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This bestselling text on marriages, families, and relationships combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: 'Making choices in a diverse society.' The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological, or ecological and family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use warmth, humor, and an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and family forms.
Describes family commitments, gender identities, becoming partners, parenting, managing family stress, divorce, etc.
1. Marriage, Relationships, and Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society. 2. Exploring Relationships and Families. 3. American Families in Social Context. 4. Our Gendered Identities. 5. Our Sexual Selves. 6. Love and Choosing a Life Partner. 7. Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship. 8. Living Alone, Cohabiting, Same-Sex Unions, and Other Intimate Relationships. 9. To Parent or Not to Parent. 10. Raising Children in a Diverse Society. 11. Work and Family. 12. Communication in Relationships, Marriages, and Families. 13. Power and Violence in Families. 14. Family Stress, Crisis and Resilience. 15. Divorce: Before and After. 16. Remarriages and Stepfamilies. 17. Aging Families.