I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable.

– Dorina Noble, Louisiana State University

The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text.

– Jessica Ziembroski, University of Notre Dame

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.

Policy Frameworks: What Accounts for the Policy Solutions That are Constructed to Family Problems?

Policy Frameworks: What Accounts for the Policy Solutions That are Constructed to Family Problems?
Policy frameworks: What accounts for the policy solutions that are constructed to family problems?

Although language is important in the construction of policy solutions to family problems (regardless of governmental level) and in revealing the attitudes embedded in such constructions, it also is important in understanding such constructions and what accounts for them. The diversity of meanings embedded in every constructed family problem and solution and the diversity of explanations for such constructions call for a diversity of conceptual frameworks—models, theoretical perspectives, or frameworks—to help in understanding such phenomena.

Part III consists of chapters that focus on policy frameworks that help shed light on the processes involved in the construction of policy solutions ...

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