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Human Intimacy : Marriage, the Family, and Its Meaning (with InfoTrac)

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Edition:
10th
ISBN13:

9780534625320

ISBN10:
0534625320
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/16/2005
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

This up-to-date, respected, and optimistic view of American families will encourage you to set realistic goals and make positive choices in your own relationships-and intelligently debate topics important to today's families. Interdisciplinary and always interesting, the Tenth Edition of Cox's classic book is a careful blend of applications, theory, and research designed to help you identify the characteristics that lead to successful marriages and families.

Table of Contents

Preface xix
Human Intimacy in the Brave New World of Family Diversity
1(27)
Building Successful Relationships
2(4)
Qualities of Strong and Resilient Families: An Overview
6(4)
Can We Study Intimacy?
10(2)
Optimism versus Pessimism
11(1)
Making Decisions That Lead to a Fulfilling Life
12(5)
Logic and Emotion in Decision Making
13(1)
Decision-Making Steps
14(3)
The Gift of Choosing
17(1)
Theoretical Approaches to Family Study
17(4)
Methods of Study
21(3)
The Experiment
21(1)
The Survey
22(1)
The Clinical Method
23(1)
Natural or Field Observation
23(1)
Highlight: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Delinquency Data
24(1)
Group versus Individual Data
24(1)
Strengthening the Family
25(3)
Human Intimacy, Relationships, Marriage, and the Family
28(32)
Family: The Basic Unit of Human Organization
30(3)
Family Functions
31(2)
The American Family: Many Structures and Much Change
33(3)
Families Around the World: China: Families and Government Policy
36(3)
Change within Continuity and Uniqueness within Commonality
39(2)
Highlight: The Family Riddle
41(1)
Highlight: Tricky Statistics: Cohabitation and Rejection of Marriage
42(1)
Family: A Buffer against Mental and Physical Illnesses
42(3)
The Need for Intimacy
44(1)
Highlight: Why Do We Avoid Intimacy?
45(2)
The Family as Interpreter of Society
47(1)
Unique Characteristics of the American Family
48(2)
Highlight: What the Research Says
50(1)
Family: The Consuming Unit of the American Economy
50(1)
American Families: A Great Diversity of Types
51(8)
African American Families
54(1)
Hispanic Families
54(1)
Asian American Families
55(1)
The American Indian and Alaska Native Population
56(3)
Debate the Issues: Should Our Society Recognize Gay Marriages?
59(1)
American Ways of Love
60(32)
The American Myth: Romantic Love Should Always Lead to Marriage
62(2)
Defining Love
63(1)
Highlight: Love Is . . .
64(6)
Theories of Love
65(4)
Romantic Love
69(1)
Making Decisions: Are You a Romantic or a Realist?
70(4)
Infatuation
72(1)
Loving and Liking
72(1)
The Double Cross
73(1)
What Research Tells Us: Love and Friendship
74(4)
Love Is What You Make It
75(3)
Highlight: Gender Differences in Love
78(1)
Love in Strong Families: Appreciation and Respect
79(1)
Learning to Love
80(4)
Actions and Attitudes
80(2)
Developmental Stages in Learning to Love
82(2)
Love over Time: From Passionate to Companionate Love
84(2)
Highlight: Love and the Loss of One's Self-Identity
86(1)
Love's Oft-Found Companion: Jealousy
87(4)
Debate the Issues: Are Love and Marriage Good for You?
91(1)
Gender Convergence and Role Equity
92(24)
Male = Masculine and Female = Feminine: Not Necessarily So
93(2)
Norms and Roles
94(1)
How Sex and Gender Identity Develop
95(2)
Biological Contributions
95(1)
Environmental Contributions
96(1)
Gender Differences
97(1)
Highlight: The Xanith of Oman
97(1)
Role Equity
98(1)
What Research Tells Us: Stereotypical Sex-Role Differences Compared with Research Findings
99(2)
Traditional Gender Roles
101(2)
Changing Male and Female Roles
103(1)
Women and the Law
103(1)
Families Around the World: The Dani of Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea)
104(3)
Highlight: ``Firsts'' for Women in the Past Three Decades
107(1)
Gender-Role Stereotypes
108(2)
The Movement toward Gender Equality
110(1)
Highlight: Men as the Oppressed Sex
111(4)
Debate the Issues: Can We Create Gender-Neutral Children?
