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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.
Family Frameworks: Implications for Families and Their Well-Being
Given the nature of the processes involved in the construction of policy solutions to family problems, what are the implications of policy solutions to families and their well-being? How can family well-being be conceptualized? What are the ways in which it can be determined or assessed, either in anticipation of or after such policies have been enacted and implemented?
Webster defines well-being as “the state of being healthy, happy and free from want.” As noted earlier, in the family and sociological literature, it has been operationalized along economic, social, psychological, and interpersonal dimensions based on such indicators as income, unemployment, satisfaction, self-esteem, and affect balance. It also has been defined in ...