Human Intimacy Marriage, the Family and Its Meaning

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This text is traditional and interdisciplinary. It is a blend of applications, theory and research. It is pro-family and defines the family in a traditional, fairly conservative way. It takes an optimistic, positive view of families in the U.S. and looks at characteristics that lead to successful marriages and families. The book emphasizes what is common to all families, rather than dwelling on what is different. Students find the text highly readable, accessible, and engaging. Many interesting vignettes and examples are included as well as solid statistics and research.

Table of Contents

Building Successful Relationships Through Making Better Decisions
Human Intimacy, Marriage, the Family and Its Meaning: The Basic Assumptions
American Ways of Love
Gender Convergence and Role Equity
Communication in Intimate Relationships
Dating, Sexual Mores, and Mate Selection
Marriage, Intimacy, Expectations, and the Fully Functioning Person
Human Sexuality
Family Planning, Pregnancy and Birth
The Challenge of Parenthood
The Importance of Making Sound Economic Decisions
The Dual-Worker Family: The Real American Family Revolution
Family Life Stages: Middle Age to Surviving Spouse
Family Crisis
The Dissolution of Marriage
Remarriage: A Growing Way of American Life
Actively Seeking Marital Growth and Fulfillment
Sexual Anatomy
Author Index
Subject Index
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