Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx


Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439124892

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 9160

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

Identifying Relevant Information for Testing Technique Selection

An Instantiated Characterization Schema


Author: Sira Vegas,Natalia Juristo,Victor R. Basili

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461504198

Category: Computers

Page: 281

View: 9548

Engineering tasks are supposed to achieve defined goals under certain project constraints. Example goals of software engineering tasks include achieving a certain functionality together with some level of reliability or performance. Example constraints of software engineering tasks include budget and time limitations or experience limitations of the developers at hand. Planning of an engineering project requires the selection of techniques, methods and tools suited to achieve stated goals under given project constraints. This assumes sufficient knowledge regarding the process-product relationships (or effects) of candidate techniques, methods and tools. Planning of software projects suffers greatly from lack of knowledge regarding the process-product relationships of candidate techniques, methods and tools. Especially in the area of testing a project planner is confronted with an abundance of testing techniques, but very little knowledge regarding their effects under varying project conditions. This book offers a novel approach to addressing this problem: First, based on a comprehensive initial characterization scheme (see chapter 7) an overview of existing testing techniques and their effects under varying conditions is provided to guide the selection of testing approaches. Second, the optimisation of this knowledge base is suggested based on experience from experts, real projects and scientific experiments (chapters 8, 9, and 10). This book is of equal interest to practitioners, researchers and students. Practitioners interested in identifying ways to organize their company-specific knowledge about testing could start with the schema provided in this book, and optimise it further by applying similar strategies as offered in chapters 8 and 9.

Analyzing Evolutionary Algorithms

The Computer Science Perspective


Author: Thomas Jansen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 364217339X

Category: Computers

Page: 258

View: 8787

Evolutionary algorithms is a class of randomized heuristics inspired by natural evolution. They are applied in many different contexts, in particular in optimization, and analysis of such algorithms has seen tremendous advances in recent years. In this book the author provides an introduction to the methods used to analyze evolutionary algorithms and other randomized search heuristics. He starts with an algorithmic and modular perspective and gives guidelines for the design of evolutionary algorithms. He then places the approach in the broader research context with a chapter on theoretical perspectives. By adopting a complexity-theoretical perspective, he derives general limitations for black-box optimization, yielding lower bounds on the performance of evolutionary algorithms, and then develops general methods for deriving upper and lower bounds step by step. This main part is followed by a chapter covering practical applications of these methods. The notational and mathematical basics are covered in an appendix, the results presented are derived in detail, and each chapter ends with detailed comments and pointers to further reading. So the book is a useful reference for both graduate students and researchers engaged with the theoretical analysis of such algorithms.

101 Interventions in Family Therapy


Author: Thorana S Nelson,Terry S Trepper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317773292

Category: Psychology

Page: 454

View: 3903

Here is an exciting collection of favorite and successful family therapy interventions from therapists which inspire more creative therapy methods in your own practice. 101 Interventions in Family Therapy features contributions by a diverse group of well-known leaders in the field, “therapists on the street,” and faculty of family therapy training programs. Each clinician presents a creative and useful intervention beginning with a complete description of the method, followed by the specific indications and contraindications for its application, and concludes with a particular case illustration. These engaging and informative stories document helpful interventions that really work, not the exotic and impractical methods of prolific marriage and family authors. Therapists at all levels can learn and incorporate these into their work with families. Practicing clinicians will learn what works for other therapists while graduate-level students and beginning counselors will benefit from the integration of theory and practice exemplified in the practical case examples. The rich and varied writing styles in this enjoyable volume reflect a multitude of personal therapeutic styles. You will find valuable insight and innovative treatment methods on critical family therapy topics such as eating disorders, the adolescent years, marriage counseling, stepfamilies, divorce therapy, communication difficulties, and conflicts with dual career couples. The smorgasbord of interventions found in this book include bibliotherapy, use of touch, creative use of space, ritual enactment, gift-giving, storytelling and countless other interventions, both revolutionary and commonsense, to enhance and improve your therapy with families.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Multidimensional Perspective


