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Al-Anon and Alateen   Offers support for families and friends of alcoholics.

Annie E. Casey Strengthening Families / Strengthening Schools Toolkit

Center for Family in Transition      Building B, Suite 300, 5725 Paradise Drive, Cored Madera, CA 94925, (415) 927 5750 Independent non-profit clinical, educational, and research center. Supported by private funding and foundations. Studies families in separation, divorce, and remarriage, including preventive interventions, child stealing, joint custody, and a 10-year follow-up study of a divorce population Research results published in scientific journals. Sponsors professional training seminars and conferences. Also offers mediation, divorce, and remarriage counseling, consultation, and advocacy services.

Center for Parent and Youth Understanding    CPYU helps parents and young people deal with pop culture and the media blitz. Use Search mechanism to access full archive of articles.

Center for Youth and Family Ministry   Working alongside frontline leaders, Fuller Seminary’s Center for Youth and Family Ministry (CYFM) provides resources and training for youth and family workers that are accessible, practical and grounded in research.

Child and Family Studies at Westat Research Corporation of Maryland

Child Welfare League of America

Focus on the Family      Colorado Springs, CO 90995, (719) 633-6287

Foster Care Information Service    Foster Care Information Service is a private educational institution created by the operators of Bluewater Family Support Services to act as an information provider to professionals and program administrators in the treatment foster care field. Bluewater took this step in response to a growing number of inquiries from across North America for more information on the theory, methods, and techniques it was pioneeering in Parkhill, Ontario, Canada. To maintain Bluewater’s operating philosophy of low administrative overhead, Foster Care Information Service is required to be financially self supporting. Executive Director, Abe Suderman, and Treatment Coordinator, Wilf Graham, are two of the key figures in the Foster Care Information Service management team.

The Fourth Turning   Neil Howe and William Strauss are known for their research and books on the generational waves of adolescents (Gen X. Gen Y, etc.). Here you can get a quick review of all their research, books and thinking. Their message: the year 2005 will mark a great revolution from individualism to a new communal spirit led by youth. See what you think.

Harvard Family Research Project   

The Heritage Foundation    Patrick F. Fagan, William H.G. FitzGerald Senior Fellow in Family and Cultural Issues.

National CASA Association    2722 East Lake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98102, (206) 328-8588.Maintains reports on five CASA programs that used a project model and developed unique variations to fit local needs. Contact the National Council of Jewish Women, 15 East 26th Street, New York City, NY 10010.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges   P.O. Box 8978, Reno, NV 89507, (702) 784-6012

National Human Services Assembly: Family Strengthening Policy Center

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention U.S. Department of Justice, 633 Indiana Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20531, (202) 307-0751

Stepfamily Association of America          No. 212 Lincoln Center, 215 S. Centennial Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508, (402) 477 7837Families interested in stepfamily relationships. Acts as a support network and national advocate for stepparents, remarried parents, and their children. Works to improve the quality of life for American stepfamilies and affirm the value of step relationships. Helps the community and members of stepfamilies understand and deal with differences in positive ways that bring satisfaction and a sense of personal growth and accomplishment. Provides education and children’s services, chapter meetings, stepfamily survival courses, support groups, communication courses and referral services. Conducts mutual help groups consisting of three to six couples who meet on a regular basis to share experiences and discuss their remarriage and stepfamily situations. Publishes the quarterly, Stepfamilies, among other materials. Hosts annual conference.

Stepfamily Foundation     333 West End Avenue, New York City, NY 10023, (212) 877 3244   Remarried persons with children, interested professionals, and divorced persons. Gathers information on the stepfamily and stepfamily relationships. Holds group counseling sessions for stepfamilies and training groups for interested persons and professionals. Organizes lectures and workshops. Maintains small library. Publishes Stepfamilies Foundation-Newsletter, quarterly. Also publishes other materials. Hosts semiannual conventions.   All the books by well-known Christian authors John and Susan Yates and family on the topic of family, parenting, character, college and praying for your children and teens.

See your Yellow Pages under “Social and Human Services.”

You will be surprised to see all that is available through religious and secular organizations.

Ypulse   YPulse was founded on the premise that marketers know more about adolescents than parents or youth leaders. Here is a site sponsored by ScenarioDNA which tells you much more than other marketers reveal. “Ypulse provides daily news and commentary about GenY. See “Tweens,” “Christian Teen Media,” “Youth Media.” Just poke around this site to feel the pulse of teens and their interaction with advertising…. You”ll sense the shaping of consumerist identities.


