In the 1990s it is no longer "news" that families do not operate independently from other social organizations and institutions. Instead, it is generally recognized that families are embedded in a complex set of relationships with other institutions and contexts outside the family. In spite of this recognition, a great deal remains to be discovered about the ways in which families are influenced by these outside agencies or how families influence the functioning of children and adults in these extra-familial settings--school, work, day-care, or peer group contexts. Moreover, little is known about the nature of the processes that account for this mutual influence between families and other societal institutions and settings. The goal of this volume is to present examples from a series of ongoing research programs that are beginning to provide some tentative answers to these questions.
The result of a summer workshop characterized by lively exchanges not only between speakers and the audience, but among participants in small group discussions as well, this volume attempts to communicate some of the dynamism and excitement that was evident at the conference. In the final analysis, this book should stimulate further theoretical and empirical advances in understanding how families relate to other contexts.
"…the articles are interesting, are thought provoking, and reveal serious gaps in our knowledge."
—Science Books and Films
"…the most appealing feature of this book is the rich conceptual fabric woven around the empirical findings presented. In almost every chapter, readers are thoroughly introduced to the substantive challenges facing scholars in a particular area and presented with at least one example of a research effort attempting to confront the challenges. As a result, a window is opened onto the process of conceptualizing research problems and designing methods to address them. Both seasoned and novice researchers are likely to benefit from these insights."
—Journal of Marriage and the Family
"…Kellam's review of his elegant and conceptually satisfying research on the overlap between family and school is especially informative in terms of actual findings."
Contents: R.D. Parke, S.G. Kellam, Introduction and Overview. A.C. Crouter, Processes Linking Families and Work: Implications for Behavior and Development in Both Settings. P.L. Chase-Lansdale, Families and Maternal Employment During Infancy: New Linkages. L.F. Katz, J.M. Gottman, Patterns of Marital Interaction and Children's Emotional Development. P.A. Cowan, C.P. Cowan, M.S. Schulz, G. Heming, Prebirth to Preschool Family Factors in Children's Adaptation to Kindergarten. R.D. Parke, V.M. Burks, J.L. Carson, B. Neville, L.A. Boyum, Family-Peer Relationships: A Tripartite Model. S.G. Kellam, The Social Adaptation of Children in Classrooms: A Measure of Family Childrearing Effectiveness. W.J. McCarthy, M.D. Newcomb, P.M. Bentler, The Contribution of Personal and Family Characteristics in Adolescence to the Subsequent Development of Young Adult Competence. A. Sameroff, Developmental Systems and Family Functioning. R.D. Parke, Epilogue: Unresolved Issues and Future Trends in Family Relationships With Other Contexts.