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This book challenges readers to become involved in a direct way in examining their personal belief systems and societal views of the many diverse forms that marriages and families have taken in the past and their evolution in the present. The authors use a broad, inclusive approach, focusing on the link between social structure and their personal experiences of marriages, families, and intimate relationships. Marriages and Families Over Time. Understanding Gender. Dating, Coupling, and Mate Selection. Sexuality and Intimate Relationships. Nonmarital Lifestyles. The Marriage Experience. Reproduction and Parenting. Violence and Abuse. Divorce in the United States. Remarriage and Remarried Families. Families in Later Life. For anyone who is interested in exploring marriage and family issues.
Table of Contents
Marriages and Families over Time
Ways of Studying and Explaining Marriages and Families
Understanding Gender: Its Influence in Intimate Relationships
The Many Faces of Love
Dating, Coupling, and Mate Selection
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
The Marriage Experience
Reproduction and Parenting
Evolving Work and Family Structures
Violence and Abuse
The Process of Uncoupling: Divorce in the United States
Remarriage and Remarried Families
Marriages and Families in Later Life
Marriages and Families in the Twenty-First Century: U.S. and World Trends