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Marriages, Families, and Relationships : Making Choices in a Diverse Society

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The number one seller in the market, this mainstream marriage and family text combines a balanced scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme, "making choices in a diverse society" The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological and ecological or family systems theoretical perspectives, while including coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Lamanna and Riedmann's coverage offers insightful perspectives on diversity, including different ethnic traditions and marriage and family alternatives.

Table of Contents

Preface xxiii
PART I A New Look at Familiar Worlds
Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society
1(22)
Defining Family
2(1)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Which of These Is a Family?
3(3)
There Is No Typical Family
4(1)
New Definitions of the Family
4(2)
Facts About Families American Families Today
6(3)
The Freedom and Pressures of Choosing
9(3)
Personal Troubles and Societal Influences
11(1)
Issues for Thought Pets as Family?
12(1)
Social Influences and Personal Choices
13(1)
Making Choices
13(2)
Choosing by Default
13(1)
Choosing Knowledgeably
14(1)
A Family of Individuals
15(4)
Families as a Place to Belong
16(1)
Family Rhythms of Separateness and Togetherness
17(1)
``Family Decline'' or ``Family Change''?
17(2)
Individualism, Familism, and Partners
19(1)
Marriages and Families: Four Themes
19(4)
American Families in Social Context
23(30)
Historical Events
24(1)
Age Structure
25(1)
Race and Ethnicity
26(5)
African American Families
27(3)
Latino (Hispanic) Families
30(1)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Family Ties and Immigration
31(7)
Asian and Pacific Islander Families
34(1)
American Indian (Native American) Families
35(2)
White Families
37(1)
Multicultural Families
37(1)
Other Social Characteristics
38(4)
Religion
38(3)
Region
41(1)
Facts About Families The Geography of Families
42(2)
The Economy and Social Class
44(2)
Economic Change and Inequality
44(2)
Blue-Collar and White-Collar Families
46(1)
Technology and the Family
46(7)
Communication Technology
46(2)
Electronic Surveillance
48(1)
Biomedical Technology
48(1)
Technology: Pros, Cons, and Change
49(4)
Exploring the Family
53(26)
Theoretical Perspectives on the Family
54(4)
The Family Ecology Perspective
54(4)
Issues for Thought Safety and Risk in the Family Environment
58(11)
The Family Development Perspective
59(2)
The Structure-Functional Perspective
61(3)
The Interactionist Perspective
64(1)
Exchange Theory
65(1)
Family Systems Theory
66(1)
Feminist Perspectives
67(1)
Biosocial Perspectives
68(1)
Studying Families
69(2)
The Blinders of Personal Experience
70(1)
Scientific Investigation: Removing Blinders
70(1)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Studying Ethnic Minority Families
71(8)
The Application of Scientific Techniques
75(4)
PART II Individuals and Relationships
Our Gendered Identities
79(32)
Gendered Identities
80(2)
Gender Expectations
81(1)
Cultural Messages
81(1)
Issues for Thought Challenges to Gender Boundaries
82(5)
To What Extent Do Women and Men Follow Cultural Expectations?
84(1)
Male Dominance
85(2)
Is Anatomy Destiny?
87(5)
Biologically Based Arguments
88(2)
Society-Based Arguments
90(2)
The Interaction of Culture and Biology
92(1)
Gender and Socialization
92(2)
The Power of Cultural Images
92(1)
Theories of Socialization
93(1)
Focus on Children Girls and Boys in the Family
94(1)
Focus on Children Play and Games
95(1)
Focus on Children Socialization in Schools
96(2)
Focus on Children What About Boys?
98(2)
Gender in Adult Lives
100(11)
Gender and Stress
100(1)
Gender and Personal Change
100(2)
Options and the Women's Movement
102(2)
The Men's Movement
104(1)
Ambivalence, Confusion---and Hope
105(6)
Loving Ourselves and Others
111(22)
Personal Ties in an Impersonal Society
112(1)
What is Love?
