Families In America

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There is little doubt that the American family has changed from colonial times to the present. But what have those changes been? How have family dynamics shifted to deal with the countless new looks of the American Family? In Families in America, author Jeffrey Scott Turner has written a current and complete work that will be of great interest to general audiences as well as students of psychology and sociology.

This work sheds light on everything from multicultural family ...

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Overview

There is little doubt that the American family has changed from colonial times to the present. But what have those changes been? How have family dynamics shifted to deal with the countless new looks of the American Family? In Families in America, author Jeffrey Scott Turner has written a current and complete work that will be of great interest to general audiences as well as students of psychology and sociology.

This work sheds light on everything from multicultural family variations and reproductive technologies to families of divorce and blended families. The book is bolstered by chapters that cite recent and important books on family life, as well as a listing of educational videotapes on family life in America.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Students or teachers who seek current information about families will find ample factual data clearly presented in this comprehensive book on family life in the United States. Recommended."

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The Book Report

"… provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse modern-day family in one compact package … A detailed table of contents, complete subject index, and glossary make this unique reference tool simple to navigate and a pleasure to use. This handbook is highly recommended for public and all levels of academic libraries.'

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American Reference Books Annual

"… well suited to such a variety of people seeking an introduction to the evolving challenges American families meet … Some of the great strengths of the book lie in the expansive resource lists … This volume would be useful in public, academic, and high school libraries as a concise, highly readable introduction to the American family."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"…does an excellent job of framing the issues…indeed well suited to such a variety of people seeking an introduction to the evolving challenges American families meet…This volume would be useful in public, academic, and high school libraries as a concise, highly readable introduction to the American family."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

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For college and high school students and general readers, Turner (human development and family studies, Mitchell College, New London, Connecticut) surveys a number of topics relating to families in the US. He considers the history and scope of American families, the diversity of family life, and issues and controversies; and provides a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and statistics, lists of agencies and organizations and print and nonprint resources, and a glossary without pronunciation guides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076286
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/22/2002
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 History and Scope of American Families 1
Colonial America 1
The Industrial Revolution 3
The Sexual Revolution 5
Contemporary Families 6
2 Exploring the Diversity of Family Life 15
Variations in Family Structure and Composition 15
Multicultural Family Variations 20
3 Family Issues and Controversies 33
Family Planning 34
Contemporary Parenthood 45
Work and Family Life 54
Single-Parent Families 64
Families with Physical Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses 71
Gay and Lesbian Families 79
Caring for Aging Family Members 86
Families of Divorce 94
Remarried Families 102
Abusive Family Relationships 109
4 Chronology 127
5 Biographical Sketches 137
Gordon Allport (1897-1967) 137
Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917-) 138
Robert N. Butler (1927-) 139
Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980) 139
Erik H. Erikson (1902-1994) 140
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) 141
Erich Fromm (1900-1980) 142
Ellen Galinsky (1942-) 142
Arnold L. Gesell (1880-1961) 144
Roger Gould (1935-) 145
Jay Haley (1931-) 145
Harry F. Harlow (1905-1981) 146
Robert J. Havighurst (1900-1991) 148
Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) 148
Don Jackson (1920-1968) 149
Alfred C. Kinsey (1894-1956) 150
Daniel Levinson (1920-) 151
William H. Masters (1915-) and Virginia E. Johnson (1925-) 152
George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) 154
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) 155
Carl R. Rogers (1902-1987) 155
Margaret Sanger (1883-1966) 156
Virginia Satir (1916-1988) 157
Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) 158
6 Facts and Statistics 159
7 Agencies and Organizations 185
8 Print Resources 223
9 Nonprint Resources 277
Videos 277
Web Resources 305
Internet Search Engines 327
Glossary 329
Index 333
About the Author 351
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