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6th Edition

Foundations of Family Resource Management

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after April 20, 2022
ISBN 9780367763848
April 20, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
512 Pages 122 B/W Illustrations

USD $100.00

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Book Description

Foundations of Family Resource Management uses the lenses of consumer science, management and economics and beyond to help students make intelligent decisions about resources, time and energies at the individual and family level. It has a strong interdisciplinary, global and multicultural focus.

The sixth edition brings in new material on millennials, delayed marriage, household composition, neuroscience, behavioural economics, sustainable consumption, technology and handling crises. It has been thoroughly updated throughout, in line with the latest census data and academic literature.

The text contains lots of features to support student learning, including chapter summaries, ‘Did You Know?’ questions, glossary of key terms, examples and cases, critical thinking activities and review questions for discussion and reflection. Lecture slides and an instructor manual are available as digital supplements.

This textbook meets the standards and criteria for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and will be suitable for resource management courses in family and consumer science, human ecology and human environmental science programmes.

Table of Contents



  1. Management Today
  2. Management History and Theories
  3. Values, Attitudes, Goals and Motivation
  4. Resources
  5. Decision Making and Problem Solving
  6. Planning, Implementing and Evaluating
  7. Communication
  8. Managing Human Needs
  9. Managing Time
  10. Managing Work and Family
  11. Managing Stress and Fatigue
  12. Managing Environmental Resources
  13. Managing Finances
  14. Managing Tomorrow



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Elizabeth B. Goldsmith is Professor Emerita in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University and Research Affliated Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech University, USA. She is a Fulbright Scholar, awarded grants from Stanford University, the Smithonian, and Duke University, and has served as Domestic Policy Advisor for the White House and as an advisor on bankruptcy education for the U.S. Dept. of Justice.


"In this newest edition of her book, Prof Goldsmith presents us with updated insights and tools crucial to the understanding and implementation of efficient and sustainable resource management within different types of contemporary households and families. The chapters are rich in data, theories, examples, case studies and critical thinking tasks, yet also refer to popular personalities and stories making this a student-friendly textbook which merits having a central place in tertiary level Family Resource Management classes."

Suzanne Piscopo, Associate Professor of Home Economics, University of Malta, Malta.