Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in ‘doing’ theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site, http://www.ncfr.org/sourcebook, offers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science.
Chapter Twenty-two: Families, Theories, and Social Policy
Families, Theories, and Social Policy
Social policies are (a) purposive courses of action, taken by (b) actors or sets of actors, about (c) particular issues or problems of concern. Family theories shape both actors' definitions of “problems of concern” and their proposed ...