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Each chapter concludes with “Summary,” “Key Topics and Terms,” “Discussion Questions,” and “Further Readings.”
I. UNDERSTANDING MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY.
1. Marriage and Family: Disciplinary and Theoretical Approaches.
Disciplines Involved in Family Study.
Social Science Approach to the Family.
Nature of Research and Theoretical Frames of Reference.
Theories and Frames of Reference.
Appraisal and Expansion of Contemporary Family Theory.
2. Marriage, Family, and Kinship Organization.
Family as a Social Institution.
Families as Groups and Systems.
Characteristics of Marriage, Family, and Kinship Groups.
3. The Family and Other Systems: A Focus on Work.
Relations Between the Family and Other Systems.
Work Roles of Family Members.
II. MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES.
4. U.S. Families: Characteristics, Change and Issues.
Characteristics of U.S. Families.
Today's Families: Significant Changes.
Issues in U.S. Families.
5. African American Families.
African-American Family System.
6. Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American Families.
Hispanic American Family System.
Asian-American Family System.
Native American Family System.
7. Social Class Variations in U.S. Families.
Meaning of Social Class.
Determination of Social Class.
Consequences of Social Class to Families.
Social Categories of Families.
Single Parents andPoverty.
Social Mobility: Changing Family Life Styles.
III. PARTNER SELECTION AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS.
8. Patterns in the Selection of Intimate Partners.
Homogamy and Endogamy in the Selection of Partners.
9. Explanations of Partner Selection.
Arranged Marriage versus Free Choice of Intimate Partners.
Individualistic Explanations of Partner Selection.
Sociocultural Explanations of Partner Selection.
Processes of Status Change: Single to Married.
10. Sexual Norms and Relationships.
Social Regulation of Sexual Relationships.
Biological versus Sociological Approaches to Sexual Behavior.
The Social Dimensions of Sexuality.
Nonmarital Sexual Behavior.
Premarital Sexual Intercourse.
Sex and Marriage.
IV. THE LIFE COURSE OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.
11. The Marital System.
Marriage and Marriage-Like Relationships.
Marriage Trends and Characteristics.
Power in Conjugal and Intimate Relationships.
12. The Parental System.
Transition to Parenthood.
Social Consequences of Parenthood.
Young and Unwed Parenthood.
Family Size and Related Factors.
13. Parent-Child Interaction and Socialization.
Socialization of Parents and Children.
Theories of Socialization Processes.
Socialization in Adolescence and Beyond.
Gender Identity and Sex-Role Socialization.
14. The Aging Family.
Postparental Period: The Middle Years.
Families of Later Life and People who Are Aged.
Common Problems of People who Are Aged.
Socialization in Later Life.
Dying and Death.
Widows and Widowers.
V. FAMILY CRISIS AND SOCIAL POLICY.
15. Family Violence.
Social Stresses on Families.
Violence in Families and Among Intimates.
16. Divorce and Remarriage.
Desertion and Marital Separation.
Divorce Around the World.
Divorce in the United States.
Remarriages and Stepfamilies.
17. Family Social Policy.
Meaning and Use of Family Policy.
Research on Family Policy.
Issues Surrounding Family Policy.
Future of the Family System.
Name Index. @CHAPTER= Subject Index.