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Family Life Now: A Conversation About Marriages, Families, and Relationships (Book Alone)

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9780205398645

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0205398642
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
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Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This text combines scholarly expertise, thepersonal touchof an outstanding teacher, and afamily life education framework toexplore the dynamics of family life and intimate relationships. We are all a product of our families of origin. How that influences who we are and who we become is a central theme woven throughoutFamily Life Today. This book uses thefamily life educationapproachto explore familial and intimate relationships. Throughout the text, theoretical frameworks from the fields of sociology, family studies, psychology, and other social sciences are integrated so that they can be applied to real life situations, thus illustrating how theoretical constructs help inform our understanding of ourselves and our relationships. The text also presents enough biological science to explain some of the physical realities of who we are and why we behave as we do.

Table of Contents

Preface
To You, the Student xxi
To the Instructor xxiii
Acknowledgments xxx
Family Life Now
1(33)
Studying Marital and Intimate Relationships
2(4)
Family Life Education: The Study of Family through a Family Lens
4(2)
What Family Life Education Is---and Is Not
6(1)
Understanding Today's Families
6(11)
What Is ``Family''?
7(1)
Family Life Then: Family Life in Colonial America
8(1)
The Changing Family Landscape
8(4)
Family Life Now: Is the American Family Deteriorating?
12(2)
The Socioeconomic Status of Families
14(1)
Racial and Ethnic Family Composition
15(2)
Understanding Marriage
17(6)
Marriage as a Social Union
17(1)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Why the Premarital Blood Test?
18(1)
Marriage as a Religious Act
18(1)
American Marriage
19(1)
Social and Economic Aspects of Marriage
20(1)
Marital Types
20(2)
America's Vast Diversity
22(1)
Family Interactions and You
23(6)
The Human Life Cycle
23(2)
The Family Life Cycle
25(4)
The Family Table: What Is Your Definition of Family?
29(1)
Family Life Education
29(5)
Summary
30(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
31(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
31(2)
Suggested Reading
33(1)
Family Contexts: The Many Areas of Family Life
34(42)
Family Contexts: An Introduction
36(11)
The Ecological Model
36(4)
Family Life Then: The Way We Never Were
40(1)
The Traditional Family
40(2)
Contemporary Families
42(3)
The Family Table: Talking with Children about Diversity
45(2)
The Economic Context
47(7)
Dual-Earner Couples
49(2)
The Impact of Work on Family Relationships
51(1)
Family Life Now: Is Daycare Harmful to a Child's Development?
52(2)
The Religious Context
54(5)
Defining Spirituality and Religiosity
55(4)
The Government Context: Family Policy and Family Life
59(11)
Poverty
59(6)
Health and Healthcare
65(1)
Education
66(1)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: The Imperatives of Healthcare for All
67(2)
Social Welfare
69(1)
Family Life Education
70(6)
Taking Sides: Is It Really Necessary for Couples to Share Religion or Spirituality?
71(1)
Summary
72(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
73(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
74(1)
Suggested Reading
75(1)
Understanding Families through Research and Theory
76(28)
Understanding Families through Research
78(13)
Social Science Research
78(1)
The Research Method: Start to Finish
79(8)
Making Sense of It All: How to Read Social Science Literature
87(2)
Research Ethics and Integrity
89(2)
Family Life Now: Why Are Ethics in Research Important?
91(1)
Understanding Families through Theory
91(9)
Theoretical Foundations for Studying Family
92(1)
An Introduction to Family Theories
92(8)
Family Life Education
100(4)
Summary
100(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
101(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
102(1)
Suggested Reading
103(1)
Family Communication and Conflict
104(38)
The Communication Process
106(15)
Family Systems Theory: The Family as an Interconnected System
106(2)
Family Life Then: Unlocking Family History
108(5)
The Family Table: Family Diversity and Communication
113(2)
Meanings: The Symbolic Interaction Framework
115(1)
Family Life Now: Should Children Be Used as Language Brokers?
116(5)
Types of Communication
121(4)
Verbal Communication
122(1)
Nonverbal Communication
123(2)
Conflict in Relationships
125(6)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Are You Controlling Anger or Is It Controlling You?
126(1)
What's All the Fuss? The Sources of Conflict
127(1)
Types of Conflict
128(3)
Cornerstones of Communication
131(6)
Develop Relational Cultures
132(1)
Use Confirming Messages and Responses
133(1)
Self-Disclose
134(1)
Communicate Often
134(1)
Listen Actively
135(1)
Use Humor: A Little Laugh Goes a Long Way
136(1)
Family Life Education
137(5)
Taking Sides: Why Are Men So Analytical? Why Do Women Talk So Much?
