This text takes an optimistic view of the American family and focuses on family well-being. It incorporates research on family strengths throughout the book, while examining marriage and families from sociological, psychological, and economic perspectives. This book stresses that every individual has the ability to improve his or her intimate relationships.
About the Author
Frank Cox holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught marriage and family courses at Santa Barbara City College since 1962. He is also author of THE AIDS BOOKLET (McGraw Hill)), YOUTH, MARRIAGE AND THE SEDUCTIVE SOCIETY (William C. Brown), AMERICAN MARRIAGE: A CHANGING SCENE (William C. Brown), and other books on marriage and relationships.
Table of Contents1. Building Successful Relationships Through Making Better Decisions. 2. Human Intimacy, Marriage, The Family and Its Meaning: The Basic Assumptions. 3. American Ways of Love. 4. Dating, Sexual Mores, and Mate Selection. 5. Marriage, Intimacy, Expectations and the Fully Functioning Person. 6. Communication in Intimate Relationships. 7. Role Equity: The Converging of the Sexes. 8.The Dual-Worker Family: The Real American Family Revolution. 9. The Importance of Making Sound Economic Decisions. 10. Human Sexuality. 11. Family Planning. 12. Pregnancy and Birth. 13. The Challenge of Parenthood. 14. Family Life Stages: Middle-Age to Surviving Spouse. 15. Family Crises. 16. The Dissolution of Marriage. 17. Remarriage: A Growing Way of American Life. 18. Actively Seeking Marital Growth and Fulfillment. Appendix A. Sexual Anatomy.