Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-07
  • 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 thediversityof American familiesgiving equal attention to all racial, ethnic, and other societal groupsand examines not only thechoices, but theconstraintsthat 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 themselvesand 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

The Changing Family
Studying Marriage and the Family
The Family in Historical Perspective
Racial and Ethnic Families: Strengths and Stresses
Socialization and Gender Roles
Love and Loving Relationships
Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life
Choosing Others: Dating and Mate Selection
Singlehood, Cohabitation, Civil Unions, and Other Options
Marriage and Communication in Committed Relationships
To Be or Not to Be a Parent: More Choices, More Constraints
Raising Children: Promises and Pitfalls
Balancing Work and Family Life
Family Violence and Other Health Issues
Separation and Divorce
Remarriages and Stepfamilies
Families in Later Life
The Family in the Twenty-First Century
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