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UNIT 1: Evolving Perspectives on the Family

Unit Overview

1. The Changing Face of the American Family, Tim Stanley, History Today, 2012.

The media often portrays an idealized image of families, focusing on traditional values, structures, and gender roles. At the core has been the idea of the nuclear family. Taking a historical perspective, how have political, social, and economic forces shaped our view of family in the U.S.? Are our views of family liberal and inclusive or are they still shaped by conservative notions valuing the traditional, nuclear family over other forms?

2. Family Matters, W. Bradford Wilcox, Slate, 2014.

American is the land of opportunity – or is it? Data from a new Harvard study suggests that children from single parent families are less likely to experience upward mobility. What accounts for this and how can we help children and families achieve the American dream?

3. Bridging Cultural Divides: The Role and Impact of Binational Families, Samantha N.N. Cross and Mary C. Gilly, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 2013.

U.S. families are increasingly binational, merging partners who are immigrants from different countries. What do we really know about families who mix and merge different cultures through intermarriage? How do changes in the composition of households affect family decision making and resource management?

4. Matches Made on Earth: Why Family Values Are Human Values, Nancie L. Gonzalez, The Humanist, 2011.

What are family values? Who gets to decide? For that matter, what is a family? Although the definition of both terms has often been associated with a conservative perspective, the author argues for a broader view, recognizing the fact that societies differ, as do cultures, and that they also evolve over time.

UNIT 2: Exploring and Establishing Relationships

5. 12 Rude Revelations About Sex, Alain de Botton, Psychology Today, 2013.

Are most sexual problems mechanical, as some sex experts have led us to believe? Alaine de Botton ponders this question and others, offering insights from his new book How to Think More About Sex, exploring a variety of questions about sexual behavior, desire, pornography, adultery, and sex within marriage.

6. Boys on the Side, Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic, 2012.

On college campuses hook-ups have replaced dating. There is a general perception that women are unwilling victims of this culture of casual sex but what are their views? Who’s hooking-up, why, and how do they feel about it?

7. There’s No Such Thing as Everlasting Love (According to Science), Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic, 2013.

What is love? Is it romance and commitment or something less substantial, like “micro-moments” of positive feelings we experience with others during the day? Smith discusses the nature and experience of love using insights from scientific research.

8. The Expectations Trap, Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today, 2010.

Many of the expectations we have for what a potential partner can and should do are culturally determined. We may blame our partners for our unhappiness, and continue seek "the one." Choosing the right partner is important, but by looking at oneself and one’s expectations, it is possible to become the right partner.

9. Waiting to Wed, Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker, Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying, 2011.

The average age individuals wed in the U.S. is steadily increasing. However, most plan on marrying at some point. What factors are important in mate selection today and why they are young adults waiting to wed? Young adults ideas regarding how “settling down” effects your sex life and the emotional sacrifices of commitment are explored.

10. The End of Courtship?, Alex Williams, The New York Times, 2013.

What does it mean to go out on a date today? Is the idea of traditional dating, going out one-on-one for a dinner and a movie dead? The dating world of millennia's differs significantly from that of their parents, punctuated by hook-ups, hanging out, group dates, and social encounters by texting. Is courtship really dead or just re-invented?

11. You Got Your Sperm Where?, Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek, 2011.

Assisted reproductive technologies are allowing many single and lesbian women to become pregnant and create families. What are some of the ethical dilemmas and challenges created by artificial insemination and sperm donation? Should sperm donation be regulated or should men be allowed to donate sperm independently and for free? This article examines the motives of donors and experiences of women navigating the free sperm market.

12. Not Wanting Kids Is Entirely Normal, Jessica Valenti, The Atlantic, 2012.

Becoming an adult is almost synonymous with getting married and having kids. However, if parents had to do it over again, would they? Is parenthood for everyone?

13. Getting It Right From the Start, Thomas G. Sticht, American Educator, 2011.

Research highlights the role of the home environment in the development of children’s literacy skills and traits such as motivation and persistence, which are important to later success in school. Early parenting education efforts are discussed as a strategy to ensure later school success, especially for first-time parents.

UNIT 3: Family Relationships

14. Secret Histories: In an Age of Lessening Privacy, Some Family Secrets Persist, Bruce Feiler, The New York Times, 2014.

The advent of technology and social networking sites has made it difficult to keep a secret. Yet in many families there are secrets. What is keep secret and why? What happens when these secrets come to light, often after the person involved has passed away? How do we process and cope with new, often troubling information about our family’s history?

15. Truth or Dare, Philip Gulley, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, 2013.

Is honesty the best policy in relationships? We’re taught that open, direct, and truthful communication is a key to a healthy relationship. However, is this always the case? When can being frank do more harm than good?

16. Are You with the Right Mate? , Rebecca Webber, Psychology Today, 2012.

Rebecca Webber focuses on marriage and choosing the right partner. She quotes a family therapist who states that real marriage begins when initial physical attraction has diminished, marking the need to start growing as an individual. Webber recommends fundamental acceptance of one's partner in a marriage as no one will meet all their needs in a relationship. It describes a wrong partner as one who is not interested in or capable of supporting the needs of the partner.

