Gr 9 Up-This well-written and accessible encyclopedia examines family life in the United States. An introductory piece points out the importance of the family unit in our culture and the multitude of issues that confront it in modern society. The articles range from 250-word entries on court cases, persons, and definitions to 4000-word essays on 18 "core subjects," such as "Aging and elderly care," "Art and iconography," "Child rearing," "Childhood history," "Family: concept and history," "Love," "Marriage," "Sexuality and sexual taboos," and "Work." Ninety-six shorter essays include titles such as "Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)," "Adoption," "Birth control," "Child abuse," "Dating," "Divorce," "Poverty," "Schools," "Step families," and "Teen mothers." The articles concerning individuals, organizations, laws, and court cases have pertinent ready-reference information highlighted at the beginning. More than half of the articles have bibliographies and all have see-also references. Black-and-white photographs, charts, and tables appear throughout. The final volume contains a range of helpful material including important legislation and court decisions, an extensive list of support groups and their addresses, a select bibliography, a list of entries categorized under 28 subject headings, and an index to the whole set. Much of this information is of interest to today's young people not only for reports but also for their personal growth.- Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
This five-volume set presents the full range of family issues that confront modern society in Canada and the United States. The 452 alphabetically arranged essays define terms, discuss controversies, and cover topics such as historical trends and events, health concerns, laws, court cases, people, and organizations. Entries range from 250 to 4,000 words--over half are 1,500 words or longer. Each one opens with a few lines that identify the most relevant issues and summarize the topic's significance to family life in general. Volume V contains the index as well as a list of subjects by category. Contains many b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.