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Overview

This classic text, written by a father-and-son team, looks at the nuclear family as a social institution and provides guidance for interaction and adjustment during dating, engagement, and early marriage. The authors treat such practical matters as communicating, working through interpersonal differences, and growing in relationships within the family. They also discuss the impact of cultural expectations on family patterns and define ideal family roles developed in Scripture. Other topics covered include parenting, extended family relationships, finances, and nontraditional families. Now available in paperback.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801036170
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,102,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cleveland McDonald (PhD, Ohio State University) taught sociology at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, for many years and also served as a pastor and missionary.

His son, Philip M. McDonald (PhD, Michigan State University), earned his doctorate in international education at the Institute for International Studies in Education, Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition 13
Preface to the First Edition 15
Acknowledgments 17
1 Culture and the Secular Family 21
2 Culture and the Christian Family 33
3 Cultural Influences 49
4 Christian Role Concepts 61
5 Spiritual Maturity 79
6 Romantic Love 93
7 Dating 109
8 The Engagement, Wedding, and Honeymoon 127
9 Communication in Marriage 147
10 Intimacy in Marriage 161
11 The Extended Family 179
12 Christian Parenthood 191
13 Stewardship and Budgeting 211
14 Major Purchases and Investments 235
15 The Single Life 255
16 The Single-Parent Family 271
17 The Blended Family 283
18 Counseling for Family Problems 301
19 International Living 315
20 Trends in the American Family 327
Bibliography 343
Index 353
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