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Marriages and Families / Edition 2

Marriages and Families / Edition 2

by Constance L. Shehan
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A realistic, fact-based survey of marriage, intimacy, and family life that offers many insights-and addresses many misconceptions-about modern families in all their variety. Marriages and Families examines the significant and ongoing role of gender in almost every aspect of marriage and family life, including dating, mate selection, sexual activity, husband-wife relations, and parenting. Family therapists, psychologists, sociologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205334360
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 554
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Constance Shehan is the Editor of the Journal of Family Issues and Director of the University of Florida's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations, been certified by the council as a Family Life Educator, and has received court-certified training to be a family mediator and a child advocate. At the University of Florida, she has served as President pro tempore of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty, president of the Association for Women Faculty, and as director of the Center for Women's Studies. Dr. Shehan is also is editor of the book Through The Eyes of a Child: Re-Visioning Children as Active Agents of Family Life (JAI Press, 1999).

Table of Contents

All chapters end with “Summary,” “Key Terms,” “Further Reading,” “Review Questions,” and “Critical Thinking Questions.”


1. Changing Families: Thriving Through Diversity.

A Statistical Overview of Changing Families.

Types of Households and Living Arrangements.

Re-Examining the Definition of Family.

Families and Social Change.

A Research-Based View of Marriage and Family Life.

2. Knowledge about Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships: Common Sense or Science?

Using Science to Understand Human Behavior.

Types of Data Collection.

Social Theories.

The Special Importance of Gender.

3. The Continuing Significance of Gender.

Gender Stereotypes.

Sex and Gender.

The Influence on Biology.

The Influence of the Social Environment.

The Impact of Gender on Everyday Life.


4. The Search for Love: Dating and Relationship Formation.@AHEADS = What is Dating?

Changing Models of Partner Selection.

Meeting Partners Today.

Gender Roles and Dating Rituals.

Dating Problems and Perils.

Falling in Love.

Breaking Up.

Still Single: Unmarried and Unpartnered.

5. Making A Commitment: Legal Marriage, Heterosexual Cohabitation, and Homosexual Partnerships.

The Continuing Significance of Legal Marriage.

Commitment and Non-Marital Heterosexual Cohabitaton.

Commitment Among Gay and Lesbian Couples.

6. Sexual Involvement Over the Life Course.

The Sexual Revolution.

The Changing Association between Sex and Marriage.

The Importance of Sex in Marriage.

Sex, Consent and Desire.

Sexual Orientation.


7. Conflict, Communication and Relationship Quality.

Methods Used to Study Intimate Conflict and Communication.

Defining Marital Quality.

Power and Decision Making in Intimate Partnerships.

Conflict in Intimate Partnerships.

Communication in Intimate Partnerships.

8. Violence and Abuse.

Defining Intimate Violence.

Cross Cultural Perspectives on Intimate Violence.

Family Violence in the United States.

Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

Intergenerational Violence.

The Sexual Abuse of Children.

Family Violence between Siblings.

Abuse of Elderly Family Members.


9. Parenting Desires and Decisions.

Childbearing Trends in the United States.

The Decision to have Children.

Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Voluntarily Child-Free Couples and Individuals.

Contraception and Abortion.



10. Childrearing.

The History of Childhood.

Childhood in Modern Times.

Contemporary Childrearing.

Parent-Child Interaction and Socialization.

Gender and Parenting.

Child Care Services.

Parents and Adolescents.

How Well Are Parents Doing in Childrearing?

11. Parents and Children in the Middle and Later Years.

Parents and Children in the Launching Stage.

The Middle-Age Couple as a “Generational Bridge.”

Marital Life in Middle and Later Ages.

The Elderly and Family Relationships.



12. Violence and Abuse.

Violence, Abuse, and Mistreatment in Families.

Family Violence across Cultures and Societies.

Family Violence in the United States.

Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

The Sexual Abuse of Children.

Family Violence between Siblings.

Abuse of Elderly Family Members.

Is Family Violence Declining?

13. Separation and Divorce.

Societal Controls of Ending Marriages.

Measures of Divorce.

Divorce Rates in the United States.

Factors Associated with Divorce.

The Divorce Experience.

The Effects of Divorce on Children.

Child Custody.

14. Life After Divorce.

The Aftermath of Divorce.

New Relationships and Remarriage.

15. Responses to Family Problems: Family Policy and Professional Counseling.

Family Policies.

Family Policy Issues and Controversies.

Marriage and Family Counseling.

The Profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Appendix A. Your Body.

Appendix B. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Appendix C. Contraception.

Appendix D. If Contraception Fails.

Appendix E. Premarital Agreement.

Appendix F. Resources and Organizations.

Appendix G. Internet Exercises.

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