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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology

James H. Bray (Editor), Mark Stanton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6994-3
788 pages
September 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Family Psychology provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical underpinnings and established practices relating to family psychology.
  • Provides a thorough orientation to the field of family psychology for clinicians
  • Includes summaries of the most recent research literature and clinical interventions for specific areas of interest to family psychology clinicians
  • Features essays by recognized experts in a variety of specialized fields
  • Suitable as a required text for courses in family psychology, family therapy,  theories of psychotherapy, couples therapy, systems theory, and systems therapy
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors x

Preface xiv

Part I. Foundations of Family Psychology 1

Introduction 3

1. The Systemic Epistemology of the Specialty of Family Psychology 5
Mark Stanton

2. The Revolution and Evolution of Family Therapy and Family Psychology 21
Herbert Goldenberg and Irene Goldenberg

3. The Fascinating Story of Family Theories 37
Margaret Crosbie-Burnett and David M. Klein

4. Changing Landscape of American Family Life 53
Kay Pasley and Spencer B. Olmstead

5. Family Diversity 68
George K. Hong

6. Qualitative Research and Family Psychology 85
Jane F. Gilgun

7. Systemic Research Controversies and Challenges 100
Danielle A. Black and Jay Lebow

8. Training in Family Psychology: A Competencies-Based Approach 112
Nadine J. Kaslow, Marianne P. Celano, and Mark Stanton

9. Education in Family Psychology 129
Mark Stanton, Michele Harway, and Arlene Vetere

Part II. Clinical Family Psychology 147

Introduction 149

10. Couple and Family Assessment 151
James H. Bray

11. Couple and Family Processes in DSM-V: Moving Beyond Relational Disorders 165
Erika Lawrence, Steven R. H. Beach, and Brian D. Doss

12. Ethical and Legal Considerations in Family Psychology: The Special Issue of Competence 183
Terence Patterson

13. Clinical Practice in Family Psychology 198
John Thoburn, Gwynith Hoffman-Robinson, Lauren J. Shelly, and Ashly J. Hagen

14. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 212
Stephen Cheung

15. Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies 226
Kristina Coop Gordon, Lee J. Dixon, Jennifer M. Willett, and Farrah M. Hughes

16. Psychodynamic Family Psychotherapy: Toward Unified Relational Systematics 240
Jeffrey J. Magnavita

17. Personality-Guided Couples Psychotherapy 258
Mark Stanton and A. Rodney Nurse

18. Intensive Family-of-Origin Consultation: An Intergenerational Approach 272
Timothy Weber and Cheryl Cebula

19. Psychotherapy Based on Bowen Family Systems Theory 286
David S. Hargrove

20. Collaborative Practice: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference 300
Harlene Anderson

21. Science, Practice, and Evidence-Based Treatments in the Clinical Practice of Family Psychology 314
Thomas L. Sexton and Kristina Coop Gordon

22. Functional Family Therapy: Traditional Theory to Evidence-Based Practice 327
Thomas L. Sexton

23. Multidimensional Family Therapy: A Science-Based Treatment System for Adolescent Drug Abuse 341
Howard A. Liddle

24. Structural Ecosystems Therapy (SET) for Women with HIV/AIDS 355
Victoria B. Mitrani, Carleen Robinson, and José Szapocznik

25. Multisystemic Therapy (MST) 370
Scott W. Henggeler, Ashli J. Sheidow, and Terry Lee

26. Behavioral Couples Therapy for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 388
William Fals-Stewart, Timothy J. O’Farrell, Gary R. Birchler, and Wendy (K. K.) Lam

27. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Loving Relationships 402
Sue Johnson and Brent Bradley

28. Brief Strategic Family TherapyTM for Adolescents with Behavior Problems 416
Michael S. Robbins, José Szapocznik, and Viviana E. Horigian

29. Empirically Informed Systemic Psychotherapy: Tracking Client Change and Therapist Behavior During Therapy 431
William M. Pinsof and Anthony L. Chambers

Psychology 447

Introduction 449

30. Relationship Education Programs: Current Trends and Future Directions 450
Erica P. Ragan, Lindsey A. Einhorn, Galena K. Rhoades, Howard J. Markman, and Scott M. Stanley

31. Children of Divorce: New Trends and Ongoing Dilemmas 463
Marsha Kline Pruett and Ryan Barker

32. Collaborative Divorce: A Family-Centered Process 475
A. Rodney Nurse and Peggy Thompson

33. Treating Stepfamilies: A Subsystems-Based Approach 487
Scott Browning and James H. Bray

34. A Family-Centered Intervention Strategy for Public Middle Schools 499
Thomas J. Dishion and Elizabeth Stormshak

35. Families and Schools 515
Cindy Carlson, Catherine L. Funk, and KimHoang T. Nguyen

36. Family Psychology in the Context of Pediatric Medical Conditions 527
Melissa A. Alderfer and Mary T. Rourke

37. Families and Health: An Attachment Perspective 539
Tziporah Rosenberg and William Watson

38. Anorexia Nervosa and the Family 551
Ivan Eisler

39. Combining Work and Family: From Conflict to Compatible 564
Diane F. Halpern and Sherylle J. Tan

40. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Family Psychology: A Systemic, Life-Cycle Perspective 576
Abbie E. Goldberg

