APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology

3 vols. APA. (Handbooks in Psychology). 2018. 2065p. ed. by . index. ISBN 9781433829642. $695. PSYCH
Fiese (director, Family Resiliency Ctr., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; editor, Journal of Family Psychology) explores the impact of the family unit on its own environment along with the influence of external forces. Topics include the economy (work stress, finances, medical care), environment (violence, school, religion, military), society (education, marriage, immigration), biology (stress, death, medical issues), and the educational, legal, military, and justice systems. Volume 1 covers the basics of contemporary family psychology, while Volume 2 considers the applications and broad implications of family therapy. Volume 3 examines family therapy training and practices. Articles feature sidebars, charts, flowcharts, and current bibliographies. Each volume has its own index. The essays are written primarily by PhDs and doctoral candidates from the United States, Canada, the UK, Israel, and Australia, and presume familiarity with the subject. While dry reading, this material will be useful to those with a serious interest in psychology. The first page of each article includes a web address allowing readers to purchase a PDF of the chapter.
VERDICT This research-oriented title fills a need in an academic library's graduate and professional collections, as similar volumes are single topic monographs or textbooks. For upper-level undergraduates majoring in psychology or sociology, graduate students, professionals, researchers, and clinicians.

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