112(6)
Love is a Deep and Vital Emotion
112(1)
Love Satisfies Legitimate Personal Needs
113(1)
Love Involves Caring and Acceptance
114(1)
Do Men and Women Care Differently?
115(1)
Love and Intimacy: Commitment to Sharing
115(2)
Six Love Styles
117(1)
Case Study Sharon and Gary: Discovering Love After Twenty-Five Years
118(3)
Two Things Love Isn't
121(1)
Martyring
121(1)
Manipulating
122(1)
Self Worth as a Prerequisite to Loving
122(2)
Self-Love Versus Narcicissm
123(1)
Self-Esteem and Personal Relationships
123(1)
Emotional Interdependence
123(1)
As We Make Choices Learning to Love Yourself More
124(2)
Love as a Discovery
126(7)
The Wheel of Love
126(1)
Keeping Love
127(6)
Our Sexual Selves
133(34)
Sexual Development and Orientation
134(2)
Children's Sexual Development
134(1)
Sexual Orientation
135(1)
Theoretical Perspectives on Human Sexuality
136(8)
The Exchange Perspective: Rewards, Costs, and Equality in Sexual Relationships
137(1)
The Interactionist Perspective: Negotiating Cultural Messages
137(1)
Changing Cultural Scripts
138(6)
Negotiating (Hetero)sexual Expression
144(3)
Four Standards of Nonmarital Sex
145(2)
Race/Ethnicity and Sexual Expression
147(1)
Sexuality Throughout Marriage
147(5)
How Do We Know What We Do? A Look at Sex Surveys
148(1)
How Often?
148(1)
Young Spouses
149(1)
Spouses in Middle Age
150(1)
Older Partners
151(1)
What About Boredom?
152(1)
Sexual Satisfaction in Marriage and Other Partnerships
152(1)
Sex as a Pleasure Bond
152(3)
Sexual Pleasure and Self-Esteem
153(1)
Sexual Pleasure and Gender
153(1)
Communication and Cooperation
153(1)
Some Principles for Sexual Sharing
154(1)
Making the Time for Intimacy
155(1)
Sexual Expression, Family Relations, and HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases
155(2)
HIV/AIDS and Heterosexuals
156(1)
HIV/AIDS and Gay Men
156(1)
HIV/AIDS Means New Family Crises
156(1)
HIV/AIDS and Children
157(1)
Platform and Pulpit
157(1)
Facts About Families Who Has HIV/AIDS
158(4)
Politics and Research
160(1)
Politics and Sex Education
160(2)
Sexual Responsibility
162(5)
PART III Defining Your Marriage and Family
Choosing a Marriage Partner
167(36)
Love---and Marriage?
168(4)
Arranged Marriages
168(4)
Case Study An East Indian--American Student's Essay on Arranged Marriages
172(2)
``Love'' Marriages
172(2)
The Marriage Market
174(3)
Exchange Theory
174(1)
The Traditional Exchange
174(1)
Bargaining in a Changing Society
175(2)
Homogamy: Narrowing the Pool of Eligibles
177(9)
Reasons for Homogamy
177(3)
Examples of Heterogamy
180(5)
Heterogamy and Marital Stability
185(1)
Heterogamy and Human Values
185(1)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Strategies for Dealing with Others' Disapproval When You're in an Interracial Relationship
186(1)
Courtship in a Free-Choice Society
186(11)
Developing the Relationship
186(3)
Attachment Theory
189(1)
Getting to Know Someone and Gaining Commitment
190(1)
Cohabitation and Marriage
191(2)
Courtship Violence
193(2)
Breaking Up
195(2)
Mate Selection and Marital Stability
197(6)
Age at Marriage and Marital Stability
197(1)
The Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce Risk
198(1)
Minimizing Mate Selection Risk
199(4)
Marriage, a Private and Public Relationship
203(32)
The Marriage Premise: Permanance and Sexual Exclusivity
204(4)
Expectations of Permanence
205(3)
Expectations of Sexual Exclusivity
208(1)
Marriage and Kinship
208(2)
Issues for Thought Subcultures with Norms Contrary to Sexual Exclusivity
210(2)
Social Change: From Marriage As Institution to Pluralistic Families
212(2)
Marriage As a Social Institution
212(1)
The Psychological Marriage
212(1)
The Pluralistic Family
213(1)
As We Make Choices Getting Married---and Changing Your Name?