115(1)
Communications in Intimate Relationships
116(35)
Good Communication: A Basic Strength of Successful Families
118(4)
What Causes Communication Failure?
122(2)
Aversive Communication
122(1)
Communication Can Be Used for Good and Bad Purposes
123(1)
The Foundation Blocks of Successful Communication
124(2)
Commitment
124(1)
Growth Orientation
125(1)
Noncoercive Atmosphere
125(1)
Developing a Smooth Flow of Communication
126(2)
Communication Skills
128(3)
Identifying Problem Ownership
128(1)
Self-Assertion
129(2)
Making Decisions: You-, I-, and We-Statements
131(7)
Empathic Listening
133(3)
Negotiating
136(1)
Problem Solving
137(1)
Men and Women: Do They Speak the Same Language?
138(2)
Highlight: How Men and Women Can Communicate Better in Intimate Relationships
140(1)
Communication and Family Conflict
141(4)
Anger
143(1)
Over What Topics Do Couples Conflict?
144(1)
Family Life in the Information Age
145(4)
Debate the Issues: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?
149(2)
Dating, Single Life, and Mate Selection
151(36)
Premarital American Dating
152(5)
Why Do We Date?
153(1)
Premarital Dating Patterns
154(1)
College Dating: Hanging Out, Hooking Up, Joined at the Hip
155(2)
Dating and Extended Singleness
157(1)
What Research Tells Us: Women and Singleness
158(1)
What Research Tells Us: Singles in America
159(1)
Changing Sexual Mores
159(5)
Deciding for Yourself
162(1)
Freedom of Choice and Sexual Health
163(1)
Possible Problems Associated with Premarital Sexual Relations
163(1)
Highlight: Dawn and Nonmarital Pregnancy
164(1)
Making Decisions: Is My Sexual Behavior Healthy?
165(1)
Date Rape and Courtship Violence
166(2)
Cohabitation: Unmarried-Couple Households
168(5)
The Nature of Cohabiting Relationships
169(1)
Is the Woman Exploited in Cohabitation?
170(1)
The Relationship between Cohabitation and Marriage
171(2)
What Research Tells Us: Children and Cohabitation
173(2)
Breaking Up
174(1)
Living Together and the Law
174(1)
Making Decisions: Questions for Couples Contemplating Living Together
175(1)
Finding the One and Only: Mate Selection
176(5)
Background Factors
177(1)
Individual Traits
178(1)
Interactional Processes
178(1)
From First Impressions to Engagement
179(2)
Engagement
181(4)
Types of Engagements
182(1)
Functions of Engagement
182(3)
Debate the Issues: Does Sex Education Prevent Pregnancy or Encourage Promiscuity?
185(2)
Marriage, Intimacy, Expectations, and the Fully Functioning Person
187(36)
Marriage Matters
188(1)
The Transition from Single to Married Life
189(2)
Marriage: A Myriad of Interactions
191(3)
Fulfilling Needs in Marriage
193(1)
Families Around the World: Marriage in Japan
194(2)
Defining Marital Success
196(1)
Strong Relationships and Families
197(1)
Highlight: A Hectic Schedule
198(2)
Marital Expectations
200(1)
Highlight: Carol: The Perpetual Seeker
201(3)
The Honeymoon Is Over: Too High Expectations
201(1)
Romantic Love or Marriage?
202(1)
Differing Expectations
203(1)
Eighty Percent I Love You; Twenty Percent I Dislike You
203(1)
Highlight: Carl and Allison: The Perfect Couple
204(7)
The Expectation of Commitment: A Characteristic of Strong and Successful Families
205(2)
The Expectation of Primariness: Extramarital Relations
207(3)
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
210(1)
The Self-Actualized Person in the Fully Functioning Family
211(4)
Characteristics of Mental Health
211(1)
Self-Actualization
212(1)
Living in the Now
213(1)
The Goals of Intimacy
214(1)
You and the State: Legal Aspects of Marriage
215(3)
Writing Your Own Marriage Contract and Prenuptial Agreement
217(1)
Highlight: Navajo Marital Expectations
218(1)
Making Decisions: The Couple's Inventory
219(3)
Debate the Issues: Is Marriage a Dying Institution?
