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Smooth Sailing or Stormy Waters? : Family Transitions Through Adolescence and Their Implications for Practice and Policy - Rena D. Harold

Smooth Sailing or Stormy Waters?

Family Transitions Through Adolescence and Their Implications for Practice and Policy

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Smooth Sailing enhances our understanding of the family's transition through adolescence by examining qualitative data about the experiences of parents and teens across multiple relationships and social contexts. This volume follows the same 60 families described in the authors' first book, Becoming a Family (2000), relating their stories about their transition from childhood to adolescence. Collectively, the two books provide a unique longitudinal perspective on family development using two distinct data collection formats and time frames. Interdisciplinary in nature, the book draws on theory and practice from the fields of social work, psychology, and sociology.

Smooth Sailing reveals a picture of the transition to adolescence as it is influenced by intrafamily relationships as well as social context factors. Initial chapters lay the foundation for the study's methods. Proceeding chapters present the participants' stories, organized by context - developmental changes, interpersonal relationships, education, and work. Each chapter follows a similar format: an overview of past research; interview and coding techniques; and a presentation of parents' and teens' qualitative descriptions. Chapters also include an analysis of gender and conclude with implications for practice and policy. The final chapter in the book summarizes this work and looks ahead to the next developmental period, emerging adulthood.

Intended for researchers in a variety of disciplines such as social work, psychology, and sociology, this volume also serves as a supplementary text for courses on the family and/or adolescent development.

Prefacep. xi
Checking the Compass: Looking at the Family Inside and Outp. 1
Familyp. 3
Adolescencep. 4
Theoretical Modelsp. 5
The Chaptersp. 12
Navigating the Research Process: Methods and Processesp. 15
Participantsp. 17
Proceduresp. 18
The Coding Processp. 22
Theoretical and Practical Considerations and Implicationsp. 26
A Sea Change: Developmental Changes From Childhood to Adolescencep. 31
Puberty: Bodily Changes and Societal Reactionsp. 32
Cognitive Development: Thinking, Reasoning, Challengingp. 41
Autonomy and Independencep. 45
Emotionsp. 50
Behavior Problems and Parenting Concernsp. 56
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policyp. 63
All Hands on Deck: Relationship Processes Within and Outside Familiesp. 66
Understanding Relationshipsp. 66
Social Support and Relationship Qualityp. 69
The Storiesp. 74
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policyp. 98
Learning the Ropes: Educationp. 102
Schools as Social Institutionsp. 103
The Family-School Partnershipp. 105
Schools as Social Environmentsp. 113
Success in Schoolp. 122
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policyp. 129
Taking on Provisions: Work in the Lives of Families With Adolescentsp. 133
Changing Contexts for Work and Familyp. 134
The Family-Work Trajectoryp. 135
Role Strain Versus Role Expansionp. 137
Budgeting Time for Work and Familyp. 139
Job Continuity and Workplace Benefitsp. 140
Adaptive Strategiesp. 142
The Storiesp. 143
Benefits of Workp. 143
Making Family Number Onep. 146
Managing the Work-Family Connectionp. 148
Fathers' Work Livesp. 148
Mothers' Work Livesp. 153
The Next Generation of Workersp. 161
Summary and Implications for Practice and Policyp. 162
Sailing Toward the Horizon: Moving Into Adulthoodp. 166
Chapter Summariesp. 167
Emerging Adulthoodp. 169
Important Predictors of Adult Outcomes: Risk and Protective Factorsp. 171
Practice and Policy Overviewp. 173
Conclusionp. 177
Referencesp. 181
Author Indexp. 201
Subject Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780805863055
ISBN-10: 0805863052
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1