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Summary

The Marriage and Family Experience is an engaging, student friendly Marriage and Family best seller. The text's up-to-date material, real-life cross-cultural examples, and balanced presentation make it an accessible and compelling read for the Marriage and Family student. It successfully bridges all elements of the course, including intimate relationships, family policy, and family issues. The combination of this classic book's strengths fosters consistent positive student reaction and feedback semester after semester.

Table of Contents

Preface xxi
About the Author xxix
UNIT I MEANINGS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
The Meaning of Marriage and the Family
Personal Experience and Wishful Thinking
4(1)
What Is Family? What Is Marriage?
5(8)
Defining ``Family''
5(2)
Defining Marriage
7(1)
Who May Marry?
7(5)
Forms of Marriage
12(1)
Functions of Marriages and Families
13(5)
Intimate Relationships
13(1)
Economic Cooperation
14(1)
Reproduction and Socialization
15(1)
Assignment of Social Roles and Status
16(1)
Why Live in Families?
17(1)
Extended Families and Kinship
18(2)
Extended Families
18(1)
Kinship Systems
19(1)
Cultural Constructions of Family Life
20(1)
Contemporary Patterns of Marriage and Family Life
21(2)
Summary
23(5)
Studying Marriage and the Family
How Do We Know?
28(4)
Thinking Critically about Marriage and the Family
32(1)
Theories and Research Methods
33(1)
Theories of Marriage and Families
33(1)
Theoretical Perspectives on Families
34(14)
Family Ecology Theory
35(1)
Symbolic Interaction
36(3)
Social Exchange Theory
39(2)
Family Development Theory
41(1)
Structural Functionalism
42(1)
Conflict Theory
43(2)
Family Systems Theory
45(1)
Feminist Perspective
46(2)
Applying Theories to Long-Distance Relationships
48(1)
Conducting Research on Families
49(9)
Survey Research
50(4)
Clinical Research
54(2)
Observational Research
56(1)
Experimental Research
57(1)
Researching Long-Distance Relationships
58(1)
Summary
59(5)
Dynamics and Diversity of Families
American Families across Time
64(11)
The Colonial Era
64(4)
Nineteenth-Century Marriages and Families
68(3)
Twentieth-Century Marriages and Families
71(4)
Aspects of Contemporary Marriages and Families
75(5)
Factors Promoting Change
76(4)
Social Class Variations in Family Life
80(5)
Class and Family Life
82(3)
The Dynamic Nature of Social Class
85(1)
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
85(11)
Changing Perspectives on Ethnicity and Family
86(1)
African-American Families
87(1)
Latino Families
88(3)
Asian-American Families
91(1)
Native-American Families
92(1)
European Ethnic Families
93(1)
Amish Families
94(2)
Summary
96(6)
UNIT II INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
Contemporary Gender Roles
Understanding Gender and Gender Roles
102(4)
Studying Gender
102(1)
Gender and Gender Roles
103(1)
Masculinity and Femininity: Opposites or Similar?
104(2)
Gender and Sexual Orientation
106(1)
Gender and Gender Socialization
106(3)
Gender Theory
107(1)
Gender Socialization via Social Learning Theory
108(1)
Cognitive Development Theory
109(1)
How Family Matters: Learning Gender Roles
109(7)
Childhood and Adolescence
110(3)
Gender Development in Adulthood
113(3)
Gender Matters in Family Experiences
116(6)
Men's Roles in Families
117(2)
Women's Roles in Families and Work
119(2)
Breakdown of Instrumental / Expressive Dichotomy
121(1)
Constraints of Contemporary Gender Roles
122(2)
Resistance to Change
123(1)
Gender Movements and the Family
124(3)
Summary
127(5)
Friendship, Love, and Commitment
The Importance of Love
132(1)
Love and American Families
133(1)
Friendship, Love, and Commitment
134(8)
Friendship and Love
135(1)
Gender, Love, and Friendship
135(2)
Gender Exceptions: ``Love between Equals''
137(1)
Gender, Love, and Sexuality
137(2)
Love, Marriage, and Social Class
139(1)
Prototypes of Love and Commitment
139(1)
Attitudes and Behaviors Associated with Love
140(1)
Factors Affecting Commitment
141(1)
The Development of Love: The Wheel Theory
142(2)
How Do I Love Thee? Approaches to the Study of Love
144(7)
Styles of Love
144(1)
Dynamics and Differences: The Triangular Theory of Love
145(3)
Love as Attachment
148(3)
Unrequited Love
151(1)
Jealousy: The Green-Eyed Monster
152(5)
What Is Jealousy?
