A introductory text describing changes in intimate relationships over the life span, with sections on social and psychological perspectives, the nature of intimate relationships, marriage and family relationships, the family as a unit, and conflict in marriage. Discussions photos emphasize diversity, and boxed readings present research findings and family issues. Much information is presented in the context of personal narrative, cases, and interviews. Includes key terms and concepts, and a glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
PrefacePART I. SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES: COGNITION AND CHALLENGE Chapter 1. Intimate Relationships, Marriages, and Families in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 2. Family Backgrounds and How They Influence Us Chapter 3. Cultural and Ethnic Differences in Families PART II. INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS: CHOICES AND CHANGE Chapter 4. Being Single Chapter 5. Dating, Going Together, and Courtship Chapter 6. Attraction and Love Chapter 7. Gender: Identity and Roles Chapter 8. The Sexual Basis of Relationships Chapter 9. Mate Selection, Nonmarital Cohabitation, and Transition to Marriage PART III. MARRIAGES AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: CHALLENGES AND COMMITMENT Chapter 10. Qualities of Successful Marriages Chapter 11. Marital Relationships Over The Family Life Cycle Chapter 12. Work, Family Roles, and Material Resources Chapter 13. Companionship in and Outside the Family Chapter 14. Power, Decision Making, and Communication PART IV. PARENTHOOD: COGNITION AND CHANGE (and more...)