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Conclusion: Theories as Tools for Studying Families
Conclusion: Theories as tools for studying families

What has been achieved in this book? Are we any closer to understanding how we produce credible knowledge and the way in which theories of family are advancing our knowledge? I think the answer is that a great deal has been achieved. In order to understand how far we have come, it is useful to briefly review the journey.

Chapter 1 introduced a definition of theory and discussed why we need theories about families rather than theories about the more generic social group. In Chapter 2, we reviewed the history of family theory. It was in this second chapter that we encountered the theory constructionists of the 1960s and 1970s. Although this movement ...

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