How do economic stresses on the family, such as dual-earner parents, unemployment, and poverty, affect the human service professional's assessment of the families he or she serves? The field of family sociology is now providing a wealth of empirical, relevant knowledge on the impact of macroeconomic issues on the families most frequently helped by social workers. New Approaches to Family Practice takes current research driven by the family systems theoretical framework and applies it to human services direct practice with families in three specific areas: employed-work and family-work, unemployment, and poverty. To illustrate the linkages from research to practice, the book presents chapters on the theory and research in each of the three target areas, each followed by a chapter on application and tools for direct practice in that area. Individual chapters include case studies, assessment tools, multilevel interventions and evaluations, and strategies for social change. In addition to being a rich resource for the human services professional who works with families, this book is ideal for courses in social work with the family, social work and human services, family studies, and clinical/counseling psychology.

Families and Unemployment: Applications and Tools for Practice

Families and unemployment: Applications and tools for practice

Case Summary

To update the situation of the Smith family (see Chapter 5), Figure 7.1 presents an overview of the family in 1995 and Figure 7.2 delineates Peter and Jane Smith's household time and tasks plan (see also Figure 3.6 and Figures 5.1 and 5.2). In 1993, the Smith family began work with a social worker provided by an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Peter's union. Later in 1993, the auto assembly plant where Peter had worked for the previous 5 years closed.

Until several weeks after the actual plant closing, Peter believed that somehow the union would be able to “save” his and his friends' jobs. But after several months of ...

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