Author: Jose Ashford,Craig LeCroy

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495601691

Category: Social Science

Page: 720

View: 6875

Ashford and LeCroy’s groundbreaking book offers students a balanced, integrated introduction to human behavior in the social environment. Lively and comprehensive, this book succeeds by helping students connect foundation knowledge with practice concerns. Study tables and concept maps (for each discussion of behavior in the development chapters) clarify major phases of biopsychosocial development across the life span. The authors take an integrative, multidimensional approach, discussing integrative practice, theory, treatment, and services throughout. This framework gives readers a concrete tool for assessing human behavior from a perspective that truly reflects the values and knowledge base of the social work profession. The text presents solid coverage of foundation knowledge, integrates the biopsychosocial dimensions for assessing social functioning, and offers case studies to illuminate the applied aspects of HBSE content. The authors successfully combine a multidimensional approach with consistent attention to diversity, giving readers a meaningful, exciting learning experience. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Random Families

Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin


Author: Rosanna Hertz,Margaret K. Nelson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190888296

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 1421

The ready availability of donated sperm and eggs has made possible an entirely new form of family. Children of the same donor and their families, with the help of the internet, can now locate each other and make contact. Sometimes this network of families form meaningful connections that blossom into longstanding groups, and close friendships. This book is about unprecedented families that have grown up at the intersection of new reproductive technologies, social media and the human desire for belonging. Random Families asks: Do shared genes make you a family? What do couples do when they discover that their children shares half their DNA with a dozen or more other offspring from the same sperm donor? What do kids find in common with their donor siblings? What becomes of these chance networks once parents and donor siblings find one another? Based on over 350 interviews with children (ages 10-28) and their parents from all over the U.S., Random Families chronicles the chain of choices that couples and single mothers make from what donor to use to how to participate (or not) in donor sibling networks. Children reveal their understanding of a donor, the donor's spot on the family tree and the meaning of their donor siblings. Through rich first-person accounts of network membership, the book illustrates how these extraordinary relationships -- woven from bits of online information and shared genetic ties -- are transformed into new possibilities for kinship. Random Families offers down-to-earth stories from real families to highlight just how truly distinctive these contemporary new forms of family are.

Dynamic Mixed Models for Familial Longitudinal Data


Author: Brajendra C. Sutradhar

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441983428

Category: Mathematics

Page: 494

View: 4401

This book provides a theoretical foundation for the analysis of discrete data such as count and binary data in the longitudinal setup. Unlike the existing books, this book uses a class of auto-correlation structures to model the longitudinal correlations for the repeated discrete data that accommodates all possible Gaussian type auto-correlation models as special cases including the equi-correlation models. This new dynamic modelling approach is utilized to develop theoretically sound inference techniques such as the generalized quasi-likelihood (GQL) technique for consistent and efficient estimation of the underlying regression effects involved in the model, whereas the existing ‘working’ correlations based GEE (generalized estimating equations) approach has serious theoretical limitations both for consistent and efficient estimation, and the existing random effects based correlations approach is not suitable to model the longitudinal correlations. The book has exploited the random effects carefully only to model the correlations of the familial data. Subsequently, this book has modelled the correlations of the longitudinal data collected from the members of a large number of independent families by using the class of auto-correlation structures conditional on the random effects. The book also provides models and inferences for discrete longitudinal data in the adaptive clinical trial set up. The book is mathematically rigorous and provides details for the development of estimation approaches under selected familial and longitudinal models. Further, while the book provides special cares for mathematics behind the correlation models, it also presents the illustrations of the statistical analysis of various real life data. This book will be of interest to the researchers including graduate students in biostatistics and econometrics, among other applied statistics research areas. Brajendra Sutradhar is a University Research Professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, Canada. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. He has published about 110 papers in statistics journals in the area of multivariate analysis, time series analysis including forecasting, sampling, survival analysis for correlated failure times, robust inferences in generalized linear mixed models with outliers, and generalized linear longitudinal mixed models with bio-statistical and econometric applications. He has served as an associate editor for six years for Canadian Journal of Statistics and for four years for the Journal of Environmental and Ecological Statistics. He has served for 3 years as a member of the advisory committee on statistical methods in Statistics Canada. Professor Sutradhar was awarded 2007 distinguished service award of Statistics Society of Canada for his many years of services to the society including his special services for society’s annual meetings.

