American Families in Crisis: A Reference Handbook

Jeffrey Turner (Author)


An urgent, authoritative resource, American Families in Crisis spans the full spectrum of events and conditions that endanger families, offering the latest research and insights while evaluating current strategies and techniques for dealing with challenging family behaviors.

The handbook begins by analyzing the history of family crises in the United States, then looks at how to identify, prevent, and respond to specific problems--everything from marital strife, teen runaways, and unemployment to school shootings, natural disasters, problems created by the Internet, and extended military deployment. The coverage is backed by hundreds of current key reference sources, plus chapters on notable contributors to the field, important data and documents, and resources for further information.

Product Details

Publish Date
March 01, 2009
5.9 X 1.1 X 9.0 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

Jeffrey S. Turner is a professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Mitchell College, New London, CT. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Dating and Sexuality in America and Families in America.


"It would be appropriate for high school students, undergraduates, and the general public. The entries are well written, clear, and interesting." - ARBA
"For high school and college students, scholars, and general readers, Turner (human development and family studies, Mitchell College) offers a guide to specific family crises affecting Americans in the present day, and how they can be identified, prevented, and responded to, with emphasis on their influence on children and how one family member can impact others. The guide focuses on 12 key problems: addiction, adolescent runaways, unemployment, infidelity, divorce, chronic illness and disease, caring for aging family members, domestic violence, school violence, natural disasters, deployed military families, and adolescent suicide. Biographical sketches of seminal figures are included, as are related statistics and documents, a list of organizations, and an annotated bibliography of print and electronic resources, including videos.' " - Reference & Research Book News
"[Turner] provides students and families with an excellent starting point for research on many important domestic problems. His guide is recommended for both public and academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books