constitute themselves as responsible.

Rights of the Unborn Child in International Law Volume One
1999 0-7734-7832-9
The aim of this work is to fill the lacuna which exists in international law concerning the rights of the unborn child. This book is a docification and progressive development of International law in this field with a view to proposing a Convention on the Human Rights of the Unborn Child. Volume is deals with Abortion and the right to life. Volume II deals with biotechnology and the human rights of the unborn child.

Role of Father Like Care in the Education of Young Black Males
2010 0-7734-3771-1
This qualitative study analyzes African American males’ perceptions of the tutor-tutee caring relationship within in home, one-on-one tutoring. The participants were seven African American males who currently attend this type of tutoring.

Role of Irish Women in the Writings of Edna O’brien: Mothering the Continuation of the Irish Nation
2010 0-7734-3672-3
This book examines the interconnections between nationalism and sexuality in Edna O’Brien’s writing. The work explores the connections between Irishness and sexual reproduction that define women as good Irish citizens, exposes the dysfunctions with rural communities that strive to contain women with limited roles and rewrites them to offer her female characters increased agency. This book contains two color photographs and eight black and white photographs.

Role of Knowledge and Culture in Child Care in Africa: A Sociological Study of Several Ethnic Groups in Kenya and Uganda
2012 0-7734-1583-1
This book examines early childhood development (ECD) in Africa. The authors study the positive and negative cultural practices of ethnic groups in Kenya and Uganda and their influence on ECD. While emphasizing the positive, the authors argue that negative local practices such as female genital mutilation, child marriage, and child labor must be challenged because they may violate human rights and are detrimental to the well-being of children. Significantly, the authors conclude that while the forces of globalization have begun to transform education and have led to cultural dissociation in Africa, positive ECD strategies must strengthen rather than supplant the natural and local realities for children.

Role of Motherhood in History. Factors Neglected by Patriarchal and Feminist Scholars
2015 1-4955-0395-X
“The issues raised here deserve close attention. If the maternal role in the cultural preparation of sons, and therefore in the transmission of culture across generations, has been largely overlooked, as I believe it has, then the time has come to ignore it no longer. It has important implications, perhaps unwelcome ones, some will feel, for the way we think about our schools and our families, and how we go about nurturing and advancing our civilizational heritage.”
-Dr. Margaret King
The Author




Rural Elderly in America
1999 0-7734-8186-9
Focus of this book is with the rural aged, nationally and internationally. This group is thought to, because of age and place, 'lag behind' in a modernizing or modern society, causing them to be ignored in social scientific literature. The book builds a foundation of knowledge about a population which relatively little is known. In addition the information about the elderly will serve as a test of a major thesis in sociology and anthropology concerning the adaptation of groups to social change.

Self-Image of Adolescents in the Protestant Family: A Study of Seventh-Day Adventist Families in Predominantly Orthodox Serbia
2013 0-7734-4331-2
The subject of this research is the analysis of Protestant family life and its effect on the self-image development of adolescents in Yugoslavian society which underwent a rapid transition from general animosity toward religion to overwhelming dominance of a traditional church. Within this environment the Protestant family is doubly condemned.
This book, based on empirical research and backed up by theoretical studies, seeks to examine psychological and social consequences of growing up in these conditions: how it affects their self-image, social relationships, mental health, social adjustment, but also their own religious views. Although based on experiences of Adventist families, the findings of this research are not restricted only to this Protestant group or to Protestantism in general.


Sex and Marriage in the Unification Movement a Sociological Study
1985 0-88946-861-3
The only full-scale study of the approach to sexuality and marriage doctrines of the Unification Church.

Sexual Realm in Long-Term Marriages a Longitudinal Study Following Marital Partners Over Twenty Years
1990 0-7734-9982-2


Sibling Relationships in Step Families. A Sociological Study
2008 0-7734-4971-X
A study examining levels of solidarity among full-, step-, and half-sibling groups in remarried families in the United States.

Social Consequences of Methamphetamine Use
2004 0-7734-6569-3
Analyzes the pharmacological effects, situational contexts and processual dynamics of methamphetamine use, distribution, and violence, using interviews. Evidence supports previous research that suggests continuity from youth aggression to adult violence. Findings indicate that long-term influences – family, psychological/personality, and peer factors lead to the development of fairly stable, slowly changing differences between individuals in their potential for violence.

Socio-Cultural Factors in Modern Family Planning in Tanzania
1989 0-88946-189-9
Clarifies the relationship between family planning and the general development of the Tanzanian population, with emphasis on: health-policy development in Tanzania; major health problems in Tanzania; and health-policy implementation in a developing country with a weak/poor economy.

Sociological Study of Street Children in Ghana: Victims of Kinship Breakdown and Rural-Urban Migration
2012 0-7734-1606-4
This work examines the plight of street children in Ghana and the insufficiencies of government programs designed to assist them.

Sociology of Mormon Kinship: The Place of Family Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints
2016 1-4955-0454-9
This sociological study of Mormon worldview and culture is a fresh and engaging ethnographic portrait of the contemporary lives of typical American Mormons. It accurately and comprehensively provides new insights on the ideology of family building within the varied Mormon communities of this once insular faith.


Strategies and Techniques in Family Health Practice for Empowering Children and Adolescents
2005 0-7734-6283-X
In contrast to the traditional deficit perspective of working with children and adolescents, this book presents a strengths based family health perspective. The roles and functions of the family are being redefined in every domain of family life - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, economic, cultural, and social. Embedded in each of these domains are the seeds of family life that can either be nurtured or left to wither and die. The profound challenge is how to identify the seeds to nurture and the seeds to leave uncultivated.

