Find and share professional documents—from curricula to articles to presentations. Our Professional Resource Library is a great way for NCFR members and active Certified Family Life Educators to pool knowledge on a wide variety of family topics.
A fresh collection of original essays by leading scholars that focuses on how families operate in everyday life: what they are, how they work, and why they matter. Families as They Really Are goes to the heart of the family values debate by reframing the question about families from “Are they breaking down?” to “Where are they going, how, and why?”
The Handbook of Family Resilience offers scholarly and practical perspectives on how resilient families adapt and adjust, for those seeking a deeper understanding of the concept as well as clinicians working hands-on with families. Contributors examine resilience across a diverse range of family structures, cultural groups, and challenging circumstances.
Walsh and McGoldrick have fully revised and expanded this landmark work on the impact of death on the family system. The editors' clinical framework identifies variables that heighten risk for individual, couple, or family dysfunction and describes key processes that foster healing and growth.
by Alexandra E. Schmidt, M.S., doctoral candidate, Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services, Texas Tech University
I recently completed an internship for my family therapy master's degree at the Family Studies Center of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where I gained extensive experience in identifying community and family strengths, reframing seemingly hopeless situations, and practicing the art of circular questioning. Most importantly, I learned to relish being emotionally and physically close to those on the brink of life and death.
by Twyla J. Hill, Ph.D., professor of sociology, Wichita State University; and Stacy Tiemeyer, M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Almost all previous research on siblings and caregiving division of labor is qualitative. This quantitative project tested some of the topics suggested by those qualitative studies. While we could not look at how siblings made decisions about who would assist parents, we did explore whether the presence of siblings (and of certain types of siblings) affected the behavior of respondents. We tested four hypotheses.
by Martie Gillen, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, University of Florida; Karen A. Zurlo, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Hyungsoo Kim, associate professor, Department of Family Sciences, University of Kentucky
The projected growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented in the history of the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, one in eight (12.5%) Americans was over age 65. By 2030, one in five (20%) Americans will be over age 65. This increase in the number and diversity of older adults has monumental implications for healthcare spending, retirement planning, and the general management of resources.
by Keith A. Anderson, The Ohio State University, College of Social Work
In this article, we turn our attention to a very special caregiving situation—family caregiving to aging survivors of trauma, specifically the Holocaust. We highlight the findings from a recent qualitative study and outline proactive steps for health care professionals who work with families that have experienced early life trauma.
by Karen A. Roberto, Ph.D., Director, Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech
National surveys suggest that intimate partner violence affects nearly one third of women aged 50 and older each year, with 2%–5% of older women experiencing physical abuse and 10%–32% reporting psychological/emotional abuse by their partners.
by Giovanna Gianesini, Ph.D., social psychologist and postdoctoral researcher, Alma Mater Studiorum University, Bologna, Italy
A focus on relational competence, developmental relationships, psychosocial support, and resilience offers a useful relational and developmental perspective on aging that considers multiple processes that may vary over time as individuals, families, and organizational life are socially embedded.
by Rosemary Blieszner, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech
Many studies have assessed neurological and cognitive changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia; in contrast, relatively fewer investigations of the effects of a relative's early, mild memory loss on family members have been conducted, despite the fact that atypical cognitive functioning can be diagnosed earlier than ever before.