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

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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 Values in the Context of Family Change

Family values in the context of family change

Although people have always worried about the family and its future, the changes that have occurred in the family have raised questions about the values that people today hold, whether such values have changed over time, and if so, how. Such values often are framed in terms of family values. Although the term family values has become part of the discourse on family and family policy, what people mean by those words is unclear. Also unclear are the connections people make between family values and family policy. The ambiguity of the term and its relevance for family policy is exacerbated by the problematic nature of values as subjects of study ...

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