Emotions and the Family: for Better Or for Worse, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Emotions and the Family

for Better Or for Worse, 1st Edition

Edited by Elaine A. Blechman, Alan M. Delamater


254 pages

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This book presents, for the first time, a full range of perspectives on emotions and the family from the radical behaviorist to the intrapsychic. B.F. Skinner begins the volume by examining the role of feelings in applied behavior analysis, thus laying the groundwork for the reactions of many distinguished contributors. Offering both opposing and favorable comments, contributors also present their own original empirical, theoretical, and clinical perspectives. Finally, the editor integrates the contributors' positions into an expanded behavioral perspective on the study of emotions and suggest a model for effective family communication.


"…welcomed evidence that there is much to be gained by further collaborations between researchers expert in the field of human emotion and family scholars….The authors achieve a provocative introduction to the study of emotions in a family context, and the chapters introducing readers to this work will be genuinely stimulating to both practitioners and researchers."

Contemporary Psychology

"…an excellent overview of this important topic….Theories are presented in a logical and straightforward manner….well written yet not overly technical."

Science Books & Films

"…very useful little volume….a significant contribution to our understanding of the role that emotions play in familial interaction and the ways in which familial interaction shapes the emotions that we experience….A highly original contribution to the literature on emotions and emotional communication in families."


Table of Contents

Contents: B.F. Skinner, Outlining a Science of Feeling. E. Hatfield, R. Rapson, Emotions: A Trinity. R. Plutchik, A. Plutchik, Communication and Coping in Families. C. Saarni, M. Crowley, The Development of Emotion Regulation: Effects on Emotional State and Expression T.A. Wills, Social Support and the Family. K.M. Lindahl, H.J. Markman, Communication and Negative Affect Regulation in the Family. A.E. Fruzzetti, N.S. Jacobson, Toward a Behavioral Conceptualization of Adult Intimacy: Implications for Marital Therapy. L.S. Greenberg, S.M. Johnson, Emotional Change Processes in Couples Therapy. J.E. Dumas, Contextual Effects in Mother-Child Interaction: Beyond an Operant Analysis. E.M. Jouriles, K.D. O'Leary, Influences of Parental Mood on Parent Behavior. E.A. Blechman, A New Look at Emotions and the Family.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health