153(3)
Gender Differences in Jealousy
156(1)
Managing Jealousy
156(1)
The Transformation of Love: From Passion to Intimacy
157(4)
The Instability of Passionate Love
157(3)
Intimate Love: Commitment, Caring, and Self-Disclosure
160(1)
Summary
161(5)
Communication, Power, and Conflict
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
166(1)
Nonverbal Communication
167(4)
Functions of Nonverbal Communication
167(1)
Proximity, Eye Contact, and Touch
167(4)
Gender Differences in Communication
171(1)
Communication Patterns and Marriage
172(3)
Premarital Communication Patterns and Marital Satisfaction
172(1)
Marital Communication Patterns and Satisfaction
173(1)
Gender Differences in Partnership Communication
173(2)
Developing Communication Skills
175(7)
Styles of Miscommunication
175(1)
Miscommunication and the Likelihood of Divorce
176(1)
Why People Don't Communicate
177(1)
Obstacles to Self-Awareness
177(1)
Self-Disclosure
177(2)
Trust
179(1)
Giving Feedback
180(2)
Mutual Affirmation
182(1)
Power, Conflict, and Intimacy
182(4)
Changing Sources of Marital Power
183(1)
Bases of Marital Power
183(1)
Relative Love and Need Theory
184(1)
Principle of Least Interest
184(1)
Resource Theory of Power
184(1)
Rethinking Family Power
185(1)
Power versus Intimacy
185(1)
Intimacy and Conflict
186(1)
Basic versus Nonbasic Conflicts
186(1)
Experiencing and Managing Conflict
187(7)
Dealing with Anger
187(1)
Conflict Resolution and Marital Satisfaction
188(1)
Common Conflict Areas: Sex, Money, and Housework
189(3)
Resolving Conflicts
192(2)
Summary
194(6)
Singlehood, Pairing, and Cohabitation
Choosing Partners
200(9)
The Marketplace of Relationships
201(1)
Physical Attractiveness: The Halo Effect, Rating, and Dating
201(5)
The Field of Eligibles
206(3)
The Stages of Mate Selection
209(1)
Dating and Romantic Relationships
209(8)
Beginning a Relationship: Seeing, Meeting, and Dating
210(2)
Power in Dating Relationships
212(1)
Problems in Dating
213(3)
Breaking Up
216(1)
Singlehood
217(5)
Singles: An Increasing Minority
218(1)
Relationships in the Singles World
219(1)
Culture and the Individual versus Marriage
220(1)
Types of Never-Married Singles
220(1)
Singles: Myths and Realities
220(1)
Gay and Lesbian Singlehood
221(1)
Cohabitation
222(7)
The Rise of Cohabitation
222(1)
Types of Cohabitation
222(2)
Domestic Partnerships
224(1)
Gay and Lesbian Cohabitation
224(1)
Cohabitation and Marriage Compared
225(3)
Impact of Cohabitation on Marital Success
228(1)
Summary
229(5)
Understanding Sexuality
Psychosexual Development in Young Adulthood
234(12)
Sources of Sexual Learning
234(3)
Developmental Tasks in Young Adulthood
237(1)
Sexual Scripts
237(3)
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identities
240(6)
Psychosexual Development in Middle Adulthood
246(1)
Developmental Tasks in Middle Adulthood
246(1)
Sexuality and Middle Age
246(1)
Psychosexual Development in Later Adulthood
247(2)
Developmental Tasks in Later Adulthood
247(1)
Sexuality and the Aged
247(2)
Sexual Behavior
249(4)
Autoeroticism
249(2)
Interpersonal Sexuality
251(2)
Sexual Enhancement
253(2)
Conditions for Good Sex
253(2)
Intensifying Erotic Pleasure
255(1)
Sexual Relationships
255(8)
Nonmarital Sexuality
255(3)
Sexuality in Gay and Lesbian Relationships
258(1)
Marital Sexuality
259(2)
Extramarital Sexuality
261(2)
Nonconsensual Sexual Behavior
263(1)
Sexual Problems and Dysfunctions
264(3)
Origins of Sexual Problems
264(2)
Resolving Sexual Problems
266(1)
Birth Control
267(1)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS
268(4)
Principal STD's
268(1)
HIV/AIDS
268(4)
Protecting Yourself and Others
272(1)
Sexual Responsibility
272(1)
Summary
273(7)
Family Processes, Family Life Cycles
A Developmental Approach
280(5)
Individual Development
280(2)
Family Development
282(3)