222(1)
Human Sexuality
223(31)
Making Decisions: Sex Knowledge Inventory
226(1)
Human Sexuality in the United States
226(2)
Highlight: The Sambians of Papua
228(1)
Changing Sexual Mores
228(1)
Modifying Sexual Behavior
229(2)
Highlight: ``What Role Should Sex Play in My Life?'' Beth-Ann Asks
231(1)
Differences between Male and Female Sexuality
231(1)
Highlight: A Precoital Contract
232(2)
Physiology of the Sexual Response
234(1)
Female Sexual Response
234(1)
Highlight: Female Genital Mutilation
235(1)
Making Decisions: What Are Your Biggest Problems and Complaints about Sex?
236(1)
Highlight: Describing Orgasm
237(3)
Male Sexual Response
238(1)
Variations in Sexual Response
238(1)
Some Myths Unmasked
239(1)
Does Sexual Addiction Exist?
240(1)
Marital Sex: Can I Keep the Excitement Alive?
240(2)
Highlight: One Husband's Sexual Life
242(1)
Highlight: Sex and Physical Disability
243(1)
Sex and the Aging Process
243(3)
Menopause
244(2)
Sex and Drugs
246(2)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
248(4)
Debate the Issues: Pornography
252(2)
Family Planning, Pregnancy, and Birth
254(40)
Children by Choice
255(1)
Are We Ready for Children?
256(1)
Children Having Children
257(3)
Family Planning Decisions
260(3)
Deciding on a Contraceptive
261(1)
Abortion
262(1)
What Research Tells Us: Who Has Abortions?
263(3)
Infertility
266(2)
Prerequisites of Fertility
267(1)
Causes of Infertility
267(1)
Making Decisions: How Old Is Too Old?
268(7)
Methods of Treatment: Designing Babies
269(6)
Highlight: The Ultimate Breakthrough
275(1)
Highlight: Who, in Fact, Are the Parents of Jaycee?
276(1)
Pregnancy
276(1)
Highlight: Am I Really Pregnant?
277(8)
Pregnancy Tests
277(2)
Environmental Causes of Congenital Problems
279(4)
Controlling Birth Defects
283(2)
Birth
285(1)
Cesarean Birth
285(1)
Highlight: Infant Mortality Rates
286(6)
Birth Pain
286(1)
Natural Childbirth
287(1)
Rooming-In
288(1)
Alternative Birth Centers
288(1)
Home Births
289(1)
Postpartum Emotional Changes
289(3)
Debate the Issues: To Clone or Not to Clone
292(2)
The Challenge of Parenthood
294(41)
What Effects Do Children Have on a Marriage?
296(3)
Highlight: The Highs and Lows of Parenthood
299(2)
Traditionalization of the Marital Relationship
300(1)
Parental Effectiveness
301(3)
Highlight: Diversity in Child-Rearing Values and Practices
304(11)
The Father's Role in Parenting
306(3)
Television, Video Games, and the Internet as Surrogate Parents
309(4)
Child Rearing, Discipline, and Control
313(2)
Making Decisions: Using Discipline and Punishment Effectively
315(2)
Spanking
316(1)
The Growing Child in the Family
317(5)
Infancy: The First Year
317(2)
The Toddler: 2 to 3 Years of Age
319(1)
Early Childhood: 4 to 5 Years of Age
320(1)
School Age: 6 to 11 Years of Age
320(1)
Puberty-Adolescence: 12 to 18 Years of Age
321(1)
Highlight: To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo: Out Damned Spots!
322(1)
The Young Adult: 19 to 30 Years of Age
323(1)
Highlight: Adolescent Hormones and Brain Functioning
323(1)
Highlight: Oh No, John Is Back Home Again
324(1)
What Research Tells Us: Young Adults Living with Parents
325(1)
Broader Parenting
325(1)
Parents without Pregnancy: Adoption
326(2)
The Single-Parent Family
328(2)
Highlight: Father Absence in African American Homes
330(3)
Debate the Issues: Should Parents Stay Home to Rear Their Children?
