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 Poverty: Applications and Tools for Practice

Families and poverty: Applications and tools for practice

Case Scenario

The genogram in Figure 9.1 shows the Jones family at a time of major transition. Tanya, age 20, has been raised by her maternal grandparents because of her mother's heroin addiction. She completed high school and has been working for minimum wage at a fast-food restaurant. She has been seeing Dennis for nearly a year, and they have discussed marriage on several occasions. He has not been able to find stable work, however and was recently charged with drug possession. Tanya is now pregnant, and the family is encouraging her not to have an abortion. Both she and Dennis would like to establish a household of their own, but ...

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