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Family Life Now: A Conversation About Marriages, Families, and Relationships, 1/E

Kelly Welch, Kansas State University
ISBN: 0205398642

 

A candid and scholarly conversation about families and family life.

 

We are all products of our families of origin. How that influences who we are and who we become is a central theme woven throughout Family Life Now. This text combines the personal touch and scholarly expertise of an outstanding teacher to explore the ways that family members and intimate partners interact, and how families adapt to stresses, changes and everyday challenges.

About the Cover – “Family Affair” by Julie Frith

Virginia Satir (1917-1988), a pioneer in the field of family therapy, used the metaphor of a mobile to explain that families are systems—sets of interconnected parts. When one element of a mobile is disrupted, it affects the balance and movement of the rest of the structure. In family life, disruption and change is inevitable. Each event—marriage and divorce; birth and death; a new job or home; loss of love or physical health; the transition from one life stage to another—sets off a response that will affect every member within the family system.

About the Author

Kelly Welch teaches in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. She is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), and her teaching background includes human development and sexuality, as well as marriage and family. For over 10 years, she has consistently taught the Family Relationships course and the introductory human growth and development course.

 She is a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, and nominations for the United States Professor of the Year and the United States Distance Educator of the Year.  These teaching awards and nominations recognize her distinct, innovative, and energetic teaching style– a style students say puts them “on the edge of their seats.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205523344
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/24/2007
  • Series: MyFamilyLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Shea Welch teaches in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.  A native of Kansas, she received her Ph.D. in Family Studies at Kansas State University after working for many years as a doula, a professional birth attendant who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to the childbearing woman and her partner.  Still today her research interests marry women’s health issues with family studies.  Over the past 10 years, she has taught the large, introductory human growth and development course which enrolls a little more than 1,000 students per semester.  The author of the interactive learning CD Roms, Development: Journey of a Lifetime, and Development: Journey through Childhood and Adolescence, she recognizes and emphasizes the value of active and learner-centered pedagogy that allows students to organize, integrate, and generate knowledge.  In addition to teaching the human growth and development course, she also teaches the Family Relationships class that enrolls approximately 300 students each semester.  She is a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, and nominations for the United States Professor of the Year and the United States Distance Educator of the Year.  These teaching awards and nominations recognize her distinct, innovative, and energetic teaching style—students consistently indicate that this unique teaching style puts them “on the edge” of their seats and holds their attention.

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

1)  Family Life Now: A Conversation

2)  Family Contexts:  The Many Areas of Family Life

3)  Understanding the Family through Research and Theory

4)  Family Communication:  Meanings, Methods, and Messages

5)  Gender in Contemporary Society

6)  The Experiences of Relational Intimacy

7)  Love and Loving

8)  The Path to Commitment:  Attraction, Dating, and Partnering

9) Coupling: From Singlehood to Marriage

10)  Sex and Sexuality

11)  The Choice and Challenge of Childbearing

12)  Parenting:  Choices, Challenges, and Changes

13)  Family Change:  Stress, Crisis, and Transition

14)  Uncoupling:  Conflict, Relationship Deterioration, and Divorce

15)  Rebuilding:  Family Life Following Divorce

16)  Family Life and Aging

 Full Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1:  Family Life Now

STUDYING MARITAL AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

UNDERSTANDING TODAY’S FAMILIES

UNDERSTANDING MARRIAGE

FAMILY INTERACTIONS AND YOU

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

 

CHAPTER 2:  Family Contexts: The Many Facets of Family Life

FAMILY CONTEXTS: AN INTRODUCTION

THE ECONOMIC CONTEXT

THE RELIGIOUS CONTEXT

THE GOVERNMENT CONTEXT: FAMILY POLICY AND FAMILY LIFE

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

CHAPTER 3:  Understanding Families through Research and Theory

UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES THROUGH RESEARCH

UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES THROUGH THEORY

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

CHAPTER 4:  Family Communication andConflict 

THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS

TYPES OF COMMUNICATION

CONFLICT IN RELATIONSHIPS

CORNERSTONES OF COMMUNICATION

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

 

CHAPTER 5:  Gender in Today’s Society

THE BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF GENDER

THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES OF GENDER

GENDER AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

 

CHAPTER 6:  Intimacy:  Developing and Experiencing Affectionate Bonds

INTIMACY: DO WE HAVE A NEED TO RELATE TO OTHERS?

DEVELOPING INTIMACY

OBSTACLES TO INTIMACY

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

CHAPTER 7:  Love and Loving

LOVE IS A CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL EXPERIENCE

WHAT IS LOVE?

DEVELOPING LOVE

THEORIES OF LOVE AND LOVING

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

 

Chapter 8:  The Path to Commitment:  Attraction, Dating, and Partnering “FRISKY BUSINESS”: INTERPERSONAL ATTRACTION THEORIES

THE PATH TO COMMITMENT

NONMARITAL COHABITATION

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

Chapter 9:  Coupling: From Singlehood to Marriage

BEING SINGLE

THE ACT OF MARRIAGE

THE TRANSITION TO MARRIAGE: WHY IT’S SO TOUGH   

MARITAL SATISFACTION

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

 

Chapter 10: You, Sex, and Sexuality

CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SEXUALITY

BIOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SEXUALITY

UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL RESPONSES IN WOMEN AND MEN

SEX IN MARRIAGE

NONMARITAL SEX

OTHER KINDS OF SEX

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

Chapter 11:  The Choices and Challenges of Childbearing

 CHILDBEARING IN AMERICA: BECOMING PARENTS

HOW WE REPRODUCE

THE CHANGES THROUGH PREGNANCY

LABOR AND BIRTH

UNEXPECTED OUTCOMES

PROTECTING YOUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: UNDERSTANDING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

 

Chapter 12:  Parenting: Choices, Challenges, and Changes

 PARENTHOOD: A FAMILY IS BORN

THE CHOICES

THE CHALLENGES

THE CHANGES

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY 

Chapter 13:  Uncoupling: Relationship Deterioration and Divorce

 UNCOUPLING

EMOTIONALLY ENDING THE MARRIAGE

LEGALLY ENDING THE MARRIAGE: THE FORMAL DIVORCE

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

Chapter 14:  Rebuilding: Family Life Following Divorce

THE AFTERMATH OF DIVORCE:  TRANSITIONS

CHALLENGES FOR SINGLE PARENTS

TRANSITIONS TO REPARTNERING

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

Chapter 15:  Family Change: Stress, Crisis, and Transition

FAMILY CHANGE

FAMILY CRISIS

FAMILY VIOLENCE

FAMILY COPING AND RESILIENCE

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

Chapter 16:  Family Life and Aging

AGING AND THE AGED

FAMILY TIES THROUGH AGING

FAMILY CHANGES TOWARD THE END OF LIFE

DYING and DEATH EXPERIENCES

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

SUMMARY

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