214(1)
Same-Sex Couples and Legal Marriage
214(6)
A Legal Maze
216(2)
The Debate over Legal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
218(2)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Civil Marriage Disobedience
220(3)
Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage
222(1)
Marital Satisfaction and Choices Throughout Life
223(7)
Preparation for Marriage
224(1)
The First Years of Marriage
224(1)
Creating Couple Connection
225(1)
Making Choices about Sexual Exclusivity
226(4)
Creating Adaptable Marriage Relationships
230(5)
Some Things to Talk About
231(4)
Alternatives to Marriage: Living Alone, Cohabitation, Domestic Partnerships, and Other Options
235(30)
The Unmarried: Reasons for Their Increasing Numbers
236(2)
The Sex Ratio
237(1)
Facts About Families The Large and Increasing Numbers of Unmarrieds
238(6)
Changing Attitudes Toward Marriage and Singlehood
240(2)
African American Singles
242(2)
Income and Singlehood
244(1)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity The Meaning of Cohabitation Among Diverse Racial/Ethnic Groups
245(1)
The Various Living Arrangements of Nonmarrieds
246(7)
Living Alone
246(1)
Living with Parents
247(1)
Group or Communal Living
248(1)
Gay and Lesbian Partners
249(2)
Cohabitation
251(2)
As We Make Choices Some Advice on the Legal Side of Living Together
253(5)
Domestic Partners
257(1)
Singlehood and Life Satisfaction
258(7)
Choice and Singlehood
259(1)
Maintaining Supportive Social Networks
259(6)
To Parent or Not to Parent
265(36)
Fertility Trends in the United States
267(2)
Family Size
267(1)
Differential Fertility Rates
268(1)
Multiple Births
269(1)
The Decision to Parent or Not to Parent
269(1)
Social Pressures to Have Children
269(1)
Facts About Families Race/Ethnicity and Differential Fertility Rates
270(2)
Is American Society Antinatalist?
271(1)
Focus on Children Motivation for Parenthood
272(4)
Costs of Having Children
274(1)
How Children Affect Marital Happiness
274(1)
Remaining Child-Free
275(1)
Having Children: Options and Circumstances
276(8)
The Timing of Parenthood
276(2)
The One-Child Family
278(2)
Pregnancy Outside Marriage
280(3)
Stepparents' Decisions About Having Children
283(1)
Preventing Pregnancy
284(1)
Abortion
284(3)
The Safety of Abortions
285(1)
The Politics of Abortion
286(1)
Social Attitudes About Abortion
286(1)
The Emotional and Psychological Impact of Abortion
287(1)
Involuntary Infertility and Reproductive Technology
287(3)
The Social and Biological Context of Infertility
287(3)
Issues for Thought Meddling with Nature
290(2)
Reproductive Technology: Social and Ethical Issues
290(2)
Reproductive Technology: Making Personal Choices
292(1)
Adoption
292(1)
Facts About Families ``Test-Tube'' Babies Crow Up
293(8)
The Adoption Process
294(1)
Adoption of Racial/Ethnic Minority Children
294(1)
Adoption of Older Children and Disabled Children
295(1)
International Adoptions
296(5)
Raising Children in a Diverse and Multicultural Society
301(36)
Parents in Modern America
302(4)
Transition to Parenthood
304(2)
Mothers and Fathers: Images and Reality
306(1)
Old and New Images of Parents
306(1)
Facts About Families Fathers As Primary Parents
307(2)
Mothers and Fathers: What Do They Do?
307(1)
Sharing Parenthood
308(1)
Case Study A Full-Time Father's Story
309(1)
Authoritative Parenting
310(2)
As We Make Choices Communicating with Children---How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
312(4)
Is Spanking Ever Appropriate?
