Knowing and Serving Diverse Families addresses the need to understand diversity in families from racial, ethnic and lifestyle dimensions. Based on up-to-date research and years of practice, the book takes a systems approach and examines family structure, ecology, roles, values and interactions with various institutions. This edition includes the most recent human and family developmental research, references the latest government statistics, contains new references, and additional reading selections. It thoughtfully summarizes the realities of diverse families and the responsibilities of helping professionals in promoting their progress, harmony, peace, and human rights.
An introductory textbook for early undergraduate students who are going into the helping professions (loosely defined as social services, law enforcement, health care, teachers, counselors, and others who encounter diverse populations). The material is organized into four sections which focus on basic issues of human and civil rights, racial and ethnic diversity, families with specific structures and memberships, and the role of helping professionals in meeting the needs of different populations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)