Families and Schools: Potential Partners in Children's Development

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 212–213. Reviews the book, Contemporary Families: A Handbook for School Professionals edited by Mary E. Procidano and Celia B. Fisher (1992). This book is well written, scholarly in its presentation of information, yet very readable. Chapters are well organized, and the correspondence in organization across chapters–with sections addressing family processes, children's adjustment, and implications for school professionals–provides continuity that is rare in an edited volume. The sections on implications are consistently excellent. Truly practical recommendations are made, and this gives a sense of optimism that would otherwise be absent amidst discussions replete with family difficulties. The conceptual basis for the book combines family systems and developmental perspectives, resulting in thoughtful and sophisticated discussions of complex social issues. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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