Ackerman, Nathan W.
Treating the Troubled Family.
New York: Basic Books, Inc, Publishers, 1966.
A family psychotherapist’s plan for achieving good family health through an understanding of ways in which families and society influence each other. Excellent bibliography. Case studies useful for classroom.
Bane, Mary Jo.
Here To Stay: American Families in the Twentieth Century
. New York: Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1976
The American family is alive and well despite reports to the contrary. Good statistics and tables. Well-documented, yet readable.
Black Families in White America
. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall, 1968
A summary of various survival techniques utilized by black families as they have socialized their children and helped contribute to the larger society. Interesting case studies.
Scenes From Life: Views of Family, Marriage and Intimacy.
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1976.
Delightful collection of illustrated short stories, articles and poems about the family. Of special interest are sections on immigrant families, slave families and the nuclear family. Student oriented.
Is There A Family in the House?
Minneapolis: World Wide Publications, 1978.
A Christian author’s positive suggestions to strengthen the family primarily by strengthening the husband-wife relationship. Feels that the family is society’s most durable unit, but in need of help.
Dobson, James C.
What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women.
Wheaton, III.: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1975.
Anecdotal treatment of marriage problems from the woman’s point of view. Encourages fathers to spend “quality time” with their wives and children in order to strengthen relationships and head off depression.
Douvan, Elizabeth, Helen Weingarten and Jane L. Schieber, eds.
American Families. A Course By Newspaper Reader.
Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall, Hunt Publishing Co., 1980.
Excellent resource for any family life course. Articles range from family patterns, forms and values to ethnic families past and present, communal familie s and family life in the future. Highly recommended.
Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1979.
Well-documented references to many studies on child, husband and wife abuse. Debunks popular myths on the subject of family violence.
Hunt, Morton. “Strengthening Marriage s the ‘No-Fault’ Way.”
, 2:5:48-51. May 1982.
To help troubled partners develop teamwork, leading therapists offer six tested guides. Recommended for classroom use.
Haven in a Heartless World, The Family Beseiged
. New York: Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1977.
Attempt to de-mythologize many romantic notions about the isolated nuclear family in America. Calls for the family to come out of hiding and fight the depersonalizing effects of big government and a “sick society.”
Levitan, Sar and Richard S. Belous.
What’s Happening to the American Family?
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981.
Controversial look at the American family as it has “evolved” as an institution. Illustrated with numerous charts, graphs and cartoons.
Martinson, Floyd M.
Family in Society
. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1970.
Excellent sections on the Puritan family, the black family and urban immigrants (chapters 2 through 5). Also, three chapters on internally and externally linked family crises and their possible resolution.
Mead, Margaret and Ken Heyman, eds.
New York: The MacMillan Co., 1975.
Over 150 pages of photographs of families and family life from around the world with brief textual introductions.
Mindel, Charles H. and Robert W. Habenstein, eds.
in America, Patterns and Variations. New York: Elsevier Scientific Publishing Co, Inc., 1976.
Excellent collection of article s about early and recent minorities. Includes themes such as marriage, child-rearing, kinship groups, mother and father roles. Each section is well footnoted.
Queen, Stuart A.
The Family in Various Cultures.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lipincott Co., 1974..
Helpful chapters on the Hopi family, kibbutz families in Israel, colonial American and black American families.
Scanzoni, John H.
The Black Family in Modern Society. Patterns of
Stability and Security. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1971.
Challenges many previously held stereotypes about the black family and the black father. Good chapters on achievement and family goal-setting. Well-documented.
Sugarman, Daniel A. “Seven Ways to Keep Peace at Home.”
, 2:3:35-38. March 1982.
A clinical psychologist’s principles of family first-aid when things get out of hand. Humorous and suitable for classroom.
Te Selle, Sallie, ed.
The Family, Communes and Utopian Societies
. New York: Harper and Row Publishers 1971.
Essays examine roots of the American family’s experience with agrarian, urban and modern collective living experiments.
Trueblood, Elton and Pauline Trueblood.
The Recovery of Family Life
. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1953.
Stresses the need for commitment on the part of marriage partners. Takes the conservative view that Biblical husband and wife roles are essential if the home is to be a place where love, order, discipline and respect are practiced and maintained. Provocative.
Tufte, Virginia and Barbara Myerhoff, eds.
Changing Images of the Family.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.
Glimpses of change over the years and the implications for the future. Illustrated.
Family and Community. Italian
Immigrants in Buffalo, 1880-1930. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977.
Discusses family organization, marriage practices and community support for families in the ghetto. Focus on family needs taking priority over individual needs. Can be edited for students.