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Understanding diverse families : what practitioners need to know
Author:
Okun, Barbara F.
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Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
xv, 376 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Diverse families in context -- About adoption : the participants in context -- Adapting to adoption over the life span -- Treatment issues pertaining to adoption -- About homosexuality : the participants in context -- Homosexuality over the life span -- Treatment issues pertaining to homosexuality -- About multiraciality : the participants in context -- Multiraciality across the life span -- Treatment issues pertaining to interracial couples and families -- Emerging families.
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ISBN:
9781572300569

9781572304178
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Today's mental health clinicians face a rapidly changing clientele. Divorce, remarriage, multiracial marriages, different types of adoption, openly gay and lesbian relationships\m\all have significantly altered the nature and composition of families. At the same time, clinicians in today's managed care environment are working with an increasingly diverse clientele. Addressing an important need, this illuminating volume is designed to help practitioners work effectively with diversity in this challenging new environment. It confronts myths and stereotypes about what is considered "normal" and what constitutes a "family," insightfully examines a range of healthy families with creative family structures, and expands our notions about how families work.


Author Notes

Barbara F. Okun, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Special Education at Northeastern University; Clinical Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and a supervisor in the Cambridge Hospital Couples and Family Therapy program. She has published several books, including Intimate Environments: Sex, Intimacy, and Gender in Family Therapy (coedited with David Kantor), as well as numerous chapters and articles, and she serves as Editor of a book series that focuses on women and mental health. Dr. Okun's clinical practice comprises a diverse clientele of individuals, couples, and families.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Diverse Families in Context
About Adoption: The Participants in Context
Adapting to Adoption over the Life Span
Treatment Issues Pertaining to Adoption
About Homosexuality: The Participants in Context
Homosexuality over the Life Span
Treatment Issues Pertaining to Homosexuality
About Multiraciality: The Participants in Context
Multiraciality across the Life Span
Treatment Issues Pertaining to Interracial Couples and Families
Emerging Families