Marriages, Families, and Intimate Relationships : A Practical Introduction

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This book provides timely, practical, and high-interest information about marriages, families, and intimate relationships, in an engaging format that is easy-to-use and learn from. Feature such as "Popular Culture and the Media," "Practical Action," and "Numbers that Matter" help grab and keep readersrs" attention. The new edition has been updated to include coverage of important issues, topics, and research from the past few years. Examples of new topics covered include: state abortion law updates, abstinence education controversy, adultolescents, children and the effects of TV watching, foster children, LGBT, living apart together (LAT) couples, post-adoption blues, safe-haven laws pro and con, Web 2.0, and more.

Table of Contents

Finding Happiness in Relationships in a Complex World
Popular Culture & The Media
What Is It That We Seek?
On The Web
What Do You Seek in Love & Intimacy?
Seeking Happiness through Love & Intimacy Marriage & Well-Being
Numbers That Matter: Marriage, Families, & Happiness Love, Marriage, & Happiness Love, Appreciation, & Happiness How Happy Are You in a Relationship?
Example Of Practicing Appreciation & Love: Finding Meaning & Joy amid Sorrow
Practical Action: Happiness: Is It within Your Grasp?
The Challenges of Love, Work, & Raising Children
Intimacy, Marriage, & Family
What Is the Expression of Intimacy?
The Three Dimensions of Breadth, Openness, & Depth What Is Marriage?
What Is a Family?
The Challenges to Relationships & Families Today Why Have Families at All?
Four Benefits Today s Changing Families: Economic Trends Today s Changing Families
Demographic Trends Your Personal Exploration Self-Assessment
The Relate and Ready
Relationship Questionnaires Key Terms Used in This
Chapter Summary Take It to the Net
Learning about Intimate Behavior
Popular Culture & The Media Advertising Doesn t Affect Me
On The Web Understanding Advertising
A Short History of Marriage American Families in the Colonial Era
Numbers That Matter: How Times Have
Changed Families in the 19th & Early 20th Centuries Families in the Modern Era
The Family in the 1960s 2000s: In Decline?
Recent History: Late 20th-Century Immigration
Learning How to Think
Keys to Being Open- Minded Uncritical Thinking & Magical Thinking
The Steps in Critical
Thinking Mindfulness: Taking Active Control
Practical Action: Tools for Reasoning
How Do You Know What s True?
Learning to Evaluate Research Results
Survey Research: Collecting Data by Questionnaire or Interview from Representative Samples
Clinical Research: In-Depth Examination of Individuals or Groups in Counseling
Observational Research: Observing People in Their Usual Surroundings
Experimental Research: Measuring Behavior under Controlled Conditions
Other Kinds of Research
Trying to Be Objective: How Do You Know What s True?
Theoretical Perspectives on the Family Two Types of Theories: Macro-Level versus Micro-Level Orientations
The Structural-Functional Perspective: The Family Is a Social Institution Performing Essential Functions
The Conflict Perspective: Conflict & Change, Not Harmony, Is the Normal State of the Family
The Symbolic Interaction Perspective: People s Interactions Ultimately Determine Their Behavior
The Family Systems Perspective: Family Members Are Interconnected, & Changes in One Affect Others
The Social Exchange Perspective: Individuals Seek the Most Benefits & the Least Costs in a Relationship
The Feminist Perspective: Inequality between Men & Women Results from Male Dominance
The Ecological Perspective: The Family Is Influenced by & Influences Its Environment
The Family Development Perspective: Individuals & Families Change through
Stages of Life Is Any Perspective Better
Than Any Other?
Different Folks, Different Families Self-Assessment: Gaining Self-Knowledge from the Harvard
Project Implicit Website
Key Terms Used in This
Chapter Summary
Take It to the Net
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