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With so many challenges facing families and governments in the United States today, this is an important time to be thinking about family policy. Respected family policy expert Shirley Zimmerman offers the only single-authored core textbook to provide a comprehensive and coherent introduction to family policy. The application of the frameworks to real life issues in family policy provides the opportunity for students to learn to think conceptually about family policy in relation to family problems. She clearly and cogently guides students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well-being, ending with a carefully considered set of conclusions and implications for policy practice.

Family Policy offers concrete illustrative examples that bring the academic subject matter to life for students. Questions at the end of each chapter help students test their comprehension of the material, deepen their understanding of the subject matter, and spur classroom discussion.

From Attitudes to Constructed Solutions to Family Problems

From Attitudes to Constructed Solutions to Family Problems
From attitudes to constructed solutions to family problems

The three chapters that constitute Part II are based on the content analysis of three different sets of data: (1) congressional roll call votes on explicit family legislation at the federal level for selected years in the 1980s and 1990s, (2) the Congressional Record, containing verbatim the congressional debates of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA), and (3) the legislative summaries of the explicit family policies enacted by six states with different political cultures in the 1990s and for three of the states in the 1980s. Based on the assumption that attitudes provide impetus for action, the congressional roll call votes were seen as actions emanating from congressional ...

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