This bestselling marriage and family text combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: "Making choices in a diverse society." The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological and ecological or family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use warmth, humor, and an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and marriage and family alternatives.
|Series:||Available Titles CengageNOW Series|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
Table of Contents
Part I: A NEW LOOK AT FAMILIAR WORLDS. 1. Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society. 2. Exploring the Family. 3. American Families in Social Context. Part II: INDIVIDUALS & RELATIONSHIPS. 4. Our Gendered Identities. 5. Loving Ourselves and Others. 6. Our Sexual Selves. Part III: DEFINING YOUR MARRIAGE & FAMILY. 7. Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship. 8. Nonmarital Living Arrangements: Living Alone, Same-Sex Couples, and Other Options. 9. Choosing a Marriage Partner, and the First Years of Marriage. Part IV: EXPERIENCING FAMILY COMMITMENT. 10. To Parent or Not to Parent. 11. Raising Children in a Diverse and Multicultural Society. 12. Work and Family. 13. Communication and Conflict. 14. Power and Violence in Marriages and Families. Part V: FAMILY CHANGE, CRISES, AND RESILIENCE. 15. Family Stress, Crises and Resilience. 16. Divorce: Before and After. 17. Remarriages and Stepfamilies. 18. Aging Families. Appendix A-G (online). Appendix H-I (online).