Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies is the first text to introduce human development and family studies (HDFS) as inextricably linked areas of study, giving students a complex yet realistic view of individuals and families. Pioneers of research paradigms have acknowledged that the family is one setting in which human development occurs. Moreover, in many academic programs, the lines of these two disciplines blur and much work is inherently multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. This book helps to fortify an understanding of HDFS and subareas within it.
Vignettes from current HDFS students as well as new professionals, an overview of the lifespan stage(s) within the family context, a wide description of research methods and applications, current policy issues relevant to the area, and discussions of practice/careers coupled with strategies for pursuing specializations or careers in the area are hallmarks of this textbook. Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies is essential reading for students new to the major and minor wanting to know:
- What is HDFS?
- Who are the people involved in HDFS?
- Why is HDFS important?
- How does theory and research inform work in HDFS?
- What does the pursuit of being an ethical professional require?
- What are the key areas in HDFS?
Incredibly user-friendly both on the page and online, the text also features the following resources:
- Chapter Summaries where the main points of each chapter are pinpointed at the end of every chapter for review and study.
- Key Terms listed and defined within the margins of every chapter, a complete Glossary at the end of the text, and Flashcards online for additional review and study.
- Challenge: Integration section at the end of each chapter that underscores concepts from the chapter and draws connections between content presented in other chapters.
- Journal Questions to encourage reflection about the content and encourage thinking about some of the content coupled with students’ own experiences.
- Suggested Resources that lists relevant websites, books, articles, and video links for further study.
- A Closer Look at Applied Experiences Appendix outlines the internship process and shows how the internship experience can be meaningful and useful, and a Consuming Research Appendix that focuses on what it means to be a consumer of research, the knowledge and skills consumers need, and considerations for transitioning from a consumer of research to a producer of research.
Part I: What is Human Development and Family Studies?
1. Human Development and Family Studies
Part II: Who Are the People Involved in the Area of Human Development and Family Studies?
2. Careers in Human Development and Family Studies
Part III: What is the History and Future of the Human Development and Family Studies Field?
3. History and Future of Human Development and Family Studies Field
Part IV: Why Is Human Development and Family Studies Important? How Does Theory and Research Inform Work in Human Development and Family Studies?
4. Introduction to Research in Human Development and Family Studies
5. Introduction to Theories in Human Development and Family Studies
Part V: Professionals and Ethical Thinking and Growth
6. Introduction to Family Life Education and Content Areas of Family Life Education
7. Ethics and Professional Development
Part VI: What Are the Key Areas within Human Development and Family Studies?
8. Family and Early Years
9. Family and Childhood
10. Family and Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
11. Family and Adulthood
12. Family and Late Adulthood
13. Diverse Families
14. Family Strengths
Appendix A: A Closer Look at Applied Experiences in Human Development and Family Studies
Appendix B: Consuming Research
'Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies is simply the best book of its kind on the market. The comprehensive yet concise treatment of topics and content provides students with enough information and additional resources to be well informed without being overwhelmed. This text builds a professional foundation that will benefit students in the classroom and beyond. Highly recommended.' - Anthony B. Walker, Indiana State University
'This book makes an important contribution to the field by blending Human Development and Family Science. It is common for academic departments to be organized in this way and for undergraduate students to take classes that span the breadth of these two dimensions of understanding human functioning. Yet, most existing textbooks tend to focus more exclusively on either human development or family science. Helping students consider both lenses simultaneously is unique and beneficial.' - Marjorie Kostelnik, University of Nebraska