Beyette, B. “Family: Idealized version is now a vanishing species.” (1989, December 3). Los Angeles Times. Depicts the vanishing traditional family in one case study of a nuclear family in a California suburb. Most helpful are statistics given at the end of the article on social and economic trends affecting the “traditional” version of the family.

Beyette, B. “Tallying new family ties.” (1990, March 23). Los Angeles Times. Identifies the aims of the U.S. Census Bureau to statistically define the changing shape of the American “family” with information from the 1990 census. The Bureau hopes to learn from respondents what new societal trends are, and what changes are needed in government, business, and industry.

Brown, J.L., Pratto, D.J., & Rodman, H. (1989, March). “Social relationships as determinants of parental satisfaction with self-care arrangements for children.” Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 18(1), 8-15. Analysis of a magazine questionnaire data from 1,194 mothers identifying variables contributing to their satisfaction with child self-care arrangements.

Bundy, M.L. & Poppen, W.A. (1989, June). “Children in self-care arrangements.” Journal of Counseling and Development, 67(10), 592-592.

Coats, D. (1989, Spring). “Family matters.” Notre Dame Magazine, pp. 32-41. Adapted from a speech at Notre Dame University by Indiana Senator Dan Coats, Republican leader of the Senate Children, Family, Drug and Alcoholism Subcommittee, this article addresses the reconstruction of the American family. Coats stresses that “family, not individualism, must answer a person’s need for community, shared moral values and for participation in a common vision of the good life.”

Coleman, M., Rowland, B. & Robinson, B. (1989, Spring). “Latchkey children and school-age child care: A review of programming needs.” Child and Youth Quarterly, 18(1), 19-48. Discusses issues impeding research in the fields of school-age child care and latchkey children.

Coleman, M. & Ganong, L. (1987, January). “An evaluation of the stepfamily self-help literature for children and adolescents.” Family Relations, 36(1), 61-65.Reviews eleven stepfamily self-help books. The general interest is rated in relationship to appropriateness for adolescents and children.

“Court appointed special advocate: The guardian ad litem for the abused and neglected child.” (1978, August). Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 29, 65-70.This article describes the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program of King County, Washington, including rationale, recruitment, selection, training, and program administration.

Croke, K. (1989, January 1). “The key to growing up.”  New York Daily News.The biggest problems for latchkey kids are boredom and loneliness. Parents can alleviate this by letting them know they are interested and aware of what is going on with them.

Crosbie-Burnett, M. & Skyles, A. (1989). “Stepchildren in schools and colleges: Recommendations for educational policy changes.” Family Relations, 38, 59-64.This article proposes educational policy changes for schools and colleges to enable them to be more responsive to the growing number of stepchildren in educational institutions.

Crosbie-Burnett, M. & Pulvino. C. (1990, March). “Children in non-traditional families: A classroom guidance program.” School Counselor, 37(4), 286-293. Describes a classroom guidance program developed to help schools become more responsive to students and parents from single- and stepparent families. Discussion topics and possible emotional responses are listed.

Dembling, S. (1990, September 2).  “The stepparent trap.” Dallas Morning News, G10-G12. Everyday situations of stepfamilies and their struggles. Also, seven commonly recognized stages of stepfamily development are identified and discussed.

Diamond, J.M., Kataria, S, & Messer, S.C. (1989, Summer). “Latchkey children: A pilot study investigating behavior and academic achievement.” Child and Youth Care Quarterly, 18(2), 131-140. Results of a questionnaire comparing latchkey kids at home alone or with younger siblings, semi-latchkey kids at home with older siblings and non-latchkey kids. Few differences were found.

Diegmueller, Karen. (1989, August 7). “Extended definition of family fuels partnership controversy.” Insight, pp. 18-19.”A court ruling in New York and a pending San Francisco city law give unmarried people in unconventional living arrangements a victory: some of the legal protections and benefits of traditional marriages. The gains by the domestic partnership movement fuel the debate on the erosion of the traditional family.”

Dukes, R.L. (1989, January). “The cinderella myth: Negative evaluations of stepparents.” Sociology and Social Research, 73(2), 67-72. Studied how 144 undergraduates evaluated stepparents. Findings show no significant difference between rating stepparent’s effectiveness and rating natural parent’s effectiveness with stepchildren and natural children.

