Sex Roles, Vol. 41, No. 3/4, 1999 Book Re iews Understanding Diverse Fam ilies: What Practitio ners Need to Know. Barbara Okun, Guilford Press, 1996, $21.95 pape r. As the title of this book implie s, Barbara Okun is writing for the bene® t of clinicians. ``Although we all learn enormously from our clients, remember, it is not the responsibility of clients to educate their therapists. Rather, it is the therapist’ s responsibility to take the initiative for continue d self-aware - ness and learning’ ’ (p. 199). This admonition from the author is one she lives as evide nced by her emphasis on reviewing previous research. She summarizes the stories of 187 familie s she has worked with in therapy and interviews volunte er familie s who have either adopte d/been adopte d/ relinquishe d parental rights, have homosexual partners/parents/childre n, have biracial marriage s/childre n, have multiethnic parents/childre n, repre- sent single parents by choice, are grandpare nts raising children, or are families who have used reproductive technology to conceive. In therapy, she invites clients to discuss issue of race, gender, and dive rsity. ``I ask clients at the end of a ® rst session how they
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