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Child, Family, and Community

(8 reviews)

Rebecca Laff

Wendy Ruiz

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: College of the Canyons

Language: English

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Reviewed by Robbin Miller, Adjunct Faculty, Quinsigamond Community College on 6/9/21

The textbook can used for an Introductory class for students interested in the Human Service/Helping Professions. The textbook covers all topics related to children and families in their communities. The language is pretty simple to understand and... read more

Reviewed by Katie Swart, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston on 2/18/21

The text is appropriate for an introductory course on families. It covers an array of topics and provides definitions for important terms. A glossary of terms is recommended. read more

Reviewed by Kanoe Bunney, Education Program Lead, Lane Community College on 1/6/21

The book covers parenting styles, alternative types of families, cultural connections and multiple viewpoints. It doesn’t include a glossary of terms, rather, it explains the terms in context. A practical feature of this book is that it includes... read more

Reviewed by Dorothy Shapland, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 9/1/20

This text provides a very comprehensive background in family and child theories. It is lacking some depth in terms of practical applications, and does not go as far as to talk about social policy and the impact of family advocacy on local, state... read more

Reviewed by Monica Olvera, Instructor, Oregon State University on 7/25/20

This book would be good for an introductory class on family, school, and community collaboration. It provides comprehensive, but limited information on matters of child development, parenting, socialization, culture, family empowerment, and how... read more

Reviewed by Eunice Brekke, Associate Professor, Leeward Community College on 7/10/20

This is a solid foundational text for a Sociology of Family course. Although there is not an index or glossary, the table of contents makes this text easy to navigate. Particularly impressive are the chapters on theory, socialization, and gender.... read more

Reviewed by Katie Cali, Instructor, NTCC on 4/26/20

This textbook covered topics such as socialization, culture, parenting styles, and gender, but I also noticed a few important concepts that were not discussed: intimate partner violence, 5 Myths of the Family, and infertility. Despite this, the... read more

Reviewed by Ruthann Arneson, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 3/9/20

This text provides a comprehensive look at family theory, the family as an agent of socialization, and the importance of culture and diversity. It provides a good overview of parenting and how educators can develop positive relationships with... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Theories That Help Us Understand Families
  • Chapter 2: How Children Learn and Understand Their World
  • Chapter 3: What is Culture and Why is it Important?
  • Chapter 4: How Does Gender Influence Children, Families and Communities?
  • Chapter 5: What is a Family?
  • Chapter 6: A Closer Look at Parenting
  • Chapter 7: Building Trusting Collaborative Relationships with Families
  • Chapter 8: Welcoming & Supporting Families
  • Chapter 9: Creating Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with Strengths-Based Attitudes and Relationship-Based Practices

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  • About the Book

    Over the years researchers have found the necessity to develop theories of behavior that are specific to family settings. These theories have been developed by people with a variety of areas of emphasis, from family therapists to gerontologists to child development specialists. In this chapter we will briefly discuss six such theories: Bioecological Model, Family Systems, Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, and Psychological Perspectives.

    About the Contributors


    Rebecca Laff

    Wendy Ruiz