17. How to Stay Married, Anne Kingston, Maclean's, 2011.

The author explores Iris Krasnow’s work The Secret Lives of Women: What It Really Takes to Stay Married. She suggests that women need to lower their expectations of what marriage can provide and to grow as individuals. Marriage is less about finding someone to “complete you” and more about finding and liking yourself, both separately and in the context of the marriage.

18. The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss, Liza Mundy, The Atlantic, 2013.

While the debate over gay marriage continues decades of research on same-sex relationships, families and parenting exists. Research finds that those in same sex relationships are often happier than those in heterosexual relationships. What can we learn from gay and lesbian couples on the keys to fulfilling relationships?

19. Parenting Wars, Jane Shilling, New Statesman, 2013.

Parents are flooded with conflicting media messages about how to raise healthy, happy, successful children. Is there one right way to raise a child? Shilling discusses familial, societal, cultural, historical, and media influences on parenting, highlighting the role of love, character, and identity development.

20. My Rules for My Kids: Eat Your Vegetables; Don’t Blame the Teacher, Francis L. Thompson, The Atlantic, 2014.

Francis Thompson and his wife successfully parented 12 children now aged 22 to 37 years old. How did they do it and what can we learn from their childrearing techniques about how to best prepare our children for the future?

21. Teen Spirit, Dan Griffin, Slate, 2014.

Helicopter parents is a term used to refer to a style of parenting where caregivers are especially vigilant in their monitoring, supporting, and protecting of their children in an effort to ensure their future success. However, when does this vigilance become too much, thwarting teens attempts at developing a sense of self and autonomy?

22. Sibling Rivalry Grows Up: Adult Brothers and Sisters Are Masters at Digs; Finding a Way to a Truce, Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal, 2012.

Sibling relationships are an ever present part of our lives. Does the rivalry ever end? What does it look like during adulthood? This article explores sibling rivalry and strife during adulthood, providing some ground rules to address issues before they destroy relationships.

23. Support Needs of Siblings of People with Developmental Disabilities, Catherine K. Arnold, Tamar Heller, and John Kramer, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2012.

As sibling with developmental disabilities age, what are the concerns and worries of adult siblings? How do family relationships, roles, and responsibilities change as parents age and responsibility of caregiving falls to adult siblings? This article explores adult sibling's support needs, ways to facilitate positive family relationships, decrease caregiver stress, and aid in transition planning in families.

24. Supporting Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ling-Ling Tsao, Randy Davenport, and Cynthia Schmiege, Early Childhood Education Journal, 2011.

What is it like to have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? How are sibling relationships affected? This article explores the challenges and potential benefits of having a sibling with special needs and supports needed by families to promote healthy sibling relationships and positive family adaptation.

25. The Accordion Family, Katherine S. Newman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012.

More and more adult children are returning home to live with their parents or never leaving home in the first place. Why are adult children boomeranging back home or delaying their departure from the comfort and security of their parents' home? This article looks at the historical, economic, cultural, and social factors contributing to theses "accordion families."

26. Daddy Issues: Why Caring For My Aging Father Has Me Wishing He Would Die, Sandra Tsing Loh, The Atlantic, 2012.

The author discusses real-life the financial and emotional burden of caring for her 91-year old father. Changes in their family and relationship dynamics are discussed as she explains why caring for him has made her wish he would die.

27. Baby Boomers Care for Grandchildren as Daughters Pursue Careers, Kim Eun-Ha, Koreana, 2013.

More and more grandparents are assuming care for their grandchildren when their parents return to work. What are the reasons behind this trend? How do families make these intergenerational caregiving situations work?

UNIT 4: Challenge and Opportunities

28. Anguish of the Abandoned Child, Charles A. Nelson, III, Nathan A. Fox, and Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., Scientific American, 2013.

How do early experiences of neglect, trauma, and deprivation affect a child? Using data from a study of orphans in Romania this article explores differences in the outcomes of children reared with families, foster care, and state-run institutions.

29. Terrorism in the Home: Eleven myths and facts about domestic violence, Victor M. Parachin, The Priest, 2013.

What is domestic violence? The article discusses 11 common myths about domestic violence. Topics addressed included the signs of domestic violence, causes, and the challenges involved in assisting victims.

30. We Are Family: When Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Hit Home, Jeannie Jennings Beidler, Journal of the American Society on Aging, 2012.

Using a case study, this article details the individual, family, and contextual factors which underlie elder abuse. The practical, legal, financial, and emotional complexities and difficulties encountered in trying to intervene to protect elderly adult family members discussed.

31. Alcohol and Drug Misuse: A Family Affair, Alex Copello, Healthcare Counseling & Psychotherapy Journal, 2010.

What is the best strategy to assist those with drug and alcohol problems? Should we only be concerned with the individual and trying to reduce their risk of physical harm resulting from addiction problem? Or, might a family focused approach be better and more effective? This article discussed three types of family interventions which can be used with substance abusers and their families.

32. Keeping the Promise: Maintaining the Health of Military and Veteran Families and Children, Colonel Stephen J. Cozza, Ron Haskins, and Richard M. Lerner, The Future of Children Journal, 2013.

