From economic hardship to emotional stress, from family violence to divorce, the family unit today may face nearly unbearable pressures -- pressures that threaten its survival as a social institution. How pervasive is stress within the family unit? Can disturbed relationships be re-adjusted and, if so, what treatment modes are available? Answering these and other significant questions associated with family dysfunction, the contributors to this volume explore such issues as the need for developing appropriate intervention theory for children of divorce; the Brief Family Therapy model for troubled parent/child relationships; problems facing families when children are placed in foster or residential care facilities; and strategic rapid intervention for wife battering. Legal policies are also discussed, emphasizing the need for social scientists to assist courts in making custody determinations, and the need for developing treatment plans for juvenile delinquents, batterers and child abusers.Nunnally, Elam W. is the author of 'Troubled Relationships', published 1988 under ISBN 9780803927018 and ISBN 0803927010.