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While family life has conspicuously changed in the past fifty years, it would be a mistake to conclude that family routines and rituals have lost their meaning. In this book Barbara H. Fiese, a clinical and developmental psychologist, examines how the practices of diverse family routines and the meanings created through rituals have evolved to meet the demands of today's busy families. She discusses and integrates various research literatures and draws on her own studies to show how family routines and rituals influence physical and mental health, translate cultural values, and may even be used therapeutically. Looking at a range of family activities from bedtime stories to special holiday meals, Fiese relates such occasions to significant issues including parenting competence, child adjustment, and relational well-being. She concludes by underscoring the importance of flexible approaches to family time to promote healthier families and communities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300116960
ISBN-10: 0300116969
Format: Hardback
(245mm x 186mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Barbara H. Fiese

Barbara H. Fiese is professor and chair of the psychology department, Syracuse University, where she is also senior scientist at the Center for Health and Behavior. She lives in Oswego, NY.

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