What are the challenges military personnel and their families face? This policy brief summarizes the research on the effects of deployment, separation, and factors that promote resilience in military families.

33. A Guide in the Darkness, John Leland, The New York Times Magazine, 2013.

Many who struggle to support mentally ill family members face challenges in accessing support and needed services. This article discusses the legal, medical, family, and practical challenges faced by families as they navigate the mental health system in the U.S.

34. From Promise to Promiscuity, Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today, 2012.

Why do spouses cheat? It was once thought that infidelity resulted from deficits in relationship or problems in the marriage. New thinking suggests multiple causes including opportunity, personality, affluence, corporate culture, and brain chemistry.

35. The State of Extramarital Affairs, Melissa Schorr, Boston Globe, 2013.

How do you recover after you’ve learned that your spouse has been unfaithful? Through the story of those attending a support group called the Beyond Affairs Network we learn the stories of those who have been betrayed and what happens after infidelity.

36. International Perspectives on Work-Family Policies: Lessons from the World's Most Competitive Economies, Alison Earle, Zitha Mokomane, and Jody Heymann, The Future of Children Journal, 2011.

Is it incompatible for a country to economically competitive and family friendly in its workplace and leave policies? The authors compare U.S. work-family policies with those in 15 economically competitive nations. Their analyses finds that the United States lags behind the rest of the world in affording benefits such as paid maternity and paternity leave to employees.

37. Behind Every Great Woman, Carol Hymowitz, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012.

More women are climbing the corporate ladder and becoming primary breadwinners in their families. To create work-family balance, husbands often leave their careers to man the home front. What effect does this role reversal have on children, marriages, and families?

38. Exploring the Lived Experiences of Homeless Families with Young Children, Stephanie Hinton and Darlinda Cassel, Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013.

Why do families with young children become homeless? What resources are available to families and how does the experience of being homeless affect young children’s development and well-being?

39. The Coming Special Needs Care Crisis, Michelle Cottle, Newsweek Enterprise, 2012.

Parents of children with special needs experience a host of both daily and long-term challenges in raising their children. This article looks at the experiences of families and costs of caring for the large and growing population of special needs children in the U.S.

40. Family Members’ Informal Roles in End-of-Life Decision Making in Adult Intensive Care Units, Jill R. Quinn, et al., American Journal of Critical Care, 2012.

When a family member is critically ill, there are many decisions to be made. While one person is usually legally designated to make decision, a variety of different family members often are informally involved in end-of-life decisions-making. What roles do they play and how can conflicts be effectively resolved?

41. Why Do Marriages Fail?, Joseph N. Ducanto, American Journal of Family Law, 2013.

A divorce lawyer in practice for 56 years discusses the reasons he believes marriages end and partners decide to formally and legally divorce. What can be done to encourage to partners to recommit and reconnect in their marriages? Or, is marriage dead, as the author suggests?

42. Helping Children Endure Divorce, Marlene Eskind Moses, Tennessee Bar Journal, 2013.

A legal professional considers how divorce influences children. She includes guidelines for parents to help children adjust and adapt when parents decide to legally end their unions.

43. The Effects of Co-Parenting Relationships with Ex-Spouses on Couples in Step-Families, Claire Cartwright and Kerry Gibson, Family Matters, 2013.

What are issues for families when parents re-marry and create step-families? This study looks at the process of family development and co-parenting in families with children where spouses have remarried.

UNIT 5: Families, Now and into the Future

44. The Changing American Family, Natalie Angier, The New York Times, 2013.

Families in the U.S. are becoming more varied in form, structure, and how they function. What does the modern family look like and how is our definition of what a family is changing and evolving as society changes?

45. A Million First Dates: How Online Romance Is Threatening Monogamy, Dan Slater, The Atlantic, 2013.

Are innovations like online dating sites assisting us in connecting and finding life-long partners or just leading to a million first dates which go nowhere? This article explores how online dating is changing patterns of mate selection, relationship formation, and ultimately how we view commitment.

46. Goy Meets Girl, Anna Weaver, U.S. Catholic, 2011.

Interfaith and interchurch marriages are on the increase. This article explores the challenges of unions between Catholics and non-Catholics. The reactions of their families, decisions regarding how to rear their children, and family rituals and celebrations are considered.

47. The Child’s Advocate in Donor Conceptions: The Telling of the Story, Kris A. Probasco, Pediatric Nursing, 2012.

Reproductive technology is changing how children are conceived and families formed. If children are conceived via donor sperm, eggs, or embryos, what are legal considerations? What are children’s rights and what should they know? How should parents handle children’s questions about how they were conceived and about their biological parents?

48. What Kids Learn from Hearing Family Stories, Elaine Reese, The Atlantic, 2013.

Every family has a story. What do children learn from these personal narratives that weave about our lives, experiences, and ancestors?

49. Family Unplugged, Shawn Bean, Parenting School Years, 2011.

Technology has become ever-present force in the lives of families. By unplugging and giving our family a “digital sabbatical,” can we rediscover the simple joys of family activities and face-to-face communication?

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