“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.
Summary, Conclusions, and Policy Practice Implications
Part V concludes the discussion of this book. Chapter 18 presents an overall summary of the preceding 17 chapters and suggests future directions for family policy in terms of the democratization of family well-being. Chapter 19 talks about the implications of the preceding chapters for family policy practice, drawing from the conceptual frameworks presented in the discussion and also from experience-based observations and research. It notes that although many challenges confront family policy practitioners—such as public disengagement from policy issues and the decline in social capital—family policy practitioners are in the strategic position of being able to increase engagement in policy issues related to families and the nation's social capital at the same time. ...