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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.

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Attitudes Toward Government, Families, and the Economy

Attitudes toward government, families, and the economy

If values are well-entrenched, culturally determined sentiments produced by institutions such as family, schools, religion, or major historical events, which result in deeply held beliefs that are the organizing principles of different societies, what are attitudes and what role do they play in family policy and family policy discourse? Attitudes have been defined as specific expressions of values or beliefs applied to concrete objects or situations involving positive or negative evaluations and a readiness to respond to related objects or situations in a characteristic and predictable manner (Theodorson & Theodorson, 1969). As noted in Chapter 4, attitudes are sensitive to social and economic conditions and developments such as economic downturns, crime waves, ...

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