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The Family Dynamic: Canadian Perspectives, 7th Edition

  • Marc Belanger
  • Margaret Ward
  • ISBN-10: 0176700005
  • ISBN-13: 9780176700003
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2011, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

The Family Dynamic: Canadian Perspectives provides a comprehensive, down-to-earth, overview of the constellations of family forms in Canada in the twenty-first century. It broadens students’ understanding of the pluralism of family forms in Canada by including lived experiences in the form of first-person narratives at the beginning of every chapter and real case studies at the end of each chapter--helping future human service workers, social workers, early childhood educators, child and youth care workers, and sociologists understand the wide range of family issues with which they will come into contact. Uniquely, this text paints a vivid picture of family life in this moment in time through comprehensible, straightforward, conversational language that captures students’ imaginations as they explore family forms beyond their own.


  • Each chapter opens with a vignette followed by “Where Do I Fit In?” questions. These reflection questions encourage students to connect with the story, characters, or situations discussed within the vignette.

  • Class and Personal Assignments are included in the end-of-chapter material--presenting opportunity for students to apply chapter concepts to their own lives.

  • To encourage critical reading, the learning objectives have been reworded as questions and are tied to the chapter summaries.

About the Author

Marc Belanger

Marc Bélanger is currently a Sociology instructor at Vanier College. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at McGill University and has previously taught at the American International School in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. To the Family Dynamic: A Canadian Perspective, Marc brings a deep understanding of family life in Quebec.

Margaret Ward

Margaret Ward, PhD, CFLE, has studied human development from conception to death, with an emphasis on family life. Before her retirement, she taught at Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Her particular interest is in adoption, especially adoptions of older children and the impact they have on the life of the adoptive family. She has made a number of presentations at conferences and has had numerous articles on adoption published. Margaret’s blog can be linked to at

Table of Contents

Part One: The Family
Chapter 1: What Is a Family?
Chapter 2: History, Culture, and Canadian Families

Part Two: The Couple Relationship: Merging Differences
Chapter 3: Getting Together
Chapter 4: Wedding Bells … or Not

Part Three: The Expanding Family
Chapter 5: Children—Yes or No?
Chapter 6: Bringing Up Baby

Part Four: The Middle Years of the Family
Chapter 7: The Middle Years of the Family and the Not-So-Empty Nest
Chapter 8: Grey Power and the Sunset Years

Part Five: Changes in the Family
Chapter 9: The Lone-Parent Family—The Future Majority?
Chapter 10: Coming Apart—The Divorce Experience
Chapter 11: The Second Time Around
Chapter 12: The Family, Work, and Caregiving

Part Six: Problems in the Family
Chapter 13: The Family Beleaguered—When Problems Come
Chapter 14: Home Dangerous Home—Violence in the Family
Chapter 15: Poverty and the Family

Part Seven: The Future of Canadian Families
Chapter 16: The Crystal Ball—Predicting the Future of the Family


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

CourseMate Printed Access Card (12 Months) for The Family Dynamic  (ISBN-10: 0176820671 | ISBN-13: 9780176820671)
Online Only Instructor Resources to accompany Belanger's The Family Dynamic  (ISBN-10: 0176820434 | ISBN-13: 9780176820435)

Student Supplements

eBook: The Family Dynamic: Canadian Perspectives  (ISBN-10: 0176853863 | ISBN-13: 9780176853860)
CourseMate Instant Access (12 Months) for The Family Dynamic  (ISBN-10: 0176820590 | ISBN-13: 9780176820596)