Cover: The Family’s Construction of Reality, from Harvard University PressCover: The Family’s Construction of Reality in PAPERBACK

The Family’s Construction of Reality

Product Details


Print on Demand

$45.00 • £39.95 • €40.95

ISBN 9780674294165

Publication Date: 01/01/1987


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 table, 10 line illustrations


Add to Cart

Media Requests:

Related Subjects

  • Introduction. Charting Our Course
  • I. Family Problem Solving and Family Interpreting
    • 1. The Family Construction of the Laboratory
      • Family Information Processing and Schizophrenia
      • A Theoretical Sketch of Family Information Processing
      • Three Measures of Family Information Processing
      • Schizophrenia and Family Information Processing
      • Beyond Family Information Processing: The Family Construes the Laboratory
      • The Concept of a Shared Construct
      • A Typology of Shared Constructs
      • Dimensions of Family Constructs
    • 2. Family Problem Solving and Shared Construing
      • Strategy One: Comparing Three Groups of Families
      • Strategy Two: Direct Assessments of Shared Construing
      • Strategy Three: Pursuing Significant Alternate Hypotheses
  • II. Family Crisis and Family Paradigm
    • 3. The Role of the Family in Organizing Experience
      • Personal Explanatory Systems
      • The Family as Originator of Explanatory Systems
      • How Prevalent Is the Originative Family?
    • 4. Crisis and the Development of the Family Paradigm
      • Outline of a New Model
      • Family Stress and Disorganization
      • Vulnerability to Stress and Disorganization
      • Family Reorganization
    • 5. The Abstraction of the Family Paradigm
      • The Need for Abstraction
      • The Process of Social Abstraction
      • The Results of Abstraction
      • Abstraction and Paradigm
    • 6. The Conservation of the Family Paradigm
      • The Temporal Patterning of Crisis and Change
      • The Medium of Conservation
      • Interaction Behavior in the Conservation of the Family Paradigm
      • The Specificity of Conservation
  • III. The Family’s Bond to Its Social World
    • 7. Orienting Concepts in Family-Environment Organization
      • The Cycle Hypothesis
      • Components of the Cycle Hypothesis
      • Links between the Family and Its Social World
      • Organizing Constructions in the Social Environment
      • Paradigm, Code, Map, and Objective: Central Correspondences
      • Family Paradigm, Links, and Environment: A Concluding Example
    • 8. Exploring the Cycle Hypothesis
      • The Organizational Objective
      • Short-Term Links between the Family and the Environment
      • Long-Term Links between the Family and the Environment
      • Matching the Cycle Hypothesis and the Findings
  • Conclusion. A Second Look at Shared Constructs
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500, by Peter Wilson, from Harvard University Press

A Lesson in German Military History with Peter Wilson

In his landmark book Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500, acclaimed historian Peter H. Wilson offers a masterful reappraisal of German militarism and warfighting over the last five centuries, leading to the rise of Prussia and the world wars. Below, Wilson answers our questions about this complex history,