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Theoretical Perspectives Related to the Family

  • By: James M. White
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

There are many ways to summarize the myriad of theoretical approaches to the study of the family. There are at least three major ways theories are reviewed. One way is to address the body of work by each single author such as Max Weber or Wesley Burr. Although this approach is often used in philosophy where there is a large and substantial body of work, the study of families has not been as marked by contributions from sole authors. A second approach to reviewing theories is to focus on a single issue such as divorce or parenthood. Even though there are substantial literatures and even courses designed around specific issues such as cohabitation or dating, these approaches fail to give the full picture of the ...

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