Smooth Sailing or Stormy Waters? Family Transitions Through Adolescence and Their Implications for Practice and Policy

ISBN-10: 0805863052
ISBN-13: 9780805863055
Edition: 2007
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Description: "Smooth Sailing" enhances our understanding of the family' s transition through adolescence by examining qualitative data about the experiences of parents and teens across multiple relationships and social contexts. This volume follows the same 60  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

"Smooth Sailing" enhances our understanding of the family' s transition through adolescence by examining qualitative data about the experiences of parents and teens across multiple relationships and social contexts. This volume follows the same 60 families described in the authors' first book, "Becoming a Family, "and now, six years later, relates their stories" "about their transition from childhood to adolescence. Collectively, the two books provide a unique longitudinal perspective on family development using two distinct data collection formats and time frames. Interdisciplinary in nature, the book" "draws on theory and practice from the fields of social work, psychology, and sociology. "Smooth Sailing" reveals a picture of the transition to adolescence as it is influenced by intrafamily relationships as well as social context factors. Initial chapters lay the foundation for the study' s methods. Proceeding chapters present the participants' stories, organized by context-- developmental changes, interpersonal relationships, education, and work. Each chapter follows a similar format: an overview of past research; interview and coding techniques; and a presentation of parents' and teens' qualitative descriptions. Chapters also include an analysis of gender and conclude with implications for practice and policy. The final chapter in the book summarizes this work and looks ahead to the next developmental period, emerging adulthood. Intended for researchers in a variety of disciplines such as social work, psychology, and sociology, this volume also serves as a supplementary text for courses on the family and/or adolescent development.

Preface
Checking the Compass: Looking at the Family Inside and Out
Family
Adolescence
Theoretical Models
The Chapters
Navigating the Research Process: Methods and Processes
Participants
Procedures
The Coding Process
Theoretical and Practical Considerations and Implications
A Sea Change: Developmental Changes From Childhood to Adolescence
Puberty: Bodily Changes and Societal Reactions
Cognitive Development: Thinking, Reasoning, Challenging
Autonomy and Independence
Emotions
Behavior Problems and Parenting Concerns
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policy
All Hands on Deck: Relationship Processes Within and Outside Families
Understanding Relationships
Social Support and Relationship Quality
The Stories
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policy
Learning the Ropes: Education
Schools as Social Institutions
The Family-School Partnership
Schools as Social Environments
Success in School
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policy
Taking on Provisions: Work in the Lives of Families With Adolescents
Changing Contexts for Work and Family
The Family-Work Trajectory
Role Strain Versus Role Expansion
Budgeting Time for Work and Family
Job Continuity and Workplace Benefits
Adaptive Strategies
The Stories
Benefits of Work
Making Family Number One
Managing the Work-Family Connection
Fathers' Work Lives
Mothers' Work Lives
The Next Generation of Workers
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policy
Sailing Toward the Horizon: Moving Into Adulthood
Chapter Summaries
Emerging Adulthood
Important Predictors of Adult Outcomes: Risk and Protective Factors
Practice and Policy Overview
Conclusion
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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