Structured Sensory Intervention for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents. Evidence Based Interventions to Alleviate Trauma
2002 0-7734-7347-5
The authors report detailed results of several research studies involving the SITCAP model, and offer compelling data attesting to its clinical efficacy. With the publication of this book, William Steele and Melvyn Raider have performed a valuable service both to young trauma victims and to the professionals who work with them.

Teaching Children with Aids
2000 0-7734-7823-X
This study examines changes in pre-service teachers’ knowledge, attitudes, and educational intent to implement HIV/AIDS classroom curriculum and universal precautions after participating in HIV/AIDS in-service training. Valuable pre-service teacher training information was obtained as questionnaire responses were recorded prior to and as a result of an in-service program for pre-service student teachers at a U. S. – Mexico border university.

Ten Basic Questions About Education
2006 0-7734-5630-9
This book, presuming that the makers of policies and everyday decisions on education do not employ an adequate understanding of education, undertakes an extended inquiry into the concept of education embedded in ordinary English discourse. After determining the framework of the conceptual meaning of education, the investigation then examines the logical implications of that meaning for various pertinent issues. Specifically, there are discussions of educability, education and the political order, reasoning as an educational content, and educational teaching. Some of the text relies on references to academic sources, while other parts use examples from pop culture and computer technology. The book’s final chapter is devoted to an application of the findings to some problems likely to be confronted by educational leaders in public schools today.

Two Families in Colonial Chile
1989 0-88946-491-X
A longitudinal history using a biographical approach to analyze the upper and middle levels of society in colonial Santiago, providing a more concrete understanding of social evolution in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Using a Family Perspective in Catholic Social Justice and Family Ministries
1995 0-7734-9428-6
This collection of papers examines the principles presented in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' document A Family Perspective in Church and Society in the context of Catholic social teaching, and develops implications for family policy and social justice concerns in the church. The first part examines recent trends and changes in family life and proposes a policy agenda for the 1990s that addresses these changes. The second part develops linkages between social justice and family life programs so that the former can incorporate a family perspective, and the latter can more effectively advocate for and empower families. It provides strategies for implementation in parishes, dioceses, human service programs and homes.

Victorian Family as Seen Through the Letters of Louise Creighton to Her Mother: 1872-1880. Edited and with an Introduction
1998 0-7734-8500-7
This collection of 161 letters provides a unique window into the intimate inner workings of a particular upper-middle-class Victorian household. The first letter was written on January 10, 1872 during Louise's honeymoon in Paris, and the last on November 30, 1880 just a few weeks before her mother's death. Louise Creighton was not only the wife and biographer of her famous husband, Bishop Mandell Creighton, but she has emerged as a moderate Christian feminist in an era when women's causes seemed to be generally articulated by more militant voices. The letters also reveal much about the academic and social life in Oxford and later in a quaint village in Northumberland where Louise records her duties as a vicar's wife. Other fascinating sections in her letters are the descriptions of managing her household of servants (cook, gardener, nurse, governess, maids and groom), shopping, planning her garden - the more impressive when remembering that during this period she was in her twenties. Both she and her husband wrote books, traveled frequently to the continent, entertained widely, and engaged in social life with the local gentry and county nobility. With illustrations.

Welfare as We Know It a Family-Level Analysis of Afdc Receipt
1997 0-7734-8670-4
This book examines one of the nation's most important and controversial antipoverty programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Using three years of data from two counties in Wisconsin, the authors examine poverty, how families initially become and continue to be eligible for AFDC, how welfare can be studied using an Event History Analysis, and program evaluation. Unlike most studies of welfare receipt, this volume examines the AFDC-Basic and AFDC-Unemployed Parent programs separately. It is must reading for anyone interested in poverty, AFDC, welfare reform, and program evaluation. To make informed decisions about reforming welfare, we must have strong grasp of how the current system works, and this timely book accomplishes that complex and necessary task.

What Can We Learn From the Study of Twins? An Evaluation of the Equal Environments Assumption
2012 0-7734-2907-7
Most evidence about genetic behavior comes from twin studies. The presumption is that this enables an equal environment assumption (EEA). This book argues that the validity of the EEA argument is not as strong as some behavior geneticists have claimed. Felson conducts the most comprehensive evaluation of the EEA to date. His analysis incorporates a larger more diverse set of outcome variables than any previous research on the subject.

Why Donor Insemination Requires Developments in Family Law
2007 0-7734-5257-5
This book examines the legal framework and practices surrounding licensed donor insemination in Britain at the end of the twentieth-century, together with a detailed consideration of the legislative and policy based changes in the early years of the twenty-first century. Drawing on interviews with single women, lesbian couples and heterosexual couples, this analysis focuses on the practical effects of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act for women and men who had sought access to and used this procedure. This qualitative study explores the complexities and significance of the legal construction of parenthood and ‘the family’, together with the (re)configurations of biogenetic ties in the context of families with children conceived through donor insemination.

Written Literacy Features of Three Puerto Rican Family Networks in Chicago. An Ethnographic Study
2001 0-7734-7641-5
Little study as been done on the Puerto Rican family as the nexus for the Puerto Rican youngster’s cultural experience and literacy. Puerto Ricans are the second largest Latino group in Chicago. Two-thirds of Puerto Ricans in Chicago have not finished high school; they are at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale; and over a quarter of Puerto Rican households receive welfare assistance. This study examines the patterns of language, literacy and learning in Puerto Rican families. It provides a basis for understanding the unique ways in which Puerto Ricans use language in the home, at school, and in other public spheres, and for developing the ‘bridging skills’ necessary to attain genuine multi-literacy.