333(2)
Family Life Stages: Middle Age to Surviving Spouse
335(27)
What Research Tells Us: Increasing Life Expectancy
337(1)
Dealing with Change: Another Characteristic of the Strong, Healthy Family
337(1)
The Graying of America
338(1)
Middle Age: The Empty Nest
339(2)
Highlight: How a Highly Trained Engineer Became a Bicycle-Repair Man
341(4)
The Sandwich Generation: Caught in the Middle
342(3)
Retirement
345(5)
Widowhood as the Last Stage of Marriage
350(1)
Highlight: Doctor's Wife
351(2)
The Adjustment Process and Remarriage
352(1)
Highlight: Remarriage after the Loss of a Spouse
353(1)
Highlight: Death of a Young Wife: A Young Father Alone
354(1)
The Grandparenting Role
354(3)
Highlight: Becoming Parents Again after Your Children Are Raised
357(1)
Older but Coming on Strong
358(2)
Debate the Issues: Should Physicians Help Terminally III Patients Commit Suicide?
360(2)
The Importance of Making Sound Economic Decisions
362(35)
What Research Tells Us: GNI per Capita in Various Countries
364(1)
What Research Tells Us: Median Income of Households and Families
365(1)
Slowly Drowning in a Sea of Debt
366(2)
What Research Tells Us: How Much Do Americans Owe?
368(1)
Making Decisions: Compare Your Attitudes about Money
369(1)
Making Good Credit, Borrowing, and Installment-Buying Decisions
369(3)
Discount Interest: Consumer Purchases
370(1)
Simple Interest: Home Loans
371(1)
Financial Problems and Marital Strain
372(1)
The Seductive Society: Credit and Advertising
373(1)
Effective Money Management
374(4)
To Pool or Not to Pool Family Money?
375(1)
Allocation of Funds: Who Makes the Spending Decisions?
376(1)
Budgeting: Enlightened Control of Spending
376(2)
Making Decisions: How to Budget Your Income
378(1)
Saving through Wise Spending
378(1)
Making Decisions: Budget Worksheet
379(2)
The Economy and Black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Single-Parent Families
381(1)
Inflation and Recession
382(2)
Inflation
383(1)
Families Around the World: Mexico: The Middle-Class Family
384(3)
Periods of Reduced Inflation and Mild Recession
387(1)
Deciding What Insurance Is Needed
387(2)
Medical Insurance
387(1)
Automobile Insurance
388(1)
Home Owner's Insurance
388(1)
Life Insurance
388(1)
Deciding to Buy a Home
389(2)
The Decision to Invest
391(2)
Highlight: You Can Still Make a Million Dollars
393(3)
Debate the Issues: Credit: The Way to Economic Well-Being, or a Slavery System?
396(1)
The Dual-Worker Family: The Real American Revolution
397(32)
What Research Tells Us: Women in the Workforce
399(1)
Women and the Economy
399(7)
Job Opportunities for Women
401(2)
Pay Differentials between Men and Women
403(3)
Making the Decision to Become a Two-Earner Family: The Wife Goes to Work
406(8)
The Working Wife's Economic Contribution to the Family
407(2)
Community Service and the Working Wife
409(1)
Household Activities and Supermothers
410(2)
Deciding in Favor of Part-Time Work
412(2)
Child Care and Parental Leave
414(2)
Stay-at-Home Moms
415(1)
Employers, Pregnant Employees, and Working Mothers
416(3)
Home-Based Work
419(1)
Marital Satisfaction in the Two-Earner Family
419(2)
Work and Family: Sources of Conflict
421(2)
Jobs, Occupations, and Careers
423(1)
Dual-Career Families
424(3)
Commuter Marriage and/or the Weekend Family
424(3)
Debate the Issues: Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Pervasive?
