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Books - Print & Electronic

Books on Families

 These are a few sample titles.  Look in the library catalog for others or browse the shelves near the call numbers listed.  

A Sociology of Family Life: Change and Diversity in Intimate Relationships
by Chambers, Deborah

New kinds of intimate relationships such as post-divorce families, co-habiting couples, 'friends as family' and same-sex unions are now commonplace. This book explores the growing diversity of family life by presenting a comprehensive assessment of recent research and theory, and foregrounds new thinking about family, parenting, childhood and personal life. - Description from Syndetics
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The Legal Answer Book for Families
by Doskow & Stewart

The quick legal reference for every family. Covers hundreds of legal issues, including: Couples: Marriage requirements, prenuptial agreements, green cards for fiances, rights of same-sex partners, obligations for a spouse s debt, divorce, changing your name after marriage or divorce, and more. Children: Rights of birth and adoptive parents and adopted children, foster care, guardianships, child support, custody and visitation, bullying, teenage run-ins with the law and juvenile court, and kids rights when it comes to work, driving, and special education. - Description from Syndetics
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Military Families
by Engdahl, Sylvia, editor

This title explores issues related to military families, including: do rising costs justify reducing benefits; personal and social problems facing military families; is being part of a military family detrimental to children; and what the government is do. - Description from Syndetics
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Gay Parenting
by Rosenthal, Beth

The Opposing Viewpoints series explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. This title explores the impact of gay parenting on children, the impact of gay families on society, what methods of parenthood should be available to same-sex partners, and what laws should regulate gay parenting. - Description from Syndetics
GCC, GCC North, (8 others)
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Books on Infants, Children or Teens

Your Baby's First Year
by Shelov - American Academy of Pediatrics

From the American Academy of Pediatrics, comes Your Baby's First Year, providing authoritative advice on every aspect of infant care. Featuring new and expanded content: early brain development, guidelines for prenatal care, growth and developmental milestones, physical, emotional, and cognitive development, developmental disabilities, health encyclopedia covering injuries, illnesses, and congenital diseases, breastfeeding discussion, updated safety standards including immunizations, childproofing, and toy safety. - Description from Syndetics
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Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development

An authoritative, accessible and up-to-date account of all aspects of child development. Covers everything from prenatal development to education, pediatrics, neuroscience, theories and research methods to physical development, social development, cognitive development, psychopathology and parenting. It also looks at cultural issues, sex differences and the history of child development.
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by Santrock, John W

Provides compelling contemporary research, including updates from eight leading experts in the field. Subjects: children's health and well-being, parenting and education, diversity, culture, and gender. - Description from Syndetics
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Cognitive Development: Infancy through Adolescence
by Galotti, Kathleen M

9781412966665Kathleen M. GalottiCognitive Development: Infancy Through AdolescenceCognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence by Kathleen M. Galotti is a dynamic look at the cognitive abilities of infants, preschoolers, children, and adolescents. It weaves together a variety of theoretical perspectives, and considers issues of research methodology carefully. The organization of the book is chronological, giving students a look at the "whole child," although certain chapters feature a hybrid organization to consider special topics. Up to date, detailed, and written in Galotti′s clear, engaging, and personal style, this book is likely to be one both undergraduates and graduate students find compelling. Pedagogical features include chapter summaries, review questions that promote critical thinking, and a detailed glossary. - Description from Syndetics
GCC & GCC North
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African American Child : Development and Challenges (2nd Edition)
by Harris & Graham

An evenhanded examination of the challenges affecting the lives of African American children that emphasizes their strengths and resiliency rather than deficits. It is the only text to comprehensively consider the biological, emotional, social, and cultural domains of development in this population. New to the Second Edition: New inclusion of information on African American adolescents.
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What are they thinking?!: The Straight Facts about the risk-taking, social-networking, still-developing teen brain
by White & Swartzwelder

Full of practical anecdotes and examples, acclaimed scientists Aaron White and Scott Swartzwelder draw from the most recent studies on the teen brain to illuminate the complexities of issues such as school, driving, social networking, video games, and mental health in kids whose crucial brain connections are just coming online. - Description from Syndetics
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Teenagers, A Natural History
by Bainbridge, David

Bainbridge, a veterinarian and anatomist at the University of Cambridge, suggests that the second decade is the most important in the human lifecycle. He explains the science behind the changes that occur both on the surface of the teenage body and deep within the teenage brain, from lanky limbs and bad skin to falling in love, sleeping till noon, and the irresistible allure of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. - Description from Syndetics
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Books on Related Issues

Attaching in Adoption, Practical Tools for Today's Parents
by Gray, Deborah D

Provides practical parenting strategies designed to enhance children's happiness and emotional health. It explains what attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children's emotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect, cooperation and trust. - Description from Syndetics
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To the end of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
by Beam, Cris

A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling. . . . Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care, looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The book mirrors the life cycle of a foster child and so begins with the removal of babies and kids from birth families. Beam addresses the intricacies of growing up in the system--the back-and-forth with agencies, the shuffling between pre-adoptive homes and group homes, the emotionally charged tug of prospective adoptive parents and the fundamental pull of birth parents. And then what happens as these system-reared kids become adults? - Description from Syndetics
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The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family: How to Survive and Then Thrive
by Casey, Karen

Bestselling recovery author Karen Casey notes, "Throughout my many decades in recovery rooms I have interacted with thousands of women and men whose journeys reveal, in detail, the harrowing history of dysfunction that has troubled their lives," says Casey. "But what is also apparent in their stories is their eventual and quite triumphant survival, often against extreme odds." Casey shares the stories and the skills these survivors developed to live more creative and fulfilling lives. - Description from Syndetics
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