McHale, James P., & Grolnick, Wendy S. . Retrospect and Prospect in the Psychological Study of Families – Eds – Book Review
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002. 378pp. $36.00 (h).
What do we know about families? And how can this information be used to inform clinical intervention and public policy? Social science theory and research weigh in on these politically loaded questions in Retrospect and Prospect in the Psychological Study of Families. Presenting chapters by eleven leading thinkers and researchers in the field of family psychology, this volume offers exciting new directions for future research. Topics include mothering, fathering, marriages, family group processes, sibling relations, and families as systems. In addition, the book explores family influences on child development and discusses how this knowledge could be used to benefit families and children. A particularly innovative chapter covers the interface of family research and law, and a final chapter sets an agenda for research over the next decade.
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