Dynamics of the family can be seen as a complex set of interrelated cogs, like the dials and wheels within a sophisticated timepiece. Families in Motion: Dynamics in Diverse Contexts is a clear, comprehensive, and contextual view of how the dials and wheels of that complex set work together. With a focus on multicultural competence through diverse contexts and examples, this new text explores the complexities of the family regarding roles, functions, and development in a way that is approachable for students. Grounded in theory and using 40 years of academic experience, author Clara Gerhardt guides readers through concepts of family theories and examines the ever-changing movement, communication, and conditions of both the family as a system and each member within the system. Covering approaches from the theoretical to the therapeutic, Families in Motion will support students in extending their cultural competence while understanding families and their members with greater confidence.
Part I: The Dynamic Family System
Chapter 1: Family Dynamics: Setting Families in Motion
Chapter 2: Dimensions That Influence Dynamics
Chapter 3: Dynamic Family Commitments
Chapter 4: Observing Dynamics in Motion
Chapter 5: Explaining Dynamics with Theories
Part II: The Dynamic Language of the Family
Chapter 6: Communication and Family Relationship
Chapter 7: Communication and Control
Chapter 8: Changing Communication Patterns
Chapter 9: Communication and Resilience
Chapter 10: Communication and Life's Journey
Part III: Dynamics in Diverse Contexts
Chapter 11: Dynamics of Loss
Chapter 12: Dynamics of Power and Excess
Chapter 13: Dynamics of Family Structure and Transitions
Chapter 14: Dynamics of Culture and Change
Chapter 15: Dynamics of Happiness
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