Titel: Families with Adolescents
Autoren/Herausgeber: Stephen Gavazzi
Aus der Reihe: Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Gewicht: 338 g
Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University, and Lead Director of the OSU Center for Family Research. During the past 20 years at Ohio State, Dr. Gavazzi has established a research program that identifies the impact of family dynamics on youth development, psychopathology, and problem behavior. This work has been supported by more than $4 million in grants from a wide variety of federal, state, and private sources. He also is a trained Family Therapist, thus bringing an applied clinical perspective to his work. Dr. Gavazzi has been involved in the development and evaluation of a number of family-based programming efforts, including a multifamily psychoeducational group for families containing children with mood disorders, as well as a strength-based program for families who have adolescents involved in some aspect of the juvenile court. Most recently, he has been involved in the development of the Global Risk Assessment Device, a web-based instrument designed to generate information that assists professionals in making appropriate service referrals for at-risk youth and their families.
From a family development perspective, there continues to be growing interest in the study of marriage and family topics, and a parallel number of books that cover such issues. In these books, families with adolescents typically are treated as a single chapter, again with greater emphasis on research-based information. Still other books have a very narrow focus on family-based interventions, and, often as not, the treatment focus is on a single issue (e.g., substance abuse). Although rich in hands-on application material, these books typically contain little in the way of theory and research.
There is significant interest in the area of adolescence more generally, and a substantial number of books cover this topic from an individual development perspective. But no single book on the market today combines a theoretical, research, and application approach to the examination of families with adolescents. Many books underscore the importance of understanding the family context of adolescence and typically devote a single chapter to a review of relevant family-based research. Much less attention is given to application issues, and family theory is rarely if ever covered in these texts. Therefore, a book combining theoretical, research, and application topics is a much needed resource for this type of family-based information.
Adolescents and their Families is a valuable primary text for family scholars who have the opportunity to teach classes on topics pertaining to the families of adolescents, a practical secondary text for instructors of classes on family development, and a useful resource for prevention- and intervention-based professionals. The appeal of this book is greatly increased by its interdisciplinary approach, whereby literature from the family science field will be augmented with material from family-based work being conducted in psychology, sociology, social work, and other related fields.