312(3)
The Resilient Child
315(1)
Social Class and Parenting
316(5)
The Family in an Unpredictable Economy
316(1)
Poverty-Level Parents
316(3)
Blue-Collar, or Working-Class, Parents
319(1)
Middle- and Upper-Middle-Class Parents
319(2)
Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Parenting
321(5)
African American Parents and Children
321(1)
Native American Parents and Children
322(1)
Hispanic Parents and Children
322(1)
Asian American Parents and Children
323(1)
Parents and Multiracial Children
323(1)
Religious Minority Parents and Children
324(1)
Raising Children of Racial/Ethnic Identity in a Racist and Discriminatory Society
325(1)
Newly Visible Parenting Environments
326(2)
Gay Male and Lesbian Parents
327(1)
Issues for Thought Growing Up in a Household Characterized by Conflict
328(3)
Grandparents as Parents
329(1)
Foster Parents
330(1)
Parents and Adult Children
331(2)
Parents with Young Adult Children
331(1)
Independent Adults and Their Parents
332(1)
Toward Better Parent--Child Relationships
333(4)
PART IV Experiencing Family Commitment
Work and Family
337(44)
The Labor Force---A Social Invention
338(1)
The Labor Force in Postindustrial Society
338(1)
The Traditional Model: Provider Husbands and Homemaking Wives
339(5)
Men and the Provider Role
339(3)
Women as Full-Time Homemakers
342(2)
Women in the Labor Force
344(4)
Women's Market Work
345(1)
The Wage Gap
346(2)
Two-Earner Marriages---Work/Family Options
348(4)
Two-Career Marriages
348(1)
Part-Time Employment
349(1)
Shift Work
349(1)
Home-Based Work
349(1)
Leaving the Labor Force and Reentry
350(2)
Unpaid Family Work
352(5)
Caring for Dependent Family Members
352(1)
Housework
352(5)
Juggling Unemployment and Unpaid Family Work
357(1)
The Speed-Up of Family Life
357(1)
Focus on Children How are Children Faring?
358(1)
Facts About Families Where Does The Time Go?
359(5)
How are Parents Faring?
360(2)
Two-Career Marriages---Juggling Even Faster
362(2)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Diversity and Child Care
364(2)
Social Policy, Work, and Family
366(2)
What Is Needed to Resolve Work--Family Issues?
366(2)
As We Make Choices Child Care and Children's Outcomes
368(4)
Who Will Provide What Is Needed to Resolve Work--Family Issues?
371(1)
As We Make Choices Selecting a Child-Care Facility
372(2)
The Two-Earner Marriage and the Relationship
374(7)
Gender Strategies
375(1)
Maintaining Intimacy While Negotiating Provider Roles and the Second Shift
376(5)
Communication and Managing Conflict in Marriages and Families
381(24)
Family Cohesion
382(4)
Let Your Partner Know You're Listening
384(1)
Communication and Couple Satisfaction
385(1)
Conflict and Love
386(2)
Denying Conflict: Some Results
387(1)
As We Make Choices Ten Rules for a Successful Relationship
388(1)
Supportive Couple Communication and Conflict Management
389(6)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
389(1)
What Is Supportive Communication?
390(1)
Gender Differences in Couple Communication
390(3)
Avoiding the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
393(2)
Bonding Fights---Nine Guidelines
395(4)
Guideline 1: Level with Each Other
395(1)
Guideline 2: To Avoid Attacks, Use I-Statements When You Can
396(1)
Guideline 3: Avoid Mixed, or Double, Messages
396(1)
Guideline 4: Choose the Time and Place Carefully
397(1)
Guideline 5: Focus Anger Only on Specific Issues
397(1)
Guideline 6: Ask for a Specific Change, but Be Open to Compromise
397(1)
Guideline 7: Be Willing to Change Yourself
398(1)
Guideline 8: Don't Try to Win
398(1)
Guideline 9: Remember to End the Argument
398(1)
Changing Conflict-Management Habits
399(1)
Generational Change
399(1)
Couple Change
399(1)
The Myth of Conflict-Free Conflict
400(1)
Case Study Making a Marriage Encounter Weekend
401(4)
Power and Violence in Marriages and Families
405(42)
What Is Power?
