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Annual Editions is a series of over 65 volumes, each designed to provide convenient, inexpensive access to a wide range of current articles from some of the most respected magazines, newspapers, and journals published today. Annual Editions are updated on a regular basis through a continuous monitoring of over 300 periodical sources. The articles selected are authored by prominent scholars, researchers, and commentators writing for a general audience. The Annual Editions volumes have a number of common organizational features designed to make them particularly useful in the classroom: a general introduction; an annotated table of contents; a topic guide; an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites; and a brief overview for each section. Each volume also offers an online Instructor's Resource Guide with testing materials. Using Annual Editions in the Classroom is offered as a practical guide for instructors. Visit www.mhcls.com for more details.
Annual Editions: The Family 10/11
UNIT 1: Evolving Perspectives on the FamilyUnit Overview
1. Marriage and Family in the Scandinavian Experience, David Popenoe, Society, May/June 2006
In this article, the author compares U.S. and Scandinavian societal expectations and attitudes regarding marriage and the family. Legal and social differences are addressed, and many surprising similarities are identified. For example, although the marriage rate is much lower in Sweden than in the United States, the breakup rate of relationships involving a commitment is much the same.
2. Interracial Families, Carol Mithers, Ladies' Home Journal, July 2006
The number of mixed-race marriages has grown sevenfold from 1970 to 2000. The implications of this change for managing relationships and socializing children are discussed.
3. Children as a Public Good, Myra H. Strober, Dissent, Fall 2004
In an individualistic society, like the United States, children as a private good is often emphasized. Myra Strober, an economist, presents quite a different model, one of children as a public good, and one that requires collective solutions to issues related to their care.
4. Family Partnerships, JoBeth Allen, Educational Leadership, September 2008
Partnerships between families and schools help to facilitate learning among children. They also increase respect for the family's strengths and abilities as well as awareness of cultural variations in families.UNIT 2: Exploring and Establishing RelationshipsUnit Overview
Part A. Love and Sex
5. This Thing Called Love, Lauren Slater, National Geographic, February 2006
What we recognize as passionate love or infatuation share a chemical profile that is surprisingly similar to that of obsessive-compulsive disorder. In order for relationships to last, we cannot depend on retaining feelings of passionate love throughout the duration of the relationship.
6. Pillow Talk, Nina Utne, Utne, March–April 2006
Stephen Levine is a writer and best-selling author on death and dying. He and his wife, Ondrea, have had three unsuccessful marriages between them before their current 26-year one. Their responses to a range of questions about lust, the meaning of marriage, love, and true intimacy will give all readers much to think about.
7. 24 Things Love and Sex Experts Are Dying to Tell You, Ellise Pierce, Redbook, June 2006
Fourteen experts share with readers their advice on love, sex, and intimate relationships. Their down-to-earth suggestions range from "how to use compliments" to "when to (and not to) sweep problems under the rug." Don't knock it until you've tried it twice.
Part B. Choosing a Mate
8. On-Again, Off-Again, Elizabeth Svoboda, Psychology Today, March/April 2008
Some couples seem trapped in a relationship cycle of breaking up and making up. This article addresses possible explanations for this phenomenon as well as ways of breaking the cycle, either by choosing to stay in the relationships or leaving for good.
Part C. Pregnancy and the Next Generation
9. Fats, Carbs and the Science of Conception, Jorge E. Chavarro, Walter C. Willett & Patrick J. Skerrett, Newsweek, December 10, 2007
Sperm meets egg—the simple fact of conception. Yet, the reality of conception is that it is a complicated and amazing process that is responsive to a variety of behavioral and other choices on the part of the parents. This article addresses specific influences: diet, exercise and weight control.
10. Starting the Good Life in the Womb, W. Allan Walker and Courtney Humphries, Newsweek, September 17, 2007
Lifestyle choices that women make while pregnant may have a life-long impact on their unborn baby. This article suggests ideas for how mothers can improve their baby's chances to grow into healthy adults.