138(1)
Summary
139(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
140(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
140(1)
Suggested Reading
141(1)
Gender in Today's Society
142(36)
The Biological Foundation of Gender
144(6)
It Matters: The Biology of Gender
144(4)
When Nature Goes Amiss
148(2)
The Social and Cultural Influences of Gender
150(15)
It Matters: The Sociocultural Influences of Gender
150(3)
The Family Table: Gender Role Conflict in Family Life
153(1)
Family Life Then: The Taliban and Its Maltreatment of Women
154(2)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Gender, Emotion, and Family Living
156(2)
Family Life Now: Is It Possible to Raise Gender-Neutral Children?
158(3)
The Paradigms of Socialization
161(4)
Gender and Contemporary Issues
165(8)
Equality under the Law
165(3)
Gender and the Influences of Media
168(5)
Family Life Education
173(5)
Taking Sides: Should Boys Play with Dolls? Should Girls Be Allowed to Play in Male-Dominated Sports, Such as Football?
174(1)
Summary
174(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
175(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
176(1)
Suggested Reading
177(1)
Intimacy: Developing and Experiencing Affectionate Bonds
178(30)
Intimacy: Do We Have a Need to Relate to Others?
180(7)
Fulfilling Psychological Needs
181(1)
The Role of Intimacy in Relationships
181(3)
Components of Intimacy
184(1)
Types of Intimates
185(1)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Intimacy Inventory
186(1)
Developing Intimacy
187(12)
The Psychosocial Development of Children
187(3)
Family Table: How Does the Family Environment Affect Intimacy?
190(2)
Adolescents' and Young Adults' Psychosocial Development
192(4)
Family Life Now: Interracial Intimacy
196(3)
Obstacles to Intimacy
199(4)
Barriers to Developing Intimacy
199(2)
Barriers to Establishing and Maintaining Intimacy
201(2)
Family Life Education
203(5)
Takings Sides: Can a Relationship Work When There Are Differing Intimacy Needs?
204(1)
Summary
205(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
206(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
206(1)
Suggested Reading
207(1)
Love and Loving
208(32)
Love Is a Cultural and Historical Experience
210(5)
Collectivist Cultures
210(1)
Individualistic Cultures
211(1)
Family Life Now: Is Love the Basis for Marriage?
212(1)
The History of Love and Romance
212(3)
What Is Love?
215(9)
Love as a Prototype
216(1)
Passionate Love: Experiencing Love as Infatuation
217(3)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: I Can't Help Falling in Love: The Science of Love
220(1)
Companionate Love: Experiencing Love as a Commitment
221(3)
Developing Love
224(7)
First Experiences of Love
224(1)
The Family Table: Jealousy
225(1)
Attachment: An Emotional Bond
226(2)
Family Life Then: Childhood Experiences of Love
228(1)
Love Stories
228(3)
Theories of Love and Loving
231(4)
Lee's Six Types of Love Styles
231(1)
Reiss's Wheel Theory of Love
232(1)
Love Economic Model
233(2)
Family Life Education
235(5)
Taking Sides: Are There Gender Differences in Emotional and Affection Needs?
236(1)
Summary
237(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
238(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
238(1)
Suggested Reading
239(1)
The Path to Commitment: Attraction, Dating, and Partnering
240(36)
``Frisky Business'': Interpersonal Attraction Theories
242(11)
Evolution Theory: The Evolution of Physical Attraction
242(7)
Social Exchange Theory: The Rewards and Costs of Attraction
249(2)
Filter Theory of Mate Selection
251(2)
The Path to Commitment
253(12)
Getting Together: Courtship, Dating, and the Twenty-First Century
253(1)
Family Life Then: The History of Wooing
254(5)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Dating Violence and Date Rape
259(3)
Relationship Development
262(1)
The Family Table: The Essentials of a Great Relationship
263(1)
Commitment
264(1)
Nonmarital Cohabitation
265(7)
Current Trends
265(1)
Family Life Now: Unmarried to Each Other: Is Cohabitation a Trial Marriage or Playing Commitment?
266(4)
Types of Cohabitors
270(1)
But Does Cohabitation Work?
271(1)
Family Life Education
272(4)
Taking Sides: Who Determines Society's ``Ideal Body'' Standard---Men or Women?
272(1)
Summary
273(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
274(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
274(1)
Suggested Reading
275(1)
Coupling: From Singlehood to Marriage
276(42)
Being Single
279(7)
Types of Singlehood
280(1)
Experiencing Singlehood
281(5)
The Act of Marriage
286(12)
The Social Dimensions of Marriage
286(1)
Family Life Then: Jumping the Broom
287(4)
Legal Dimensions of Marriage
291(1)
Family Life Now: Should Same-Sex Couples Be Allowed to Marry?
