Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society / Edition 7by Mary Ann Lamanna, Agnes Riedmann
Pub. Date: 08/28/1999
This text, providing an introductory level text on the family unit in all its variations, aims to help students question assumptions and reconcile conflicting ideas and values throughout their lives. An introduction is followed by sections addressing partnership, defining marriage and family, experiencing family commitment, and family changes and crises. Changes to this edition include increased emphasis on children, through the use of informational boxes and text, and updated theory, research, and policy addressing changes in the American family. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Table of ContentsPART ONE: A NEW LOOK AT FAMILIAR WORLDS. 1. FAMILY COMMITMENTS: MAKING CHOICES IN A CHANGING SOCIETY. Defining Family. The Freedom and Pressures of Choosing. Social Influences and Personal Choices. Making Choices. A Family of Individuals. Marriages and Families: Four Themes. 2. EXPLORING THE FAMILY. Theoretical Perspectives on the Family. Studying Families. 3. OUR GENDERED IDENTITIES. Gendered Identities. Is Anatomy Destiny? Gender and Socialization. Gender in Adult Lives. PART TWO: BECOMING PARTNERS. 4. LOVING OURSELVES AND OTHERS. Personal Ties in an Impersonal Society. What is Love? Two Things Love Isn't. Self-Esteem as a Prerequisite to Loving. Love as a Discovery. 5. OUR SEXUAL SELVES. Sexual Development and Orientation. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Sexuality. Negotiating (Hetero)sexual Expression. Sexuality throughout Marriage. Sex as a Pleasure Bond. Sexual Expression and HIV/AIDS. Platform and Pulpit. Sexual Responsibility. 6. BEING SINGLE: ALONE AND WITH OTHERS. Changing Attitudes Toward Marriage and Singlehood. The Variety of Singles. Income and Residential Patterns of Singles. Domestic Arrangements of Singles. Aloneness, Loneliness, and Life Satisfaction. PART THREE: DEFINING YOUR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY. 7. CHOOSING EACH OTHER. Love and Marriage? Courtship in a Free-Choice Society. The Marriage Market. Homogamy: Narrowing the Pool of Eligibles. Marriage: When and Why. 8. MARRIAGE: A UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP. Marriage and Kinship. Five Marriage Relationships. The Marriage Premise. Should Same-Sex Couples Marry? A Matter of Choices throughout Life. Static versus Flexible Marriages. Contracting for Flexibility: A Contradiction? 9. COMMUNICATIONAND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES. Families as Powerful Environments. Conflict and Love. Communication and Couple Satisfaction. Supportive Couple Communication and Conflict Management. Bonding Fights: Some Guidelines. Changing Fighting Habits. The Myth of Conflict-Free Conflict. Family Cohesion. 10. POWER AND VIOLENCE IN MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES. What Is Power? Conjugal Power and Resources. Diversity, and Conjugal Power. Some American Couples. Power Politics versus No-Power Relationships. Family Violence. PART FOUR: EXPERIENCING FAMILY COMMITMENT. 11. TO PARENT OR NOT TO PARENT. Fertility Trends in the United States. The Decision to Parent or Not to Parent. Three Emerging Options. Preventing Pregnancy: History and Issues. Pregnancy outside Marriage. Abortion. Involuntary Infertility. Adoption. 12. PARENTS AND CHILDREN OVER THE LIFE COURSE. Parents in Modern America. Mothers and Fathers: Images and Reality. The Family in an Unpredictable Economy. Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Parenting. Gay Male and Lesbian Parents. Stages of Parenting. The Parenting Process. When Parents and Child Grow Older. Toward Better Parent-Child Relationships. 13. WORK AND FAMILY. The Labor Force: A Social Invention. The Traditional Model: Provider Husbands and Homemaking Wives. Women in the Labor Force. Two-Earner Marriages: Newer Provider-Caregiving Options. Unpaid Family Work. Juggling Employment and Unpaid Family Work. Social Policy, Work, and Family. The Two-Earner Marriage and the Relationship. 14. DIVORCE. Today's High U.S. Divorce Rate. Why More Couples Are Divorcing. Thinking About Divorce: Weighing the Alternatives. Getting the Divorce. The Economic Consequences of Divorce. Her and His Divorce. Forming Families: The Next Generation. Should Divorces be Harder to Get? 15. REMARRIAGES. Remarriage: Some Basic Facts. Choosing Partners the Next Time: Variations on a Theme. Spouses' Happiness and Stability in Remarriage. Remarried Families: A Normless Norm. Stepparenting: A Challenge in Remarriage. Creating Supportive Stepfamilies. 16. MANAGING FAMILY STRESS AND CRISES. What Precipitates a Family Crisis? Family Transitions as Stressors. The Course of a Family Crisis. Theories of Family Crisis and Adaptation. Meeting Crises Creatively. Crisis: Disaster or Opportunity? APPENDICES. Appendix A: Human Sexual Anatomy. Appendix B: Human Sexual Response. Appendix C: Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. Appendix D: High-Tech Fertility. Appendix E: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Appendix F: Sexual Dysfunctions and Therapy. Appendix G: Marriage and Close. Relationship Counseling. Appendix H: Managing a Family Budget.
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