Glaberson, W. (1989, July 16) “The new family.” (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun Sentinel. pp. 1D+. A New York state ruling marks a critical step in a changing definition of the family. The ruling belies a fundamental change in the way traditional nuclear families are viewed in American society, with legal and social ramifications.

Glick, P.C. (1990, April). “American families: As they are and were.” Sociology and Social Research, 74(3), 139-145. Changing American family life cycles have become more complex. The changes have resulted from shifts in social and cultural conditions. The article presents differing opinions by knowledgeable people about the status and future of the U.S. family.

Glick, P.C. (1989). “Remarried families, stepfamilies, and stepchildren: A brief demographic profile.” Family Relations, 38, 24-27.This article presents estimates of family structures for 1987 and 1980 and shows how the estimates were derived.

Heath, D.T. & McKenry, P.C. (1989). “Potential benefits of companion animals for self-care children.” Childhood Education, 65(5), 311-314.

Hugick, L. “Ties that bind are still tight poll says.” (1989 July 2). Philadelphia Inquirer. An analysis of the May 1989 Gallup Poll notes that family ties and bonds remain, despite a changing family structure that puts relatives at increased geographical distances.

Janda, L.H. & MacCormack, E. “Patience is key to building bliss in second families.” (1989, February 5). (Norfolk) Virginia-Pilot, F13-F16. Survey of 108 stepfamilies and responses of how they are working together.

Kantrowitz, B. & Wingert, P. (1990, Winter/Spring special issue). “Step by step.” Newsweek, pp. 24-34. Discusses issues within the stepfamily and how some stepfamilies are handling them.

Kavanaugh, M. (1989, December 16). “Attitudes, reality shape new set of ties that bind.” Cincinnati (Ohio) Post. Discusses the changing perception of the American family to “a group of people who love and care for each other.” Evidence shows that while most people want a traditional, concrete, nuclear family, most will not have one.

Koblinsky, S.A. & Todd, C.M. (1989, October). “Teaching self-care skills to latchkey children: A review of research.” Family Relations, 38 (4), 431-435.

Lakes, G. (1990, January 1). “The future of the family.”  Missoula, MN. Missoulian. There are tremendous and increasing burdens being placed on the American family unit; generally, these can be seen as the reflection of problems of the larger society. However, recent awareness of the importance of the family is beginning to show in trends such as the leveling off the divorce rate and the stabilization of the birth rate.

Libman, J. “Families: Remarriage creates new challenge.” (1990, January 5). Los Angeles Times, G7-G11. Interviews on issues concerning holidays, helping the kids, adjusting to marriage, and daily life.

Lovko, A.M. & Ullman, D.G. (1989, March). “Research on the adjustment of latchkey children role of background/demographic and latchkey situation variables. “Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 18(1) 16-24. “Study of relationship among situation, background and demographic variables and indices of adjustment in latchkey kids ages 8-12 1/2 years.”

Mancini, J.A. & Orthner, D.K. (1988, October). “The context and consequences of family change.” Family Relations, 37(4), 363-366.

Marsh, H.W. (1990, June). “Two parent, stepparent, and single-parent families: Changes in achievement, attitudes, and behaviors during the last two years of high school.” Journal of Educational Psychology, 82(2), 327-340.Students were surveyed in both their sophomore and senior years. No significant differences were found in relation to family configurations.

Martin, P.M. “What’s it like to be a kid today?” (1989, October 22). Neptune, NJ: Asbury Park Press. Explores the fate of the American family, in light of sweeping economic and demographic changes that have occurred at every income level in every ethnic group and geographic region around the country. Includes statistics, attempts at legislation, and the effect on parents, educators, and society.

Medler, B.W., Strother, J., Dameron, J, & DeNardo, N. (1987, Spring). “Identification and treatment of stepfamily issues for counselors and teachers.” TACD Journal, 15(1), 49-60.Discusses the stress involved with children and adolescents as one parent remarries and forms a stepfamily. Emotional progression of denial, anger, guilt/depression, acceptance/rejection is discussed.

Misser, S.C., Wiensch, K.L., & Diamond, J.M. (1989, September). “Former latchkey children: Personality and academic correlates.” Journal of Genetic Psychology, 150(3), 301-309.”No significant differences were found between latchkey and non-latchkey groups on a personality and academic achievement measures in a study that examined the prevalence and correlates of former latchkey status.”

