Centered around the theme of enhancing intimacy,this text offers an overview of how relationships progressfrom dating to marriage to family. The authors provide a steady mix of principles and personal applications to explore this popular social institution,including non-traditional and culturally diverse relationships. The third edition features an enhanced sociological framework and more than 300 new references.
Part One: The Context of Intimacy
1 American Myths and Dreams
Myths About Family Life
Changing Patterns of Intimate Relationships
The Family in Utopia
What Do We Want?
Approach of This Book
2 Diversity in Families
The Variability of Family Life
The Single-Parent Family
The Homosexual Family
Principles for Enhancing Intimacy*
3 Gender Roles: Foundation for Heterosexual Intimacy
Men and Women: How Do They Differ?
Sex, Gender, Gender Role, and Gender Role Orientation
Gender Roles: Nature Or Nurture?
Changing Gender Roles and Orientations
Gender-Role Orientation: What Difference Does It Make?
Gender-Role Orientation and Intimacy
The Meaning of Sex
Sex and Intimate Relationships
Sex in Marriage
Sexual Diseases and Dysfunctions
Part Two: Seeking Intimate Relationships
5 Getting to Know Someone Else
We Are Social Creatures