Marriages and Families : Changes, Choices, and Constraints

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Exceptionally comprehensive, innately interesting, and extremely readable, this best-seller introduces readers to the study of contemporary marriages and families in ways to which they can easily relate. It examines thediversity of American families--giving equal attention to all racial, ethnic, and other societal groups--and examines not only thechoices , but theconstraints that often limit our family-related choices today. This open-minded approach, combined with a set of practical guidelines presented in each chapter, encourages learners to think and act for themselves--and thereby join the effort to resolve some of the crucial issues confronting 21st century families. A six-part organization places marriage and the family in perspective, looks at the individual and developing relationships, as well as the individual and marital commitments, considers parents and children, explores conflicts and crises, and offers an understanding of changes and transitions. For those interested in a complete and current study of marital and family relationships in America.

Table of Contents

Boxed Featuresp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
About the Authorp. xxi
Marriage and the Family in Perspective
The Changing Familyp. 1
Studying Marriage and the Familyp. 26
The Family in Historical Perspectivep. 49
The Individual and the Developing Relationship
Gender Roles and Socializationp. 72
Love and Loving Relationshipsp. 105
Sexuality and Sexual Expression throughout Lifep. 130
Individual and Marital Commitments
Choosing Others: Dating and Mate Selectionp. 164
Singlehood, Cohabitation, and Other Nonmarital Living Arrangementsp. 192
Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationshipsp. 215
Parents and Children
To Be or Not to Be a Parent: More Choices, More Constraintsp. 244
Raising Children: Prospects and Pitfallsp. 275
Racial and Ethnic Families: Strengths and Stressesp. 304
Conflicts and Crises
Families and Work: Facing the Economic Squeezep. 332
Family Violence and Other Crisis-Related Issuesp. 365
Separation and Divorcep. 395
Changes and Transitions
Remarriage and Stepfamilies: Life after Divorcep. 425
Aging and Family Life: Grandparents, the Widowed, and Caregiversp. 449
The Family in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 476
Sexual Anatomyp. 490
Sexual Problems, Dysfunctions, and Treatmentp. 492
Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirthp. 494
Birth-control and Disease-prevention Techniquesp. 498
HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseasesp. 502
Premarital and Nonmarital Agreementsp. 505
Glossaryp. 507
Referencesp. 512
Photo Creditsp. 551
Name Indexp. 552
Subject Indexp. 562
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