Nichols, A.W. & Schilit, R. (1988, January/February). “Telephone support for latchkey children.” Child Welfare, 67(1) 49-59.

Padilla, M.L. & Landreth, G.L. (1989, July/August). “Latchkey children: A review of the literature.” Child Welfare, 68(4) 445-454.

Pasley, K. & Ihinger-Tallman, M. (1985, October). “Portraits of stepfamily life in popular literature: 1940-1980.” Family Relations, 34(4), 527-534. Discusses magazine articles on stepfamily life from 1940 to 1980.

Peterson, L. (1989, March). “Latchkey children’s preparation for self-care: Overestimated, underrehearsed, and unsafe.” Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 18(1) 36-43. Deals with proper preparation of latchkey children to avoid injuries, emotional problems, and poor selection of activities.

Peterson, L. & Magrab, P. (1989, March). “Introduction to the special section: Children on their own.” Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 18(1) 2-7. “Examines the influences of society, schools and other institutions, families and the children themselves on the outcome of child self-care arrangements.”

Price, J. (1989, December 15). “Family group sees 1990s as perilous.” The Washington Times. Covers the concerns of the Family Research Council, a conservative family advocacy group, which fears that children growing up in non-traditional homes are at higher risk for teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, scholastic failure, psychosexual disorder, and suicide. Particularly at risk are black families, in which 61% of children are born out of wedlock, and 52% of households with children are headed by a single parent. The article includes U.S. Census Bureau reports on two-parent households, and out-of-wedlock births from 1970 to 1988.

Ragag, C.K. & Shultze, G.L. “Child protection: Providing ongoing services.” Kirschner Associates, Inc. This manual for child protection workers addresses all aspects of ongoing service provision to abused and neglected children and their parents, including assessment, direct services, monitoring, evaluation of progress, foster care, juvenile courts, and termination. Available in microfiche from the National Institute of Justice, NCJRS Microfiche Program, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850. Order NCJ 94260.

Rich, S. (1989, September 5). “A generation alters notion of U.S. family.” The Washington Post. September 1989 reports issued by the U.S. Census Bureau show a dramatic change in the American family over the past generation. This change is marked by the increased number of singles, rising divorce rates, and an increase in the number of households headed by a single parent.

Roark, A.C. (1989, September 6). “Drug use seen higher among latchkey youth.” Los Angeles Times. Latchkey kids are twice as likely to use cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana as those under adult supervision regardless of sex, race, family income, academic performance, involvement in sports or other extra curricular activities. The amount of time spent home alone was the greatest contributing factor.

Sauer, L.E. & Fine, M. (1988, June). “Parent-child relationships in stepparent families. “Journal of Family Psychology, 1(4), 434-451. Compared college students’ perceptions of parent-child relationships in stepfamilies with intact families. Forty-seven students from stepfamilies and 130 from intact families replied.

Skeen, P., Covi, R.B., & Robinson, B.E. (1985, October). “Stepfamilies: A review of the literature with suggestions for practitioners.” Journal of Counseling and Development, 64, 121-125. This article provides information concerning various stepfamily members and the uniqueness of stepfamily relationships.

Sporakowski, M.J. (1988, October). “A therapist’s views on the consequences of change for the contemporary family.” Family Relations, 37 (4), 373-378. Changes in the contemporary family structure have implications for family therapy theory and practice. Sporakowski recommends that therapists should be generalists first, and then pursue specific problems and specialties with the ultimate goal of helping clients to help themselves.

Starkman, D. (1989, February 26). “Coming to grips with life as it is.” Providence (RI) Journal. Announces the March 1989 Brown University conferences on “The Changing American Family,” examining the need to reassess national policies and legislation that recognize the value of preserving families and that allocate resources accordingly.

Stackman, D. (1989, March 2). “The old image no longer applies: Brown university public affairs conference.” Providence (RI) Journal. Report from Brown University Public Affairs Conference on the changing structure of the U.S. family. The American family has changed fundamentally and inexorably in recent decades; the challenge to society is to recognize the changes and plan for them.

Steinberg, L. (1986). “Latchkey children and susceptibility to peer pressure: An ecological analysis. “Developmental Psychology, 22 (4), 433-439.

Thornton, A. (1989, November). “Changing attitudes toward family issues in the United States.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 52 (4), 873-893.