292(3)
Marriage Matters: The Rights and Privileges of Marriage
295(1)
Marriage Matters: The Benefits of Marriage
296(2)
The Transition to Marriage: Why It's So Tough
298(9)
Forming a New Family System
299(1)
Developmental Tasks in the New Family System
299(3)
The Family Table: Peer Marriages
302(2)
The Challenges of Blending Culture and Religion in Marriage
304(3)
Marital Satisfaction
307(6)
Marriage Typologies
308(1)
Marital Couple Types
309(2)
Realistic Expectations
311(2)
Family Life Education
313(5)
Taking Sides: Marriage Models
314(1)
Summary
314(2)
Key Terms and Concepts
316(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
316(1)
Suggested Reading
317(1)
You, Sex, and Sexuality
318(38)
Cultural Contributions to Sexuality
321(4)
Sexual Scripts
322(1)
Cultural Scenarios: The Family
322(2)
Cultural Scenarios: Race and Ethnicity
324(1)
Biological Contributions to Sexuality
325(9)
Sexual Development across the Lifespan
325(4)
Adolescents and Sex: What the Numbers Say
329(1)
Family Life Now: Should Abstinence-Until-Marriage Be the Only Sex Education?
330(4)
Understanding Sexual Responses in Women and Men
334(8)
Sexology: The Study of Sex
335(1)
The Science of Sexual Response
335(1)
Family Life Then: Virginity and Victorians
336(1)
Female Sexual Response
337(1)
Male Sexual Response
338(1)
The Brain and Human Sexual Response
339(1)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Testicular Cancer: Did You Know?
340(2)
Sex in Marriage
342(4)
Sexual Relationship Satisfaction and Marital Satisfaction
342(4)
Nonmarital Sex
346(2)
Cohabiting Couples
347(1)
Gay and Lesbian Couples
347(1)
Other Kinds of Sex
348(2)
Masturbation
348(1)
Oral-Genital Sex
348(1)
The Family Table: Sex Inventory
349(1)
Anal Intercourse/Eroticism
350(1)
Family Life Education
350(6)
Taking Sides: ``He wants it all the time, at least three times a week.'' ``I hardly want it at all, only three times a week.''
351(1)
Summary
352(2)
Key Terms and Concepts
354(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
354(1)
Suggested Reading
355(1)
The Choices and Challenges of Childbearing
356(40)
Childbearing in America: Becoming Parents
358(8)
Childbearing Trends: Who's Having Babies?
359(1)
Who Are America's Mothers---and How Old Are They?
359(5)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Preventing Pregnancy: Birth Control Options
364(2)
Family Life Then: The Upsurge of Abortion in the 1800s
366(1)
How We Reproduce
366(5)
Fertilization
367(1)
Conception
367(1)
When Conception Fails: Infertility
367(2)
Family Life Now: Should States Have the Right to Make Their Own Abortion Laws?
369(2)
The Changes Through Pregnancy
371(6)
Anatomy and Physiology
371(2)
Pregnancy Trimesters
373(4)
Labor and Birth
377(3)
Understanding Labor
377(1)
Birth
378(1)
Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction after Childbirth
379(1)
Unexpected Outcomes
380(5)
Cesarean Sections
380(2)
The Family Table: Unexpected Outcomes
382(1)
The Physically Challenged Baby
382(1)
Pregnancy Loss
383(2)
Protecting Your Reproductive Health: Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections
385(5)
Gonorrhea
386(1)
Chlamydia
387(1)
Syphilis
387(1)
Herpes
388(1)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
389(1)
Viral Hepatitis
389(1)
Family Life Education
390(6)
Taking Sides: Childbearing and Intimate Partner Violence
391(1)
Summary
392(2)
Key Terms and Concepts
394(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
394(1)
Suggested Reading
395(1)
Parenting: Choices, Challenges, and Changes
396(36)
Parenthood: A Family Is Born
398(3)
Parenting Is a Process
399(1)
Parenting Styles
399(2)
The Choices
401(7)
Having Children
402(2)
Family Life Then: Childhood in the 1800s
404(1)
Choosing to Be Childfree
404(3)
Delayed---or Deferred---Childbearing
407(1)
The Challenges
408(12)
Adjusting to New Family Roles
408(1)
Theories of Child Development
409(1)
Family Life Now: Should Parents Spank Their Children?
410(3)
Bringing Up Baby (or Babies)
413(1)
The Family Table: Wanted: Fathers!