406(1)
What Does Marital Power Involve?
406(1)
Power Bases
407(1)
The Dynamics of Marital Power
407(7)
Classical Perspectives on Marital Power
407(5)
Social Class, Racial/Ethnic Diversity, and Marital Power
412(1)
The Future of Marital Power
413(1)
Some American Couples
414(2)
Four Types of Couples Compared
414(2)
Peer Marriage
416(1)
Power Politics Versus No-Power Relationships
416(3)
Power Politics in Marriage
417(1)
Alternatives to Power Politics
418(1)
As We Make Choices Disengaging from Power Struggles
419(1)
Case Study An Ice-Skating Homemaker in a Me-or-Him Bind
420(2)
The Role That Marriage Counselors Can Play
421(1)
Family Violence
422(16)
Major Sources of Data on Family Violence
422(4)
Racial/Ethnic Diversity, Immigration, and Family Violence
426(2)
Wife and Female Partner Abuse
428(4)
Husband and Male Partner Abuse
432(3)
Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay Male, and Bisexual Couples
435(1)
Stopping Relationship Violence
436(2)
Focus on Children Child Abuse and Neglect
438(9)
Elder Abuse and Neglect
442(5)
PART V Family Change, Crises, and Resilience
Family Stress, Crises and Resilience
447(26)
Theoretical Perspectives on Family Stress and Crises
449(1)
Issues for Thought Sudden Health: The Experience of Families with a Member Who Has Surgery to Correct Epilepsy
450(1)
What Precipitates a Family Crisis?
450(5)
Types of Stressors
450(5)
Facts About Families Some Examples of Everyday Family Stressors
455(1)
Stressor Overload
455(1)
The Course of a Family Crisis
456(2)
The Period of Disorganization
456(1)
Recovery
457(1)
Family Stress, Crisis, Adjustment, and Adaptation: A Theoretical Model
458(2)
Stressor Pile-Up
458(1)
Appraising the Situation
459(1)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Stressor Pile-Up Among Single-Mother Families in Homeless Shelters
460(3)
Crisis-Meeting Resources
462(1)
Meeting Crises Creatively
463(4)
A Positive Outlook
463(1)
Spiritual Values and Support Groups
463(1)
Open, Supportive Communication
464(1)
Adaptability
464(1)
Informal Social Support
464(1)
An Extended Family
464(1)
Community Resources
465(2)
Crisis: Disaster or Opportunity?
467(1)
Issues for Thought When a Parent Is in Prison
468(5)
Divorce: Before and After
473(48)
Today's High U.S. Divorce Rate
474(1)
Facts About Families How Divorce Rates Are Reported
475(1)
Why Are Couples Divorcing?
476(6)
Economic Factors
477(2)
High Expectations of Marriage
479(1)
The Changed Nature of Marriage
479(1)
Decreased Social, Legal, and Moral Constraints
480(1)
Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce
481(1)
Other Factors Associated with Divorce
481(1)
Common Marital Complaints
482(1)
Thinking About Divorce: Weighing the Alternatives
482(3)
Marital Happiness, Barriers to Divorce, and Alternatives to the Marriage
482(1)
``Would I Be Happier?''
483(1)
Is Divorce a Temporary Crisis or a Permanent Stress?
484(1)
Getting the Divorce
485(4)
The Emotional Divorce
485(1)
The Legal Divorce
485(1)
The Community Divorce
486(2)
The Psychic Divorce
488(1)
The Economic Consequences of Divorce
489(4)
Divorce, Single-Parent Families, and Poverty
489(1)
Husbands, Wives, and Economic Divorce
490(2)
Child Support
492(1)
Divorce and Children
493(3)
The Various Stresses for Children of Divorce
494(2)
Issues for Thought How It Feels When Parents Divorce
496(11)
Custody Issues
501(6)
Parent Education for Co-Parenting Ex-Spouses
507(1)
His and Her Divorce
507(2)
Her Divorce
507(1)
His Divorce
508(1)
Forming Families: The Next Generation
509(2)
Adult Children of Divorced Parents and Intergenerational Relationships
509(1)
Marital Stability for Adult Children of Divorced Parents
510(1)
Should Divorce Be Harder to Get?