11. Not Always 'the Happiest Time,' Lisa Miller and Anne Underwood, Newsweek, April 24, 2006
The Constitution of the United States identifies the right to procreate as a fundamental human right. Yet there is almost no public policy in the United States regarding reproductive rights and access to reproductive technology. The provocative article discusses this thorny issue and the results are thought provoking.
12. Adopting a New American Family, Jamie Chamberlin, Monitor on Psychology, December 2005
Adoption in the United States has changed radically during the past 20 years. Sensitivity to racial and cultural variations among families and family members, as well as openness in communication among birth and adoptive family members, is increasingly needed.UNIT 3: Family RelationshipsUnit Overview
Part A. Marriage and Other Committed Relationships
13. Free as a Bird and Loving It, Sharon Jayson, USA Today, April 12, 2007
Is marriage becoming less desirable? Being single increasingly is not seen as a temporary and undesirable state, and more individuals are choosing to put off marriage or simply not marry at all. This article addresses some of the benefits of remaining single.
14. Gay Marriage Lite, David M. Wagner, The Weekly Standard, November 6, 2006
This article looks at the complex effort to introduce same-sex marriage in the state of New Jersey.
15. Two Mommies and a Daddy, Elizabeth Marquardt, Christian Century, July 25, 2006
Polygamy is a topic that is receiving more attention, with sympathetic media coverage and a television program focusing on an appealing, fictional polygamous family. In addition, polyamorous unions are receiving increasing attention. Here, these and other forms of bonded relationships are discussed.
Part B. Relationships between Parents and Children
16. Good Parents, Bad Results, Nancy Shute, U.S. News & World Report, June 23, 2008
Parents often struggle to provide needed structure for their children. This article presents eight common mistakes made by parents as they rear their children.
17. Do We Need a Law to Prohibit Spanking?, Murray Straus, Family Focus, June 2007
A substantial body of evidence documents the harmful effects of spanking, yet few recognize this. Therefore, Straus argues for a law to prohibit spanking.
18. Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents, Charlotte J. Patterson, Current Directions in Psychological Science, October 2006
Does parental sexual orientation affect child development? After years of research, little difference in children has been found between same-sex and other-sex parents. In fact the quality of relationship in the family seems to matter more than parents' sexual orientation.
19. Prickly Père, Elizabeth Svoboda, Psychology Today, September/October 2007
This article addresses the question, 'What are your obligations to a parent who's smothering or abusive?' Suggestions for ways of dealing with dominating parents are provided.
Part C. Other Family Relationships
20. The Forgotten Siblings, Sally Young, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy 2007
In studying families, we often lose sight of siblings and aspects of siblinghood (including sibling rivalry as well as sibling loyalty). Yet siblings maintain a powerful influence on each other that extends throughout life, even if physical contact is broken off.
21. Being a Sibling, Steven L. Baumann, Tina Taylor Dyches, and Marybeth Braddick, Nursing Science Quarterly, January 2005
Being a sibling can be challenging and paradoxical. It can also provide us with opportunities and rewards. In this study, the authors look at the question of what it means to be a sibling, especially when one's brother or sister is recognizably different from others.
22. Aunties and Uncles, John Tyler Connoley, The Advocate, June 8, 2004
"Family" can mean much more than the people who are legally our kin. John Tyler Connoley grew up as a missionary kid, surrounded by a family that included many loving and caring people to whom he had no legal tie. He has continued this inclusive view of family and has maintained it in his current home.
