Family Diversity: Continuity and Change in the Contemporary Family

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  • SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services Series

    Series Editors: ARMAND LAUFFER and CHARLES GARVÍN

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    STRATEGIC ALLIANCES AMONG HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS:

    From Affiliations to Consolidations by DARLYNE BAILEY & KELLY McNALLY KONEY

    EFFECTIVELY MANAGING HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS (2nd edition) by RALPH BRODY

    STOPPING CHILD MALTREATMENT BEFORE IT STARTS: Emerging Horizons in Early Home Visitation Services by NEJL B. GUTERMAN

    ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE IN THE HUMAN SERVICES by REBECCA ANN PROEHL

    FAMILY DIVERSITY: Continuity and Change in the Contemporary Family by PAULINE IRIT ERERA

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    Dedication

    This book is dedicated with love to Richard Weatherley, without whom this book would have not been made possible.

    Acknowledgments

    As this book is about families, it is my pleasure to start by expressing gratitude to my own families. First and foremost, I offer my profound gratefulness to my husband, Richard Weatherley, for his invaluable help, genuine and tireless support, and love. He extended his selfless and generous assistance from the early discussions about writing the book through the struggles and joy of writing it. His wealth of knowledge, guidance, and contribution are reflected throughout the book. Giving birth to this book was, in many ways, a family affair.

    I wish to thank my sons, Doron and Liron Erera, who went along with me through the many transitions we experienced together, including the transitions from being a traditional family to becoming a single-parent family, a stepfamily, and more. Their trust, love, and respect throughout times of hardship and challenge made this book possible. I also wish to thank my parents, Ray and the late Alexander Kopelovitch. While raising me in a traditional family, they instilled in me an appreciation for diversity.

    My deep gratitude to Catherine Keir for her wisdom, help, and friendship, and for being there for me from the very beginning of this project to its completion. Her perceptiveness, sensitivity, and depth helped me discover new ways of dealing with the challenges of authorship. She was instrumental in helping me turn the task of writing into a process of dialogue, self-discovery, and growth.

    Boundless thanks to Yael Haft, who helped me to accept my own diversity and alternative lifestyle. Without her, this undertaking would not have been possible. She was there with me, as always, throughout the process.

    I am grateful for the encouragement of James Whittaker and Ming Sum Tsui at the early stages of this project, and to Nancy Hooyman, Dean of the University of Washington School of Social Work, for her consideration and generosity in helping me find the time needed to complete the book.

    I wish to express my appreciation to Christine DiStefano for bringing to my attention a feminist perspective on caregiving that has influenced this book.

    My thanks to Professors Jean Kruzich, Peter Pécora, Cynthia Steel, and Steven Soifer, as well as to the anonymous reviewers who critiqued individual chapters of the book. Their helpful comments and suggestions, as well as their support, are greatly appreciated. I also wish to thank Peter Pécora and Jim Whittaker for sharing with me the revised edition of their book The Child Welfare Challenge: Policy, Practice and Research prior to its publication.

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    About the Author

    Pauline Irit Erera is Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. She has a BS W and MS W in social work from the University of Haifa, Israel, and a PhD in human service studies from Cornell University. She has researched and written extensively about family diversity, focusing mainly on step-, foster, and lesbian families, and on noncustodial fathers. In addition to family diversity, her interests include feminism, multiculturalism, and qualitative research methods.


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