Beginning Marriages
285(12)
Predicting Martial Success
285(3)
Engagement, Cohabitation, and Weddings
288(2)
The Stations of Marriage
290(2)
Establishing Marital Roles
292(4)
Establishing Boundaries
296(1)
Youthful Marriages
297(2)
Impact of Children
297(1)
Individual Changes
298(1)
Middle-Aged Marriages
299(2)
Families with Young Children
299(1)
Families with Adolescents
299(1)
Families as Launching Centers
300(1)
Reevaluation
301(1)
Later-Life Marriages
301(3)
The Intermittent Extended Family: Sharing and Caring
302(1)
The Sandwich Generation
302(1)
Retirement
303(1)
Death and Dying in America
304(4)
Attitudes Toward Death
304(1)
The Process of Dying
305(1)
Bereavement
306(2)
Enduring Marriages
308(3)
Summary
311(7)
Should We or Shouldn't We? Choosing Whether to Have Children
Fertility Patterns in the United States
318(4)
Forgoing Parenthood
320(1)
Deferred Parenthood
321(1)
Being Pregnant
322(11)
Experiencing Pregnancy: Emotional and Psychosocial Changes
323(2)
Sexuality during Pregnancy
325(1)
Men and Pregnancy
325(1)
Pregnancy Loss
326(2)
Medicalization of Childbirth
328(3)
Adoptive Families
331(2)
Becoming a Parent
333(5)
Taking on Parental Roles and Responsibilities
334(3)
Stresses of New Parenthood
337(1)
Summary
338(6)
Experiencing Parenthood: Roles and Relationships of Parents and Children
Being Parents
344(8)
Motherhood
344(3)
Fatherhood
347(5)
Who Actually Takes Care of the Children?
352(3)
Active Child Care
352(1)
Mental Child Care
353(1)
Nonparental Child Care
353(2)
Theories of Child Socialization
355(3)
Psychological Theories
355(1)
Learning Theories
356(1)
Cognitive Development Theory
357(1)
The Developmental Systems Approach
357(1)
Symbolic Interaction Theory
358(1)
From the Theoretical to the Practical: Expert Advice on Child Rearing
358(3)
Contemporary Child-Rearing Strategies
359(2)
Styles and Strategies of Child Rearing
361(1)
Authoritarian, Permissive, and Authoritative Parents
361(1)
Children's Needs, Parents' Needs
362(4)
Biological Factors
362(1)
Attachment
362(1)
Individual Temperament
363(1)
Basic Needs
363(1)
Self-Esteem
363(3)
Psychosexual Development in the Family Context
366(1)
Parents Needs
366(1)
Embattled Parents and Societal Insensitivity to Child Rearing
367(1)
Issues of Diverse Families
367(3)
Ethnicity and Child Socialization
368(1)
Gay and Lesbian Parenting
369(1)
Parenting and Caregiving in Later Life
370(5)
Parenting Adult Children
370(1)
Grandparenting
371(2)
Children Caring for Parents
373(1)
Caring for Aging Parents
374(1)
Summary
375(6)
Marriage, Work, and Economics
Workplace/Family Linkages
381(2)
Work Spillover
381(1)
Role Conflict, Role Strain, and Role Overload
382(1)
The Familial Division of Labor: Traditional, Dual-Earning, and Nontraditional Patterns
383(4)
The Traditional Pattern
384(1)
Men's Family Work
384(1)
Women's Family Work
385(2)
Women in the Labor Force
387(3)
Why Women Enter the Labor Force
388(1)
Women's Employment Patterns
389(1)
Dual-Earner Marriages
390(5)
Typical Dual-Earners: Housework, Child Care, and the Second Shift
391(3)
Marital Power
394(1)
Marital Satisfaction
394(1)
Atypical Dual-Earners: Shift Couples and Peer Marriages
395(5)
Shift Couples
395(1)
Peer Marriages
396(1)
Coping in Dual-Earner Marriages
396(1)
At-Home Fathers and Breadwinning Mothers
397(3)
Employment and the Family Life Cycle
400(1)
Family Issues in the Workplace
401(6)
Discrimination against Women
402(1)
Lack of Adequate Child Care
402(3)
Inflexible Work Environments and the Time Bind
405(2)
Living without Work: Unemployment and Families
407(3)
Economic Distress
408(1)
Emotional Distress
409(1)
Coping with Unemployment
409(1)
Poverty
410(5)
Spells of Poverty
410(1)
The Working Poor
411(1)
Women, Children, and Poverty
411(1)
The Ghetto Poor
411(1)
Welfare Reform and Poor Families
412(3)
