Foundations of Family Resource Management uses the lenses of consumer science, management and economics and beyond to help students make intelligent decisions about resources, time and energies at the individual and family level. It has a strong interdisciplinary, global and multicultural focus.

The sixth edition brings in new material on millennials, delayed marriage, household composition, neuroscience, behavioural economics, sustainable consumption, technology and handling crises. It has been thoroughly updated throughout, in line with the latest census data and academic literature.

The text contains lots of features to support student learning, including chapter summaries, ‘Did You Know?’ questions, glossary of key terms, examples and cases, critical thinking activities and review questions for discussion and reflection. Lecture slides and an instructor manual are available as digital supplements.

This textbook meets the standards and criteria for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and will be suitable for resource management courses in family and consumer science, human ecology and human environmental science programmes.



  1. Management Today
  2. Management History and Theories
  3. Values, Attitudes, Goals and Motivation
  4. Resources
  5. Decision Making and Problem Solving
  6. Planning, Implementing and Evaluating
  7. Communication
  8. Managing Human Needs
  9. Managing Time
  10. Managing Work and Family
  11. Managing Stress and Fatigue
  12. Managing Environmental Resources
  13. Managing Finances
  14. Managing Tomorrow