Yoe, M.R. (1989, Spring). “See Dick and Jane change. “Notre Dame Magazine, pp. 32-34.The author’s personal account of her family life and images (both from her childhood and with her own children) illustrates in narrative form the changes that have taken place in the American family.


Balswick, Jack O. & Judith K. (2014, 4th ed.). The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home. Baker Academic. 416pp. – Combines current family scientific theory with theology to give a thorough Christian sociological examination of the family.

Bane, M.J. (1978). Here to stay: American families in the twentieth century. Basic Books.

Bradshaw, John (1990). Bradshaw On: The Family: A New Way of Creating Solid Self-Esteem. HCI. – Bradshaw discusses the cause of emotionally impaired families, and how this dysfunction is passed on from parents to children. He shows ways to escape from cyclical traps by making conscious choices leading to healthy lives and healthy families.

Carlson, A.C. (1988). Family questions: Reflections on the American social crisis. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books. In this scholarly, well-documented work, Carlson looks critically at the state of the U.S. family by reframing problems in new questions.

Desetta, A. (ed.). (1996). The heart knows something different: Teenage voices from the foster care system: Youth communications. Persea Books.

Duvall, E.M. & Miller, B.C. (1985). Marriage and family development. New York City: Harper & Row. A complete text with developmental emphasis. Includes chapters on attraction, dating, & mate selection, intimacies, love & sexual attitudes and behavior, families with teenagers, families launching young adults, through death in the family, and more.

Eckler, J.D. (1988). Step-by-stepparenting. Crozet, Virginia: Betterway Publishing, Inc.The book reflects both the adjustments that were made to make the author’s blended family a successful one and his years of experience as a minister and marriage counselor.

Gelles, R. (1996). The book of David: How preserving families can cost children’s lives. New York: Basic Books.The author moved from a position of family preference in all cases to a fear of what can happen to children in abusive homes. Describes lethal failures in the child welfare system.

Goldstein, J. (ed.). (1996). The best interests of the child: the least detrimental alternative. New York: Free Press.

Hales, D. (1988). The Family (The encyclopedia of health, life cycle series). New York City: Chelsea House. Broad, easy-to-read encyclopedic volume detailing various aspects of family life: current situation, history, heredity, life cycle, family planning, family dynamics, adoption, and challenges for the family now and in the future.

Kaplan, L.S. (1988). Coping with stepfamilies. New York City: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. Notes that first time and stepfamilies are minimally different. Both face challenges.

Long, L. & Long. T. (1983). The handbook for latchkey children and their parents. New York City: Arbor House.

Macklin, E.D., & Rubin, R.H. (1982). Contemporary families and alternative lifestyles: Handbook on research and theory. Sage.

McCormick, R.A. (1981). Notes on moral theology 1965-1980. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America. A Roman Catholic perspective (see the index for material on the family).

McDonald, T.P., Allen, R. & Westerfelt, A. (eds.). (1997). Assessing the long term effects of foster care: A research synthesis. Child Welfare League of America.

Mott, S. (1985). Nursing care of children and families: A holistic approach. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. A comprehensive description of health care and social-emotional issues relating to family.

Olson, D.H. & Miller, B.C. (eds.). (1983-85). Family studies review yearbook. Beverly Hills, London, New Delhi: Sage Publications. Important variety of anthropological, sociological, and social work studies and articles, in hardcover volumes of 800 pages.

Rubin, L. (1977). Worlds of pain: Life in the working class family. Basic.

Sadler, J.D. (1988). Families in transition: An annotated bibliography. Hamden, CT: Archon Books. Extensive annotated bibliography covering interrelated topics dealing with the family. Specifically, Sadler deals with social and economic forces that have fostered changes in the structure of families. The bibliography consists primarily of basic introductory work, professional works, social and psychological studies, personal narratives, and popular work from the late seventies through the eighties. Also included is a list of associations and organizations, as well as indices to subjects, authors and titles, films, audio- and videocassettes. Topics covered include: single parents, stepfamilies, adoptive and foster care families, divorce, custody and child support issues, working parents, self care children, teen pregnancy and parenthood, and homosexual relationships.

Skolnick, A.S. and Skolnick, J.H. (1988). Family in transition: Rethinking marriage, sexuality, child rearing, and family organization (6th ed.). Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company. A scholarly collection of articles pertaining to family and intimacy from authors such as Robert Bellah and Tamara Hareven. Topics covered are family origins, demographic trends, gender and sex, coupling, children, family variations, and family politics.

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