Family preservation has been criticized for implementing programs that are not theoretically founded. One result of this circumstance is a lack of information regarding processes and outcomes of family preservation services. The knowledge base of family preservation is thus rather limited at present and will remain limited unless theory is consistently integrated within individual programs. A model for conceptualizing how theoretical consistency may be implemented within programs is presented and applied to family preservation. It is also necessary for programs to establish theoretical consistency before theoretical diversity, both within individual and across multiple programs, in order to advance the field in meaningful ways. A developmental cycle of knowledge generation is presented and applied to family preservation.
Cavazos Dylla, Debora J. and Berry, Marianne
"The Role of Consistency and Diversity in Building Knowledge in Family Preservation,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 3
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol3/iss1/4