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ERIC Number: ED494224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 428
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-5938-5362-9ISBN-978-1-59385-362-4
Ordinary Families, Special Children: A Systems Approach to Childhood Disability. Third Edition
Seligman, Milton; Darling, Rosalyn Benjamin
Guilford Publications
Now in a revised and expanded third edition, this popular clinical reference and text provides a multisystems perspective on childhood disability and its effects on family life. The volume examines how child, family, ecological, and sociocultural variables intertwine to shape the ways families respond to disability, and how professionals can promote coping, adaptation, and empowerment. Accessible and engaging, the book integrates theory and research with vignettes and firsthand reflections from family members. New features of this edition are: (1) Updated with current research, counseling approaches, and resources; (2) New chapter on the challenges and opportunities of adulthood; and (3) Expanded coverage of disability pride, family diversity, and the role of fathers. The book is divided into four parts and 13 chapters as follows. Part I, Conceptual Framework, contains: (1) Introduction and Conceptual Framework I: Social and Cultural Systems; (2) Conceptual Framework II: Family Systems Theory and Childhood Disability; and (3) All Families Are Not Alike: Social and Cultural Diversity in Reaction to Childhood Disability. Part II, The Family Life Cycle, presents: (4) Reactions to First Information; (5) Childhood: Continuing Adaptation; and (6) Looking to the Future: Adolescence and Adulthood. Part III, The Family System, continues with: (7) Effects on the Family as a System; (8) Effects on Fathers; (9) Effects on Siblings; and (10) Effects on Grandparents. Part IV, Approaches to Intervention, contains: (11) Professional-Family Interaction: Working toward Partnership; (12) Perspectives and Approaches for Working with Families; and (13) Applying a Partnership Approach to Identifying Family Resources, Concerns, and Priorities: Developing Family Service Plans. This book may serve as a text in undergraduate- or graduate-level courses in clinical practice with children and families, social work practice with people with disabilities, and related topics.
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Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
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