Marriages and Families Census Update

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2011-07-11
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Changes, Choices, and Constraints   Marriages and Families, Census Update, 7e offers students a comprehensive introduction to many issues facing families in the twenty- first century.   The text's major theme "Changes, Choices, and Constraints"explores:   Contemporary changesin families and their structure  Impacts on the choicesthat are available to family members Constraintsthat often limit our choices   Through this approach, students are better able to understand what the research and statistics mean for themselves!  Marriages and Families, Census Update balances theoretical and empirical discussions with practical examples and applications. It highlights important contemporary changes in society and the family. This text is written from a sociological perspective and incorporates material from other disciplines: history, economics, social work, psychology, law, biology, medicine, family studies, women's studies, and anthropology.     More about the themes:   Changes Examines how recent profound structural and attitudinal changes affect family forms, interpersonal relationships, and raising children. It reaches beyond the traditional discussions to explore racial-ethnic families, single-parent families and gay families as well as the recent scholarship by and about men, fathers, and grandfathers. Contemporary American marriages and families vary greatly in structure, dynamics, and cultural heritage. Thus, discussions of gender roles, social class, race, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation are integrated throughout this book. To further strengthen students understanding of the growing diversity among today's families, the author included a series of boxes that focus on families from many cultures.   Choices On the individual level, family members have many more choices today than ever before. People feel freer to postpone marriage, to cohabit, or to raise children as single parents. As a result, household forms vary greatly, ranging from commuter marriages to those in which several generations live together under the same roof.   Constraints Although family members choices are more varied today, we also face greater macro- level constraints. Our options are increasingly limited, for example, by government policies. Economic changes often shape family life and not vice versa. Political and legal institutions also have a major impact on most families in tax laws, welfare reform, and even in defining what a family is. Because laws, public policies, and religious groups affect our everyday lives, the author has framed many discussions of individual choices within the larger picture of the institutional constraints that limit our choices.   To learn more about the new edition, clickhereto visit the showcase site.     What is the Pearson Census Update Program?   The Census Update edition incorporates 2010 Census data into a course ;simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program are as follows: Census Update Edition -Features fully updated data throughout the text ;including all charts and graphs ;to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. This edition also includes a reproduction of the 2010 Census Questionnaire for your students to explore in detail. 2010 Census Update Primer -A brief seven-chapter overview of the Census, including important information about the Constitutional mandate, research methods, who is affected by the Census, and how data is used. Additionally, the primer explores key contemporary topics such as race and ethnicity, the family, and poverty. The primer can be packaged with any Pearson text at no additional cost, and is available via MySocLab, MySocKit, and MySearchLab. The primer can also be purchased standalone. 2010 Census Update Primer Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  -Includes explanations of what has been updated, in-class activities, homework activities associated with the MyLabs and MyKits, discussion questions for the primer, and test questions related to the primer. MyFamilyLab- Gives students the opportunity to explore the methods and data and apply the results in a dynamic interactive online environment. It includes: primary source readings relevant to the Census an online version of the 2010 Census Update Primer a series of activities using 2010 Census results video clips explaining and exploring the Census

Author Biography

Nijole V. Benokraitis, professor emerita of sociology at the University of Baltimore, taught the marriage and family course for almost 25 years. It was her favorite class but her courses in racial and ethnic relations and gender roles ran a close second. Professor Benokraitis received a B.A. in sociology and English from Emmanuel College in Boston, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.


She was a strong proponent of applied sociology and required her students to enhance their knowledge through interviews, direct observation, and other hands-on learning methods. She also enlisted her students in community service activities such as tutoring and mentoring inner-city high school students, writing to government officials and other decision makers about specific social problems, and volunteering research services to nonprofit organizations.


Professor Benokraitis immigrated to the United States from Lithuania with her family after World War II as a political refugee when she was five years old. She is bilingual and bicultural and is very empathetic of students who must balance the demands of several cultural worlds.


She has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited ten books, including Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, Contemporary Ethnic Families in the United States: Characteristics, Variations, and Dynamics; Feuds about Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives; and Modern Sexism: and Blatant, Subtle, and Covert Discrimination. Dr. Benokraitis has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as institutional racism, discrimination against women in government and higher education, fathers in two-earner families, displaced homemakers, and family policy.


She has received grants and fellowships from many institutions, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ford Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Administration on Aging, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has also served as a consultant in the areas of sex and race discrimination to women’s commissions, business groups, colleges and universities, federal government programs, and the American Association of University Women’s International Fellowships Program.


Dr. Benokraitis has made several appearances on radio and television shows on gender communication differences and single-sex educational institutions. She currently serves on the editorial board of Women & Criminal Justice and reviews manuscripts for several academic journals.


Professor Benokraitis lives in Maryland with her husband, Dr. Vitalius Benokraitis, a vice president at a technology assessment company. They have two adult children, Gema and Andrius.


The author looks forward (and always responds) to comments on the 7th edition of Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices, and Constraints. She can be reached at nbenokraitis@ubalt.edu.

Table of Contents



Part I: Marriage and the Family in Perspective

Chapter 1: The Changing Family

Chapter 2: Studying the Family

Chapter 3: The Family in Historical Perspective

Chapter 4: Racial and Ethnic Families: Strengths and Stresses


Part II: The Individual and the Developing Relationship

Chapter 5: Socialization and Gender Roles

Chapter 6: Romance, Love, and Loving Relationships

Chapter 7: Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life


Part III: Individual and Marital Commitments

Chapter 8: Choosing Others: Dating and Mate Selection

Chapter 9: Singlehood, Cohabitation, Civil Unions, and Other Options

Chapter 10: Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships


Part IV: Parents and Children

Chapter 11: To Be or Not to Be A Parent: More Choices, More Constraints

Chapter 12: Raising Children: Promises and Pitfalls


Part V: Conflicts and Crises

Chapter 13: Balancing Work and Family Life

Chapter 14: Family Abuse, Violence, and Other Health Issues

Chapter 15: Separation and Divorce


Part VI: Changes and Transitions

Chapter 16: Remarriage and Stepfamilies

Chapter 17: Families in Later Life




Chapter 1: The Changing Family

What Is a Family?