Workplace and Family Policy
415(1)
Summary
416(7)
UNIT IV FAMILY CHALLENGES AND STRENGTHS
Family Violence and Sexual Abuse
Family Violence and Abuse
423(4)
Types of Intimate Violence
423(1)
Why Families Are Violent: Models of Family Violence
424(2)
Multiple Causes
426(1)
Prevalence of Family Violence
427(19)
Common versus Extreme Violence
428(1)
Women and Men as Victims and Perpetrators
428(4)
The Cycle of Violence
432(1)
Violence in Gay and Lesbian Relationships
433(1)
Marital Rape
433(1)
Dating Violence and Rape
434(3)
When and Why Some Women Stay in Violent Relationships
437(2)
Alternatives: Police Intervention, Shelters, and Abuser Programs
439(2)
Child Abuse and Neglect
441(3)
The Hidden Victims of Family Violence: Siblings, Parents, and the Elderly
444(2)
Reducing Family Violence
446(1)
Child Sexual Abuse
446(7)
General Preconditions for Sexual Abuse
447(1)
Forms of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse
447(1)
Children at Risk
448(1)
Effects of Child Sexual Abuse
449(2)
Treatment Programs
451(1)
Preventing Sexual Abuse
452(1)
Summary
453(8)
Coming Apart: Separation and Divorce
Measuring Divorce: How Do We Know How Much Divorce There Is?
461(1)
Divorce Trends in the United States
462(1)
Factors Affecting Divorce
463(6)
Societal Factors
463(2)
Demographic Factors
465(2)
Life Course Factors
467(1)
Family Processes
468(1)
No-Fault Divorce
469(1)
The Stations of the Divorce Process
469(2)
Marital Separation
471(6)
Uncoupling: The Process of Separation
471(2)
The New Self: Separation Distress and Postivorce Identity
473(3)
Dating Again
476(1)
Consequences of Divorce
477(3)
Economic Consequences of Divorce
477(3)
Children and Divorce
480(7)
The Three Stages of Divorce for Children
481(1)
Children's Responses to Divorce
482(2)
Multiple Perspectives on the Long-Term Effects of Divorce on Children
484(1)
How Bad Are the Long-Term Consequences of Divorce?
485(2)
Child Custody
487(5)
Types of Custody
487(2)
Noncustodial Parents
489(3)
Custody Disputes and Child Abduction
492(1)
Divorce Mediation
492(1)
What to Do about Divorce
493(3)
Summary
496(7)
New Beginnings: Single-Parent Families, Remarriages, and Blended Families
Single-Parent Families
503(5)
Characteristics of Single-Parent Families
504(1)
Children in Single-Parent Families
505(2)
Successful Single Parenting
507(1)
Binuclear Families
508(5)
Complexity of Binuclear Families
508(2)
Subsystems in the Binuclear Family
510(2)
Courtship
512(1)
Remarriage
513(3)
Remarriage Rates
513(1)
Characteristics of Remarriage
514(1)
Marital Satisfaction and Stability
515(1)
Blended Families
516(10)
A Different Kind of Family
516(1)
The Developmental Stages of Stepfamilies
517(3)
Problems of Women and Men in Stepfamilies
520(2)
Conflict in Stepfamilies
522(3)
Stepfamily Strengths
525(1)
Summary
526(5)
Marriage and Family Strengths and Needs
Recurring Themes of This Book
531(3)
Families Are Dynamic
531(1)
Families Are Diverse
531(1)
Families Satisfy Important Societal and Personal Needs
532(1)
Families Need Societal Support
532(2)
Marital and Family Strengths
534(10)
Marital Strengths
534(1)
Family Strengths
535(1)
Ten Characteristics of Strong Families
536(8)
Different Families, Different Strengths
544(4)
Family Strengths and Ethnic Identity
544(4)
Family Strengths and Family Form
548(1)
Kin and Community
548(3)
Intimacy Needs
549(1)
The Extended Family: Helping Kin
549(1)
Affiliative Kin
550(1)
Friendship
550(1)
Family in the Community
550(1)
Strengthening Families through Family Policy
551(2)
Summary
553(2)
Appendix A: Sexual Structure and the Sexual Response Cycle 555(8)
Appendix B: Pregnancy, Conception, and Fetal Development 563(4)
Appendix C: The Budget Process 567(6)
Glossary 573(18)
Bibliography 591(61)
Photo Credits 652(1)
Indexes 653


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