511(1)
Is Divorce Necessarily Bad for Children?
512(1)
Is Making Divorce Harder to Get a Realistic Idea?
512(1)
Surviving Divorce
512(2)
What Can Be Done to Address the Negative Consequences of Divorce for Children?
512(1)
The Good Divorce
513(1)
Case Study The Post-Divorce Family as a Child-Rearing Institution
514(1)
As We Make Choices Ten Keys to Successful Co-Parenting
515(6)
Remarriages and Stepfamilies
521(32)
Remarriage: Some Basic Facts
523(1)
Facts About Families Remarriages and Race/Ethnic Diversity
524(1)
Focus on Children Remarriage, Stepfamilies, and Children's Living Arrangements
524(2)
Choosing Partners the Next Time: Variations on a Theme
526(2)
Remarriage Advantages for Women and Men
526(2)
Homogamy in Remarriage
528(1)
Spouses' Happiness/Satisfaction and Stability in Remarriage
528(2)
Happiness/Satisfaction in Remarriage
529(1)
The Stability of Remarriages
529(1)
Case Study My (Step)Family
530(2)
Negative Stereotypes and Remarital Satisfaction and Stability
530(2)
Remarried Families: A Normless Norm
532(2)
Characteristics of Remarried Families
532(2)
A Closer Look at Family Diversity Immigrant Stepfamilies
534(2)
Kin Networks in the Remarried Family
534(2)
Family Law and the Remarried Family
536(1)
Children's Well-Being in Stepfamilies
536(1)
Stepparenting: A Challenge in Remarriage
537(5)
Some Reasons Stepparenting Is Difficult
537(3)
Stepmothers
540(1)
Stepfathers
541(1)
As We Make Choices Some Stepparenting Tips
542(3)
Having a Mutual Child
543(2)
Creating Supportive Stepfamilies
545(1)
Case Study From Stepfather to Father---Creating a Resilient Stepfamily
546(7)
Aging Families
553(30)
Our Aging Population
554(2)
Aging Baby Boomers
554(1)
Longer Life Expectancy
554(2)
Racial/Ethnic Composition of the Older American Population
556(1)
Living Arrangements of Older Americans
556(2)
Gender Differences in Older Americans' Living Arrangements
557(1)
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Older Americans' Living Arrangements
558(1)
Aging in Today's Economy
558(2)
Older Women's Finances
559(1)
Marriage Relationships in Later Life
560(2)
The Postparental Period and Retirement
561(1)
Later-Life Divorce and Widowhood
562(1)
Widowhood and Widowerhood
563(1)
Older Parents, Adult Children, and Grandchildren
563(4)
Older Parents and Adult Children
563(2)
Grandparenthood
565(2)
Aging Families and Caregiving
567(3)
Adult Children as Eldercare Providers
569(1)
As We Make Choices Community Resources for Eldercare
570(4)
Gender Differences in Providing Eldercare
572(1)
The Sandwich Generation
573(1)
Eldercare as a Family Process
573(1)
Case Study Looking After: A Son's Memoir
574(3)
Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Family Eldercare
576(1)
The Changing American Family and Eldercare in the Future
577(6)
Toward Better Caregiving
579(4)
How to Find the Appendices
Appendix A Human Sexual Anatomy
Appendix B Human Sexual Response
Appendix C Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Appendix D Sexual Dysfunctions and Therapy
Appendix E Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Appendix F Contraceptive Techniques
Appendix G High-Tech Fertility
Appendix H Marriage and Close Relationship Counseling
Appendix I Managing a Family Budget
Glossary 583(18)
References 601(76)
Credits 677(2)
Author Index 679(10)
Subject Index 689


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