23. Roles of American Indian Grandparents in Times of Cultural Crisis, Rockey Robbins et al., Journal of Cultural Diversity, Summer 2005
Grandparents often serve an important role in the lives of young people and this is seen clearly in this article on the role of American Indian grandparents. In this context, grandparents serve to reinforce and teach their grandchildren about traditional tribal values and knowledge, as well as serve as an anchor to the tribal past.UNIT 4: Challenges and OpportunitiesUnit Overview
Part A. Family Violence and Chaos
24. Recognizing Domestic Partner Abuse, Harvard Women's Health Watch, September 2006
This brief article provides a concise description of the risk factors for domestic partner abuse, as well as suggestions for how to help someone who you suspect is in an abusive relationship.
25. Domestic Abuse Myths, Raina Kelley, Newsweek Web Exclusive, March 9, 2009
Even when it involves rich and privileged celebrities, incidents of domestic violence are accompanied by myths and mistaken assumptions about choices both parties make. Domestic violence is, in fact, underlain by elements of power, control, and domination.
Part B. Substance Abuse
26. Children of Alcoholics, Cara E. Rice et al., The Prevention Researcher, November 2006
Children of alcoholic parents have a variety of risk factors for developing substance abuse as well as other negative outcomes. This article identifies protective factors that may reduce the risks children of alcoholic parents face.
27. Impact of Family Recovery and Pre-Teens and Adolescents, Virginia Lewis and Lois Allen-Byrd, The Prevention Researcher, November 2006
Beginning with the introduction to the concept of family recovery, this article explores its stages and three distinct types of alcoholic families in recovery. The primary focus, however, is the impact family recovery has on pre-teens and adolescents who are the "forgotten" family members in this radical and traumatic long-term process.
Part C. Infidelity
28. My Cheatin' Heart, Daphne Gottlieb, Utne, March/April 2006
Infidelity … affair … new and forbidden love versus committed monogamy? All of these are bluntly and powerfully addressed in this essay that looks at cheating from both sides—the cheater and the partner.
29. Love but Don't Touch, Mark Teich, Psychology Today, March/April 2006
Often seen as less serious than a sexual affair, when one's partner has an emotional affair it can have a devastating effect on a couple's relationship. Emotional affairs may not even involve sexual contact and may not be seen as "cheating" by the party who is involved in the affair. Yet, the recovery from the deceit and violation of trust that is an integral element of an emotional affair can be just as challenging.
30. Is This Man Cheating on His Wife?, Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal Online, August 10, 2007
Second Life, a 3D virtual world, allows "residents," using avatars (visual representations of themselves), to interact and build relationships with other residents. This article depicts what happens when one spouse "cheats" on his wife in his second life while he neglects his wife in real life.
Part D. Economic Concerns
31. The Opt-Out Myth, E. J. Graff, Columbia Journalism Revue, March/April 2007
E.J. Graff explains why the media reports that upper class women are opting out of the labor market to raise children in substantial numbers re myths. The proportion of women, even mothers, in the labor force is increasing, not decreasing. The consequences and policy implications of the truth are immense.
32. Making Time for Family Time, Tori DeAngelis, Monitor on Psychology, January, 2008
As they start their lives together, couples must confront issues associated with bringing their home and work lives together. DeAngelis provides a list of helpful recommendations from early-career experts on how to deal with the complexities of this topic.
Part E. Illness and Death in the Family
33. Partners Face Cancer Together, Elizabeth Szabo, USA Today Newspaper, April 2007
Breast cancer has long been seen as a death sentence. For many couples, however, it is treated as a chronic condition that both of them must deal with. In this article, male partners provide their insights into how they provided support and dealt with the effects on themselves at the same time.
34. Dealing Day-to-Day with Diabetes: A Whole Family Experience, Karen Giles-Smith, Today's Dietitian, November 2007
Chronic illnesses like diabetes are a "never-ending" story with which families must learn to cope. Parents may have more difficulty with the necessary changes that must be made, but families can successfully adjust and thrive in the face of ongoing care.