427(2)
Family Crises
429(35)
Coping with Crises
431(1)
Stress: Healthy and Unhealthy
431(1)
Highlight: Types of Stressor Events
431(5)
Crisis Management
432(3)
Defending against Harmful Stress
435(1)
Highlight: Agencies That Can Help with Various Crises
436(2)
Defense Mechanisms
437(1)
Death in the Family
438(7)
Natural Causes
438(1)
Ambiguous Loss
439(1)
Suicide and Homicide
439(4)
Firearm Mortality
443(1)
Grief and Bereavement
443(2)
Accidents, Injuries, and Catastrophic Illness
445(1)
Making Decisions: The Case of the Weinstein Family
446(1)
Family Violence
447(3)
Violence between Partners
447(1)
Child Abuse
448(2)
Sibling Abuse
450(1)
Highlight: Repressed Memories of Incest
450(2)
Peer Abuse
451(1)
Parental Abuse by Children
451(1)
Factors Associated with Family Violence
452(1)
Poverty and Unemployment
452(3)
Children and Poverty
455(1)
The Military Family in the Time of War
455(2)
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
457(6)
Drugs and Drug Abuse
458(2)
Alcohol
460(3)
Debate the Issues: Should Drugs Be Legalized?
463(1)
The Dissolution of Marriage
464(32)
Let No One Put Asunder
465(1)
What Research Tells Us: Divorce Facts
466(1)
Reasons for America's High Divorce Rate
467(2)
Emotional Divorce and the Emotions of Divorce
469(2)
Highlight: Not One Divorce but Six
471(1)
Highlight: Divorce: Constant Self-Questioning
472(1)
Divorce but Not the End of the Relationship
473(1)
Making Decisions: What Changes Must Be Made with Divorce?
474(1)
Problems of the Newly Divorced
475(5)
Economic Consequences
476(2)
Children and Divorce
478(2)
What Research Tells Us: The Children of Divorce
480(4)
Types of Child Custody
482(2)
Highlight: Divorce and Dad
484(1)
Divorce: The Legalities
484(4)
Some Cautions about No-Fault Divorce
487(1)
Divorce Counseling and Mediation
488(1)
Reducing Divorce Rates
489(1)
Divorce May Not Be the Answer
490(5)
Debate the Issues: Should Couples Stay Together for the Sake of the Children?
495(1)
Remarriage: A Growing Way of American Life
496(27)
Returning to Single Life
499(3)
Cohabitation as a Courtship Step to Remarriage
502(1)
Remarriage: Will I Make the Same Mistakes Again?
502(2)
Highlight: Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice
504(3)
Family Law and Stepfamilies
507(1)
Child-Support Obligations
507(1)
Custody and Visitation of Stepchildren
508(1)
His, Hers, and Ours: The Stepfamily
508(2)
Highlight: How to Ruin a Remarriage
510(2)
Highlight: The Ten Commandments of Stepparenting
512(3)
Weekend Visits of the Noncustodial Child
512(2)
Dealing with Sexuality in the Stepfamily
514(1)
Highlight: How Much Closer Can We Get?
515(1)
The New Extended Family
515(2)
Building Stepfamily Strengths
517(4)
The Prenuptial Agreement
517(1)
Mediation to Settle Conflicts and Other Prevention Programs
518(3)
Debate the Issues: Fatherless America: Can a Stepfather Take the Place of a Biological Father?
521(2)
Actively Seeking Marital Growth and Fulfillment
523(21)
``And They Lived Happily Ever After''
525(2)
Highlight: Economic Success, Marital Failure
527(1)
Highlight: Self-Improvement, Marital Failure
528(1)
Marriage Improvement Programs
529(5)
Guidelines for Choosing Marriage Improvement Programs
532(2)
Highlight: A Family Life Enrichment Weekend
534(3)
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: Marriage Enrichment
535(2)
Highlight: Marriage Encounter
537(1)
Marriage with Purpose: Effective Management
538(2)
In the Future, the Family Will Remain and Diversify
540(4)
Appendix A Sexually Transmitted Diseases 544(10)
Appendix B Contraceptive Methods 554(7)
Glossary 561(2)
References 563(18)
Credits 581(2)
Author Index 583(4)
Subject Index 587


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