Family Policy Matters How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do

ISBN-10: 0415844487
ISBN-13: 9780415844482
Edition: 3rd 2014 (Revised)
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List price: $72.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/13/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

This best-selling text integrates the latest research and cutting-edge practice to make an evidence-based case for family policy. This book uses examples from around the globe to explain how families support society and how policies support families. The book also moves beyond analysis to action with pragmatic processes and procedures for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of policies by viewing them through the lens of family impact. Highlights of the new edition include:Extensive revisions with many new references and policies that reflect recent changes in the economy, politics, and family forms and functions.Many new learning tools including guiding questions, more tables and figures, key terms defined chapter glossaries, discussion questions, and chapter summaries.Enhanced global perspective with a new chapter (5) that features what policies nations have put in place to strengthen and support families. New chapter (8) that views how family considerations can improve the effectiveness of policy decisions on issues such as early childhood care and education, health care, juvenile crime, long-term care, parent education, and welfare reform. New chapter (11) on what the policy process and policymakers are really like--what forces guide policy decisions and how policymaking institutions operate.New chapter (12) that provides a theoretical and empirical rationale for why to view issues through the family impact lens and what innovative tools and procedures exist for analyzing the family impact of organizations, policies, programs, and practices.Several chapters that review what professionals can do in the policy arena and how to do it. Updated web-based teaching materials including sample syllabi, classroom activities and assignments, daily lesson plans, test questions, teaching insights, and more.Part 1 highlights what family policy is, why it's important, how family life in the United States differs from other countries, and what family policies exist around the world to strengthen and support families. Part 2 examines whether families are a legitimate target of policymaking and what contributions family considerations can bring to issues such as early childhood education, health care, juvenile crime, long-term care, and welfare reform. Part 3 provides a theory that explains why polarization has stymied progress in family policymaking and what practical guidance exists for fostering compromise and common ground. Insights and inspiration are drawn from the history of family policy over the last century. Part 4 provides strategies for getting involved in family policymaking. It reviews: the processes policymaking institutions use to enact legislation; new tools and techniques for assessing the family impact of policies and programs; strategies for building better public policies for families from the award-winning Family Impact Seminars, now operating in 21 states and the District of Columbia; and various professional roles and careers for building family policy. The book concludes with a summary of how and where we go from here. Intended for advanced undergraduate and/or graduate courses in family or social policy taught in human development and family studies, psychology, counseling, social work, sociology, public policy, home economics, consumer science, and education. Researchers and practitioners alike appreciate this book's integration of theory, research, and practice.

Dr. Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Family Policy Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Since its inception in 1993, Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars--a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions for state policymakers. Since 1999, she has directed the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars, which is currently providing technical assistance to 28 sites across the country conducting or planning to conduct Family Impact Seminars in their state capitals. Dr. Bogenschneider�s book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do , is in its second edition. She was invited to write the family policy decade review for the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2000 and 2010 (along with Tom Corbett). Dr. Bogenschneider is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and has received numerous awards for her scholarship and outreach programs.Dr. Thomas J. Corbett served as Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty for several years until his retirement and remains an active affiliate. He has long studied social assistance systems that affect the well-being of disadvantaged families and has explored methods for assessing program effectiveness including service on a National Academy of Sciences expert panel examining methods for evaluating contemporary welfare reform. He co-edited a book with Mary Clare Lennon titled Policy Into Action and has worked on poverty-related policy issues at all levels of government, including a year as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he worked on national welfare reform.

The Rationale for Family Policymaking
From the Reluctant Student to Passionate Proponent: How Youth have Used Family Policy to Change the World
Why We Should Focus on Families in Policymaking, and Why We Don't
Defining Family Policy: An Identity of Its Own
Policies and Practices Biased Toward Individual Rights over Family Responsibilities
How Families Support Society and How Societies Support Families: A Global View
How Society Shapes Families: A U.S. View
Viewing Policies and Programs through the Family Impact Lens
Families as a Legitmate Focus on Public Policy: Yesterday and Today
How Current Policy Issues can Benefit from the Family Impact Lens
Using Theory and Practice to Advance Enduring Family Policy in the 21st Century
Bridging Controversy and Building Consensus: The Theory of Paradox
Looking Back to Move Forward: Lessons from the History of Family Policy
Strategies for Getting Involved in Family Policymaking
What Policymakers and the Policy Process are Really Like
Building Family-Focused Policy: The Family Impact Lens Toolkit
Building Evidence-Based Family Policy: Insights from the Family Impact Seminars
Deciding What You Can Do: Careers in Family Policy
Approaches for Getting Involved in Family Policy: Advocacy or Education
Making Family Policy Matter: Moving from Analysis to Action

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