35. Navigating Practical Dilemmas in Terminal Care, Helen Sorenson, Emphysema/COPD: The Journal of Patient-Centered Care, vol. 1., no. 1, Winter 2004
Our physical status declines more (after adolescence) than it inclines. Aging is universal, and death is inevitable. Helen Sorenson addresses the ethics and morality issues of terminal care. Trust and good communication are essential when preparing advance care directives. Each of us have choices to make about our own deaths.
36. Bereavement after Caregiving, Richard Schulz, Randy Herbert, and Kathrin Boerner, Geriatrics, January 2008
Approximately 20 percent of bereaved caregivers will experience a number of psychiatric symptoms. The authors identify prebereavement risk factors and preventive strategies as well as diagnostic and treatment strategies that can be implemented post-loss.
37. Love, Loss—and Love, Karen Springen, Newsweek, December 3, 2007
The death of a child is one of the most painful losses, possibly the most painful, that can occur to an adult. Life is never "normal" again—or at least the normal that parents knew before. Parents struggle with the reality of their loss, dealing with a myriad of emotions and questioning whether they should try again. Yet, it is possible for parents to reconcile themselves to their loss and to, again, welcome a child into their lives.
Part F. War the Stress of Separation
38. Stressors Afflicting Families during Military Deployment, Gina M. Di Nola, Military Medicine, May 2008, vol 173, Issue 5
This article discusses factors that affect U.S. military families during the time that a parent is deployed. The experience is highly stressful for families, and Family Readiness Groups (FRG), which provide a variety of services to the families, are described.
39. Children of the Wars, Lawrence Hardy, American School Board Journal, January 2008
When parents are on active duty, children face tremendous stress and potentially overwhelming fear. Will their parent come back? With repeated deployments, children re-experience these fears. Adults can and should provide comfort and support for them and this article describes ways in which this can be done.
Part F. Divorce and Remarriage
40. A Divided House, Mark Teich, Psychology Today, May/June 2007
An unfortunate and painful result of a divorce may be one parent attempting (and sometimes succeeding), to turn the children against the other parent. This article depicts the effects of this alienation of a child's affection and presents ways in which parents might try to repair the break.
41. Civil Wars, Christopher Munsey, Monitor on Psychology, November 2007
The divorce, itself, isn't necessarily the problem for children whose parents divorce. This article describes how psychologists, working as parenting coordinators, help parents to work through the details of their divorce while also managing their emotions, which makes the experience easier for the children.
42. Stepfamily Success Depends on Ingredients, Tori DeAngelis, Monitor on Psychology, December 2005
The effect of divorce and remarriage on children is often presented as an either/or phenomenon, either good or bad, while the reality appears to be much more complicated. The author describes wide-ranging research on the lives of stepchildren and their families, presenting a more complex and nuanced view.UNIT 5: Families, Now and into the FutureUnit Overview
43. Get a Closer Look, Ira Wolfman, Writing, November/December 2005
Family interviews can add to one's understanding of family members and can be fun and informative, but they take some preparation and planning. This article describes how one might go about doing such an interview.
44. The Joy of Rituals, Dawn Marie Barhyte, Vibrant Life, November/December 2006
Families are strengthened through rituals and this article presents a variety of strategies for strengthening families through rituals.
45. Sustaining Resilient Families for Children in Primary Grades, Janice Patterson and Lynn Kirkland, Childhood Education, Fall 2007
Resilient families share certain characteristics. This article catalogues characteristics of resilient families; makes suggestions for ways of strengthening families; and discusses the importance of family traditions and routines, the value of children's literature for family communication, and the role of community in the family.
46. The Consumer Crunch, Michael Mandel, BusinessWeek, November 26, 2007
The consumer crunch is coming on strong and families will need to tighten their belts by cutting back on spending.
47. Sparking Interest in Nature—Family Style, Donna J. Satterlee and Grace D. Cormons, Young Children, January 2008
SPARK (Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge), a nature-based program designed to advance literacy and environmental knowledge in a rural Virginia county, engages children between the ages of 3 and 7 and their families. The article also discusses how similar programs can be set up.
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