Marriages, Families, and Intimate Relationships / Edition 3

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This book provides timely, practical, and high-interest information about marriages, families, and intimate relationships, in an engaging format that is easy to use and learn from. Marriages, Families, & Intimate Relationships: A Practical Introduction discusses fundamental concepts and insights from across the social sciences. It also attempts to engage students with high- interest, useful information and to answer the questions that matter greatly to them. A better teaching and learning experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience-for you and your students. Here's how: - Personalize Learning - MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. - Improve Critical Thinking - Questions and self-assessment help students think critically about content, engage in class discussions, and make connections to their personal lives. - Engage Students - Student-focused features and a visually appealing design keep students interested. - Explore Theory - High-interest information combined with the most current research provides a sociological focus to the text. - Support Instructors - MySocLab enables instructors to assess student progress and adapt course material to meet the specific needs of the class.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I have taught this course for nine years and had not found a book this engaging. When I started reading the chapters, I wanted to continue reading. The material is presented in a balanced and fair manner, without the usual bias or slanted presentations common to marriage and family introductory texts. . . . This text includes a balance of theory, research, and practical applications. Students will have a much richer understanding of the contemporary family after reading this text.”

—Bill C. Greenvalt, Western Kentucky University

“[T]he reading material was enjoyable, thorough, and academic. I work in an environment in which the majority of my students are either minority students or students who do not have English as a first language. I believe that the materials . . . presented in the text would not only be understandable to my students but would also be an asset to their understanding of my own lectures and presentation material.”

—Richard Fraser, California State University, Los Angeles

“[My students] find it interesting and easy to read. . . . They really liked the references to today’s pop culture. Several of them commented they planned on keeping this text for future reference and to share with family and friends. I will be looking forward to the second edition.”

—Bobbie Brannon, Catawba Valley Community College

“I have found that the text is very readable and does engage the student in the subject matter. Students do find the Self-Assessments useful. Also, the textbook works well for a number of teaching and learning styles. I have used the book in both a lecture/discussion course and in a self-paced mastery-based course using the Keller model of student learning.”

—C. Stephen Glennon, Iowa Western Community College

“The text is written in a manner that is easy for students to understand without being condescending. The material presented in the text is engaging, and the plethora of side projects (like the Practical Action boxes and the Learning Lab section) help generate interest in the subject. . . . It is a text I would use in future family classes.”

Vondora Wilson-Corzen, Suffolk Community College

“I liked very much the Popular Culture and the Media input. I think this will be eye-catching and appeal very much to students. Students [who] are very media savvy will relate well to this. The Practical Action boxes seemed also to be very effective. Students like ‘how-to’ and self-study quizzes and materials, and will enjoy using these things. . . . The use of global comparisons, multi-ethnic, multi-class [examples] is useful for critical thinking applications. I think this book is very current and very useful.”

—Linda Green, Normandale Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205878864
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 680
  • File size: 39 MB
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Meet the Author

Brian K. Williams is married to Stacey Sawyer, and they live near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and share an avid interest in seeing college students become well educated. Over the past two decades, they have individually or together authored more than 26 books in such subjects as health, college success, information technology, and business. Brian, for instance, has coauthored three introductory textbooks in health; several books in computing; and, with Carl Wahlstrom, six books in college success.

He has been Managing Editor for college textbook publisher Harper & Row/Canfield Press in San Francisco; Editor in Chief for trade book publisher J. P. Tarcher in Los Angeles; Publications & Communications Manager for the University of California, Systemwide Administration, in Berkeley; and an independent writer and book producer based in the San Francisco and Lake Tahoe areas. He has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University.

Stacey C. Sawyer, formerly Director of Founder’s Clinic, a women’s reproductive health and family planning clinic in Columbus, Ohio, is an independent writer and book producer who has been based in the San Francisco and Lake Tahoe areas.

She has taught at Ohio State University and been a manager for Brooks/Cole Publishing Company in Monterey, California. She has a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan and the University of Freiburg, Germany, and an M.A. from Middlebury College and the University of Mainz, Germany. Stacey is coauthor of Computers, Communications, & Information, a college textbook in print for 15 years. She and husband Brian Williams also cowrote Using Information Technology, now in its tenth edition, and Business: A Practical Introduction, just published in its first edition.

Carl M. Wahlstrom is Professor of Intermediate Studies and Sociology at Genesee Community College, Batavia, New York, and is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He has taught courses in marriage and the family, human development, learning strategies, sociology, psychology, human relations, and college success.

In 2007, he was designated a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor (the highest recognition SUNY can bestow on its faculty). He has also been the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, the National Freshman Advocate Award, and several other teaching honors. Carl has a B.S. in Sociology and an M.S. Ed. in Counselor Education from SUNY Brockport and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Bridgeport. He is an active presenter and educational consultant. With Brian Williams he is coauthor of Learning Success, The Practical Student, The Urban Student, The Commuter Student, The Successful Distance Learning Student, and College to Career. He lives with his wife, Nancy, an employee benefits consultant, in the Finger Lakes area of New York.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: SEEKING: Finding Happiness in Relationships in a Complex World

Chapter 2: UNDERSTANDING: Learning about Intimate Behavior

Chapter 3: GENDER: The Meanings of Masculinity & Femininity

Chapter 4: INVOLVEMENT: Dating, Pairing, & Courtship

Chapter 5: LOVE: The Many Faces

Chapter 6: COMMUNICATION: Realizing Effective Intimacy

Chapter 7: SEXUALITY: Interpersonal Sexuality, Sexual Values, & Behavior

Chapter 8: MARRIAGE: The Ultimate Commitment?

Chapter 9: VARIATIONS: Nonmarital Families & Households

Chapter 10: REPRODUCTION: Decisions about Having or Not Having Children

Chapter 11: PARENTING: Children, Families, & Generations

Chapter 12: WORK: Economics, Jobs, & Balancing Family Demands

Chapter 13: CRISES: Managing Stress, Disaster, Violence, & Abuse

Chapter 14: UNCOUPLING: Separation & Divorce

Chapter 15: REMARRIAGE: Renewed & Blended Families


  1. Human Sexual Response
  2. Sexual Dysfunctions
  3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  4. Reducing Risks of Acquiring STDs
  5. Contraceptive Choices
  6. Abortion
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