The Divorce Process

A Handbook for Clinicians


Author: Craig A. Everett

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780866566629

Category: Medical

Page: 261

View: 9056

Professionals who work with divorcing couples and their families will be inspired by this important book on effective clinical assessment and intervention. The book blends a variety of expert contributions--descriptive, theoretical, and empirical--into a practical handbook that focuses on resources for dealing with the anger and pain of parting spouses and disrupted childhoods. A rich array of clinically useful materials is provided. The book covers background theory, marital interaction, the definition of clinical dysfunctions in children of divorce, specific clinical features of childhood developmental levels, post-divorce reorganization, and models of group work.

Work, Family and Religion in Contemporary Society

Remaking Our Lives


Author: Nancy Tatom Ammerman,Wade Clark Roof

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136658823

Category: Religion

Page: 370

View: 8546

Until recently, religious institutions have been organized to suit the traditional American family, where the wife stayed at home, caring for children. Today, churches and synagogues are beginning to adapt to the reality of the American family: dual-career marriages, high levels of divorce, interfaith marriages, partnerships that may not be marriages. Religious organizations must serve families that don't fall into the Ozzie and Harriet mold. The first group of papers in this edited volume documents changing trends in the connection between religion, work, and the family. In the second part of the book, we see how changing families and flexible congregations are experimenting with new forms of religious life.


An Introduction


Author: Geoffrey Grimmett,Dominic Welsh

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191019933

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

View: 8897

Probability is an area of mathematics of tremendous contemporary importance across all aspects of human endeavour. This book is a compact account of the basic features of probability and random processes at the level of first and second year mathematics undergraduates and Masters' students in cognate fields. It is suitable for a first course in probability, plus a follow-up course in random processes including Markov chains. A special feature is the authors' attention to rigorous mathematics: not everything is rigorous, but the need for rigour is explained at difficult junctures. The text is enriched by simple exercises, together with problems (with very brief hints) many of which are taken from final examinations at Cambridge and Oxford. The first eight chapters form a course in basic probability, being an account of events, random variables, and distributions - discrete and continuous random variables are treated separately - together with simple versions of the law of large numbers and the central limit theorem. There is an account of moment generating functions and their applications. The following three chapters are about branching processes, random walks, and continuous-time random processes such as the Poisson process. The final chapter is a fairly extensive account of Markov chains in discrete time. This second edition develops the success of the first edition through an updated presentation, the extensive new chapter on Markov chains, and a number of new sections to ensure comprehensive coverage of the syllabi at major universities.


1st Latin American Symposium on Theoretical Informatics, Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 6-10, 1992. Proceedings


Author: Imre Simon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540552840

Category: Computers

Page: 544

View: 7946

This volume is the proceedings of LATIN '92, the first of an intended series of symposia on theoretical informatics in a Latin American context. It includes ten invited papers by distinguished guest lecturers as well as numerous selected contributions.

What I Remember

Eighty Years


Author: Paul C. Valentine

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465343253

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 566

View: 5247

THIS IS THE STORY OF ONE MAN'S MEMORY of the past 80 years of our history in the 20th and beginning of the 21st century -- Recollections of the ending of the Great Depression -- World War II -- Growing up in Elgin, Illinois -- Elgin High School -- College years at DePauw University, Miami University of Ohio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford Law School -- the Air Force -- Polio in the '50s -- Washington D.C. in the Kennedy Years -- Law practice in Palo Alto -- Vietnam protests -- Turmoil on the Stanford Campus -- The Creative Initiative Foundation -- Nuclear power and alternative energy -- Beyond War -- His 57 - year marriage to Nancy Elizabeth Hodge of Niles, Ohio -- their family of three children and seven grandchildren and their living in retirement at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, California. This is a story of ordinary people who found meaning in their lives in extraordinary times.

