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"Rather than simply castigating and discarding family interventions, professors and practitioners should expend the effort to become acquainted with and appreciative of the body of research literature that has been achieved, particularly in the past decade. Family Psychology: The Art of the Science provides important information of this nature and does so in an enlightening manner that students and practitioners will welcome."

Brings together the leading researchers in five distinct areas of family psychology. Encouraged these leading researchers to work together to highlight the newest knowledge and research challenges in each area.

Attempts to integrate a multi-cultural perspective that looks at the problems or issues in diverse cultural, racial and socio-economic contexts.

Brings a developmental perspective to bear on each problem or disorder, that attempts to look at the way in which each problem or issue affects children, adolescents and adults.

Brings a systemic perspective to each of the research areas, looking at the impact of the problem or issue in question (e.g. depression, divorce and remarriage, etc.) on other relevant systems, as well as the impact of those systems on the problem or issue.

This book is the product of a multi-year initiative, sponsored by the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Family Institute at Northwestern University, Oxford University Press, and Northwestern University, to bring together the leading researchers in family psychology in five major areas of great social and health relevance - good marriage, depression, divorce and remarriage and families and physical health. The book embodies a series of five systematically and developmentally informed mini-books or manuals, critically examining the existing research in each area and illuminating new directions for future research. The chapters in each area cover a wide range of distinct issues and diverse populations. Through a pre-publication face-to-face two-day conference, the editors invited each of the authors in each specific domain to collaborate and coordinate their chapters, creating a synergy for the development of new knowledge. Additionally, the editors encouraged the authors to step outside of their own specific research program to reflect on the unique challenges and opportunities in their research domain. The resulting book provides the next generation of theorists, researchers, and therapists with an in-depth and fresh look at what has been done and what remains to be done in each area. If you are a social scientist working in these or related areas, the book will sharpen and stimulate your research. If you are a young researcher or are contemplating entering the field of family psychology, the book lays out pathways and strategies for entering and unraveling the mysteries in each area. Lastly, if you are someone who wants to understand the state of art of research in these very relevant domains, this book takes you to the top of mountain with very best guides and provides a vista that compels and illuminates.

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