41. The Psychology of Men and Masculinity 588
Ronald F. Levant and Christine M. Williams

42. Religion and Spirituality in Couple and Family Relations 600
Froma Walsh

43. Moral Identity in the Family 613
Kevin S. Reimer

44. Family Stories and Rituals 625
Barbara H. Fiese and Marcia A. Winter

45. Systemic Treatments for Substance Use Disorders 637
Mark Stanton

46. Couples Therapy for Depression 650
Mark A. Whisman, Valerie E. Whiffen, and Natalie Whiteford

47. Families and Public Policy 661
Margaret Heldring

48. Family Psychology of Immigrant Mexican and Mexican American Families 668
Joseph M. Cervantes and Olga L. Mejía

49. International Family Psychology 684
Florence W. Kaslow

50. Family Forensic Psychology 702
Robert Welsh, Lyn Greenberg, and Marjorie Graham-Howard

51. Families and HIV/AIDS 717
Willo Pequegnat and the NIMH Consortium on Families and HIV/AIDS

52. Families, Violence, and Abuse 729
Daniela J. Owen, Lauren Knickerbocker, Richard E. Heyman, and Amy M. Smith Slep

53. Serious Mental Illness: Family Experiences, Needs, and Interventions 742
Diane T. Marsh and Harriet P. Lefley

54. Conclusion: The Future of Family Psychology 755
James H. Bray and Mark Stanton

Subject Index 761

Author Index 766

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Author Information

James H. Bray is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr Bray’s NIH-funded research focuses on family and developmental issues in adolescent substance use, divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies. He is a pioneer in collaborative family healthcare and primary care psychology. He also maintains an active clinical practice focusing on children and families. He is the 2009 President of the American Psychological Association.

Mark Stanton is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences at Azusa Pacific University, California. He is certified in Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a licensed psychologist in the state of California. He was President of the Society of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association in 2005, Editor of The Family Psychologist from 2002 to 2007,  elected as President of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology (2011–13), and named the Family Psychologist of the Year in 2007 by the Society of Family Psychology.

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  • Provides a thorough orientation to the field of family psychology
  • Contains clear and concise summaries for the most widely recognized models for clinical practice
  • Collates the most recent research literature and clinical interventions
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"Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology provides an overview and begins with coverage of the field's theoretical and epistemological underpinnings, the text proceeds to recount relevant scientific methods, clinical models and methods, and other topics. This account helps to establish a scientific basis for interventions and detail competencies, it is an invaluable source for professionals who provide family-related psychological services." (Neopoprealism Journal, 24 November 2011)

"This important account provides an overview of disciplines related to family psychology ... This is an invaluable source for professionals who provide family-related psychological services." (Wonderpedia, 5 November 2011)

"James Bray and Mark Stanton have created a remarkable resource for those exploring the many perspectives on family psychology in the comprehensive volume The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology." (PsycCRITIQUES, May 2010)



"The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology is a comprehensive volume that accurately presents the breadth and depth of the family specialty. The carefully chosen contributors are recognized as the chief spokespersons in their sub-specialties. Each chapter is a gem that is practical and based in research. This collection provides the finest overview of family psychology available today."
Jon Carlson, Governors State University

"James Bray and Mark Stanton have invited an exceptional group of clinicians, researchers, and educators to share virtually all that is currently known about the field of family psychology in one authoritative, reader-friendly, and eminently practical handbook. They provide an essential roadmap for conceptualizing and intervening with families and for training the next generation of family psychologists."
Nadine Kaslow, Emory University

"In The Handbook of Family Psychology, James Bray and Mark Stanton bring us a remarkable compendium of knowledge about the current state of Family Psychology. The articles are by the prominent leaders of relational, systemic approaches to psychotherapy. This rich archive demonstrates the range of approaches and contexts in which family psychologists work, and the evidence on which this work is based. This book will be the new text for faculty, students, researchers, and practitioners of family psychology."
Susan H. McDaniel, Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health, Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA

"The Handbook of Family Psychology is a comprehensive volume that accurately presents the breadth and depth of the family specialty. The carefully chosen contributors are recognized as the chief spokespersons in their sub-specialties. Each chapter is a gem that is practical and based in research. All together, this collection provides the finest overview of family psychology available today."
Jon Carlson, Distinguished Professor, Psychology & Counseling, Governors State University, USA

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