414(1)
Juggling Parenting and Household Chores
415(2)
Dual-Earner Families
417(2)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Making Work Work for Family Life
419(1)
The Changes
420(7)
Teen Parents
421(3)
Single Parents
424(1)
Gay and Lesbian Parents
425(2)
Family Life Education
427(5)
Taking Sides: Don't Call Me Mr. Mom!
428(1)
Summary
429(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
430(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
430(1)
Suggested Reading
431(1)
Uncoupling: Relationship Deterioration and Divorce
432(28)
Uncoupling
434(8)
Today's Divorce Trends
434(1)
Family Life Then: The History of No-Fault Divorce
435(1)
Correlates of Divorce
436(2)
Causes of Divorce
438(3)
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Divorce
441(1)
Emotionally Ending the Marriage
442(6)
Processes of Relationship Decline
442(2)
The Transition to Divorce
444(1)
The Family Table: A Good Divorce?
445(1)
Family Life Now: No-Fault Divorce Laws
446(2)
Legally Ending the Marriage: The Formal Divorce
448(6)
Community Property Settlement
449(1)
Spousal Support
449(1)
Child Support
450(2)
Child Custody
452(1)
Divorce Mediation
453(1)
Family Life Education
454(6)
Taking Sides: Gender Discrimination in Divorce for Men
455(1)
Summary
456(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
457(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
458(1)
Suggested Reading
459(1)
Rebuilding: Family Life Following Divorce
460(42)
The Aftermath of Divorce: Transitions
462(15)
The Binuclear Family
462(1)
Former Spouse Relationships
463(1)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Is Divorce Hazardous to Your Health?
464(2)
How Divorce Affects Children and Adolescents
466(1)
Children's and Adolescents' Adaptation
467(5)
Family Life Now: Should Parents Stay Together for the Sake of the Kids?
472(3)
Encouraging Directions
475(1)
The Family Table: Helping Kids Cope with the Breakup of a Marriage
476(1)
Challenges for Single Parents
477(5)
Changes in Household Finances
478(1)
Changes in Residence
479(1)
Changes in Boundaries
480(1)
Changes in the Emotional Environment
481(1)
Dating
481(1)
Transitions to Repartnering
482(14)
Remarriage
482(2)
Family Life Then: Stepfamilies: A 20th Century Phenomenon?
484(2)
Remarriage Stability
486(1)
Stepfamilies Today
487(5)
Stepfamily Challenges
492(3)
Successful Stepfamily Living
495(1)
Family Life Education
496(6)
Taking Sides: Reality Remarriage
497(1)
Summary
497(2)
Key Terms and Concepts
499(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
500(1)
Suggested Reading
501(1)
Family Change: Stress, Crisis, and Transition
502(36)
Family Change
505(8)
Family Development Stress
505(1)
Family Life Now: Should Women Fight in Combat?
506(3)
Response-Based Stress
509(2)
Event-Based Stress
511(2)
Family Crisis
513(7)
The ABCs of Family Crisis: Hill's Family Crisis Model
514(2)
Pile-Up: Double ABC-X Model
516(2)
Family Adaptive Tasks
518(2)
The Crisis of Family Violence
520(7)
Domestic Violence
521(3)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: Know the Signs of an Abusive Partner
524(2)
The Cycle of Violence
526(1)
Family Coping and Resilience
527(4)
Family Coping
527(1)
Family Resilience
528(1)
Key Family Resilience Processes
528(2)
The Family Table: Young Families and Stress Management
530(1)
Family Life Education
531(7)
Taking Sides: Are There Gender Differences in the Experiences of Stress?
532(1)
Summary
533(2)
Key Terms and Concepts
535(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
536(1)
Suggested Reading
537(1)
Family Life and Aging
538(39)
Aging and the Aged
540(6)
The Portrait of Age in the United States
540(2)
Developmental Forces in Aging
542(2)
What Is Aging?
544(1)
Healthy Selves/Healthy Families: How Can We Age ``Successfully''?
545(1)
Family Ties through Aging
546(13)
Family Development
547(5)
Intergenerational Ties
552(1)
Family Life Then: Growing Old in Plymouth Colony
553(6)
Family Changes toward the End of Life
559(8)
Retirement and Leisure
559(1)
Family Life Now: How Does America Pay for the Aging?
560(2)
Family Caregiving
562(5)
Dying and Death Experiences
567(5)
Dying: The Transition from Life
567(1)
The Family Table: Death Is . . .
568(2)
Responses to Loss
570(2)
Family Life Education
572(5)
Summary
572(2)
Key Terms and Concepts
574(1)
Multiple Choice Questions
575(1)
Suggested Reading
576(1)
Glossary 577(20)
References 597(30)
Name Index 627(10)
Subject Index 637


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