How are Families Similar across Societies?

How do Families Differ across Societies?

Family Structure and Social Change

Some Myths about the Family

Family Values: Three Perspectives on the Changing Family

Trends in Changing Families

Why Are Families Changing?

A Cross-Cultural and Global Perspective on the Family


Chapter 2: Studying the Family

Why Theories and Research are Important in Our Everyday Lives

Theoretical Perspectives on Families

Family Research Methods

The Ethics and Politics of Family Research


Chapter 3: The Family in Historical Perspective

The Colonial Family

Early American Families from Non-European Cultures

Industrialization, Urbanization, and European Immigration: 1820 to 1930

The Modern Family Emerges

The Golden Fifties

The Family since the 1960s


Chapter 4: Racial and Ethnic Families: Strengths and Stresses

The Increasing Diversity of U.S. Families

Race and Ethnicity Still Matter

African American Families

American Indian Families

Latino Families

Asian American Families

Middle Eastern Families

Interracial and Interethnic Relationships and Marriages


Chapter 5: Socialization and Gender Roles

Gender Myths about Female-Male Similarities and Differences

The Nature-Nurture Debate: Is Anatomy Destiny?

Why Do Gender Roles Differ?

How Do We Learn Gender Roles?

Traditional Views and Gender Roles

Gender Roles in Adulthood

A Global View: Variations in Gender Roles


Chapter 6: Romance, Love, and Loving Relationships

Loving and Liking

What Is Love?

Caring, Intimacy, and Commitment

Some Theories about Love and Loving

Functions of Love and Loving

Experiencing Love

When Love Goes Wrong

How Couples Change: Romantic and Long-term Love

A Global View of Love


Chapter 7: Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life

Sexuality and Human Development

Why We Have Sex

How We Learn about Sex

Sexual Behaviors

Sexuality Throughout Life

Sexual Infidelity

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Sex

Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV, and AIDS


Chapter 8: Choosing Others: Dating and Mate Selection

How Often Do We Date?

Why Do We Date?

The Dating Spectrum

Meeting Others

Choosing Whom We Date: Choices and Constraints

Why We Choose Each Other: Theories of Mate Selection

A Global View: Mate Selection across Cultures

Harmful Dating Relationships: Power, Control, and Sexual Aggression

Breaking Up


Chapter 9: Singlehood, Cohabitation, Civil Unions, and Other Options

The Single Option

The Diversity of Singles

Home Alone

Why More People Are Single

Racial and Ethnic Singles


Gay and Lesbian Couples

Communal Living Arrangements


Chapter 10: Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships

Why Do People Marry?

What Do We Expect from Marriage?

Types of Marriages

Marital Success and Happiness

How Does Marriage Affect Health?

Marital Roles

How Marriages Change throughout the Life Course

Communication: A Key to Successful Relationships

What Do Couples Fight About?

Productive Communication Patterns


Chapter 11: To Be or Not To Be a Parent: More Choices, More Constraints

Becoming a Parent

How Many Children Do You Want?

Postponing Parenthood


Adoption: The Traditional Solution to Infertility

Medical and High-Tech Solutions to Infertility


Childless by Choice


Chapter 12: Raising Children: Promises and Pitfalls

Contemporary Parenting Roles

Some Theories of Child Development

Parenting Variations by Ethnicity and Social Class

Parenting Changes over the Life Course

Parenting in Lesbian and Gay Families

Parenting Styles and Discipline

Child Care Arrangements

Current Social Issues and Children’s Well-Being


Chapter 13: Balancing Work and Family Life

The Significance of Work

Work in the Contemporary United States

How the Economy Affects Families

Women’s Participation in the Labor Force

New Economic Roles within Marriage

Two-Income Families

Inequality in the Workplace

Families and Work Policies


Chapter 14: Family Abuse, Violence, and Other Health Issues

Intimate Partner Abuse and Violence

Child Maltreatment

Hidden Victims: Siblings and Adolescents

Elder Abuse and Neglect

Violence among Same-Sex Couples and Racial-Ethnic Groups

Explaining Family Abuse and Violence

Other Family Health Issues

Combating Family Abuse and Violence


Chapter 15: Separation and Divorce

Separation: Process and Outcome

Trends in Divorce

The Process of Divorce

Why do People Divorce?

How Divorce Affects Adults

How Divorce Affects Children

Some Positive Outcomes of Separation and Divorce

Counseling, Marital Therapy, Divorce Mediation, and Collaborative Divorce


Chapter 16: Remarriages and Stepfamilies

Being Single Again: Dating and Cohabitation

Being Single Again: Dating and Cohabitation

Forming a Stepfamily

Characteristics of Remarried Couples

Remarriage as a Process

How First Marriages and Remarriages Differ

Couple Dynamics in Stepfamilies

The Diversity and Complexity of Stepfamilies

Living in a Stepfamily

Successful Remarriages and Stepfamilies


Chapter 17: Families in Later Life

Our Aging Society

Health and Ageism

Work and Retirement


Aging Parents, Adult Children, and Siblings

Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Being Widowed and Single in Later Life

Family Caregiving in Later Life

Competition for Scarce Resources

Rewards Program

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