Originally published in 1987, the purpose of this companion volume to Donald Ford’s (1987) Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems: A Developmental Perspective on Personality and Behavior was to illustrate the potential utility of the Living Systems Framework (LSF) for stimulating new theoretical advances, for guiding research on human behavior and development, and for facilitating the work of the health and human service professions. Although not exactly a "how to" manual, it does provide many concrete examples of how and when the framework can be used to guide scholarly and professional activities. It also provides a concise overview of the framework itself that can help those who have read the theoretical volume refresh their memory, and assist those who have not, in understanding the basic concepts of the LSF and in deciding whether and how the framework might be useful to them.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems: An Overview Donald H. Ford and Martin E. Ford 2. Methodological Considerations in Modeling Living Systems John R. Nesselroade and Donald H. Ford 3. Emotional Development in Infancy Cynthia J. Schellenbach 4. Prosocial Development in Toddlers: The Patterning of Mother–Infant Interaction Christi A.C. Bergin 5. Processes in Young Children’s Communicative Functioning and Development Teresa M. McDevitt and Martin E. Ford 6. A Multivariate Study of School-Aged Children’s Computer Interest and Use Irene T. Miura 7. Processes Contributing to Adolescent Social Competence Martin E. Ford 8. The Role of Emotions in an Executive’s Workday Cameron M. Ford 9. Personal Goals: The Key to Self-Direction in Adulthood Marlene Winell 10. A Taxonomy of Human Goals and Some Possible Applications Martin E. Ford and C.W. Nichols 11. Dysfunctional Systems: Understanding Pathology Hugh B. Urban 12. Implications for Counseling, Psychotherapy, Health and Human Services of the Living Systems Framework (LSF) Donald H. Ford 13. Overview of the Heuristic Utility of the Living Systems Framework for Guiding Research and Professional Activities Martin E. Ford. Author Index. Subject Index.