Innovation in Small Family Businesses


Author: Sylvie Laforet

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1781004188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

View: 7026

This informative book provides a critical and comprehensive review of the research on innovation in small businesses particularly, the family-owned businesses. Innovation in Small Family Businesses explores how innovation is developed and carried out in small family-owned businesses, the factors underpinning it, and the innovation drivers and barriers in these firmsÕ context. Sylvie Laforet also offers suggestions on how innovation can be fostered and perhaps, sustained in small family-owned businesses and discusses the governmentÕs role in this. The book makes an important contribution to the theoretical development of family firmsÕ and small businessesÕ innovation. The detailed and critical literature review will provide useful reference points for both academics and students and identifies avenues for future research for the area. Policymakers and practitioners will also find this compact compendium insightful.

Existence and Regularity Properties of the Integrated Density of States of Random Schrödinger Operators


Author: Ivan Veselic

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540726896

Category: Mathematics

Page: 142

View: 9772

This book describes in detail a quantity encoding spectral feature of random operators: the integrated density of states or spectral distribution function. It presents various approaches to the construction of the integrated density of states and the proof of its regularity properties. The book also includes references to and a discussion of other properties of the IDS as well as a variety of models beyond those treated in detail here.

Systems Theory and Family Therapy

A Primer


Author: Dorothy Stroh Becvar,Raphael J. Becvar

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761812951

Category: Psychology

Page: 129

View: 8849

Systems Theory and Family Therapy describes the basic concepts of systems theory and its application in family therapy in a clear, understandable manner with many illustrations drawn from clinical practice. This edition provides a revised and updated version of the original, that simplifies a complex area of study, enabling students to learn the subject more easily without being overwhelmed by the language normally employed in presenting these subjects. The authors discuss the distinctions between modernism and postmodernism as well as first-order and second-order cybernetics. They also include discussions of constructivism and social constructionism, as well as the ramifications of these perspectives for the theory and practice of family therapy.

Geriatric rehabilitation


Author: Bryan Kemp,Kenneth Brummel-Smith,Joseph W. Ramsdell

Publisher: Pro Ed


Category: Medical

Page: 459

View: 1578

Ein Todesfall in der Familie



Author: James Agee,Gerda von Uslar

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406583889

Category: Knoxville Tenn. - Familie - Tod - Geschichte 1915 - Belletristische Darstellung

Page: 399

View: 2021

Community Care for Health Professionals


Author: Ann Compton,Mary Ashwin

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

ISBN: 1483141284

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

View: 1132

Community Care for Health Professionals presents information needed by health professionals for an effective transitioning from institutional to community-based care. The book is comprised 12 chapters that are organized into two parts. The first part covers social policy and various issues, including legal, sociological, and psychological issues. The second part covers the skills required for a successful community practice, such as working with individuals, families, and groups. The text will be of great use to health professionals who are working in the community or have plans to do so.

The LLL Algorithm

Survey and Applications


Author: Phong Q. Nguyen,Brigitte Vallée

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642022952

Category: Computers

Page: 496

View: 6857

The first book to offer a comprehensive view of the LLL algorithm, this text surveys computational aspects of Euclidean lattices and their main applications. It includes many detailed motivations, explanations and examples.

Oreochromis—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition



Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 1481690698

Category: Science

Page: 40

View: 6774

Oreochromis—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition is a ScholarlyPaper™ that delivers timely, authoritative, and intensively focused information about ZZZAdditional Research in a compact format. The editors have built Oreochromis—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about ZZZAdditional Research in this book to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Oreochromis—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at http://www.ScholarlyEditions.com/.