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Single Parent Families

Single Parent Families

  • Kris Kissman - Anthropology, University of Michigan, Emeritus
  • Jo Ann Allen - Anthropology, University of Michigan, Emeritus

December 1992 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Clinicians, social service providers, and professionals in associated fields often face issues related to diverse family structures--particularly the one-parent family. Unfortunately, current family-centered literature does not devote a great deal of space to intervention and assessment of these families who now comprise a quarter of all families. In Single-Parent Families, special treatment methods for single-parent families based on such factors as gender of the head of household, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation are discussed. The authors devote special attention to interventions with mother-headed households--nearly 90 percent of single-parent families are managed by women today--and emphasize the importance of social policies and services that help single parents meet the challenging dual roles of caregiving and wage earning. Clearly written and gender sensitive, Single-Parent Families provides concrete, practical suggestions on how to better empower single parents to obtain the resources they need to attain their aspirations and gain control over their environment. Both professionals and students of social services, counseling, psychology, family studies, and gender studies will find this volume informative, helpful, and above all, useful. ""The book is an excellent addition to literature on family-centered practice. It is written in a clear and concise manner, with helpful topical headings. . . . Highly recommended for students and practitioners in social work, counseling, and other related disciplines." --Choice "Kissman and Allen have created a brief book rich with insight into the complexities of single-parent family life. . . . This book is written by and primarily for practitioners working in a therapeutic setting with single-parent families. However, the perspective presented by this book could well be important and appreciated by family life educators, researchers, and other non-clinical professionals interested in single-parent families." --Family Relations

Gender-Sensitive Practice with Single Parent Families
Transitional Stages and the Family Life-Cycle
Conversations and Consultations with Single Mothers and Their Families
Mother-Headed Families and the External Environment
Support from Family and Partners
Extra-Familial Support
The Ethnic Families
Adolescent Parents
Single Father-Headed Families
Non-Custodial Parenting
Policy Perspectives

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ISBN: 9780803943230