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Marriages, Families, and Intimate Relationships: A Practical Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Brian K. Williams, Stacey C. Sawyer, Carl M. Wahlstrom

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 8, 2008

Description

This book provides timely, practical, and high-interest information about marriages, families, and intimate relationships, in an engaging format that is easy-to-use and learn from. Feature such as “Popular Culture and the Media,” “Practical Action,” and “Numbers that Matter” help grab and keep readers’ attention.

 

The new edition has been updated to include coverage of important issues, topics, and research from the past few years. Examples of new topics covered include: state abortion law updates, abstinence education controversy, adultolescents, children and the effects of TV watching, foster children, LGBT, living apart together (LAT) couples, post-adoption blues, safe-haven laws pro and con, Web 2.0, and more. 

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

 

 

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Chapter 1 SEEKING: Finding Happiness in Relationships in a Complex World

Chapter 2 UNDERSTANDING: Learning about Intimate Behavior

Chapter 3 GENDER: The Meanings of Masculinity & Femininity

Chapter 4 LOVE: The Many Faces

Chapter 5 INVOLVEMENT: Dating, Pairing, Courtship, & CohabitationChapter

Chapter 6 COMMUNICATION: Realizing Effective Intimacy

Chapter 7 SEXUALITY: Interpersonal Sexuality, Sexual Values, & Behavior

Chapter 8 MARRIAGE: The Ultimate Commitment?

Chapter 9: VARIATIONS Nonmarital Families & Households

Chapter 10 REPRODUCTION: Decisions about Having or Not Having Children

Chapter 11 PARENTING: Children, Families, & Generations

Chapter 12 WORK: Economics, Jobs, & Balancing Family Demands

Chapter 13 CRISES: Managing Stress, Disaster, Violence, & Abuse

Chapter 14 UNCOUPLING: Separation & Divorce

Chapter 15 REMARRIAGE: Reinvented, Renewed, & Blended Families

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

* All Chapters end with Key Terms Used in This Chapter, Summary, and Taking It to the Net


Chapter 1 SEEKING: Finding Happiness in Relationships in a Complex World

1.1 Seeking Happiness through Love & Intimacy

1.2 Intimacy, Marriage, & Family

1.3 The Challenges to Relationships &

Families Today

Self-Assessment: The RELATE and READY Relationship Questionnaires

 

Chapter 2 UNDERSTANDING: Learning about Intimate Behavior

2.1 A Short History of Marriage

2.2 Learning How to Think: Keys to Being Open- Minded

2.3 How Do You Know What’s True? Learning to Evaluate Research Results

2.4 Theoretical Perspectives on the Family

Self-Assessment: Gaining Self-Knowledge from the Harvard Project Implicit Website

 

Chapter 3 GENDER: The Meanings of Masculinity & Femininity

3.1 Understanding Gender & Gender Roles

3.2 Why Do Gender Roles Differ? Some Theories

3.3 Gender Socialization: Who Teaches Us How to Act Male or Female?

3.4 Gender Roles in Transition: Multiple Masculinities & Femininities

Self-Assessment: What’s Your Gender Communications Quotient?

 

Chapter 4 LOVE: The Many Faces

4.1 Can We Define Love?

4.2 The Origins of Love: Some Theories

4.3 The Dark Face of Love: Jealousy, Unrequited Love, & Attempts to Control

4.4 How Can You Tell Whether It’s Meaningful Love?

Self-Assessment: How Capable Are You of Being Intimate?

 

Chapter 5 INVOLVEMENT: Dating, Pairing, Courtship, & Cohabitation

5.1 The Dating Game

5.2 Pairing Up: Finding & Choosing a Partner

5.3 Cohabitation: Living Together as an Unmarried Couple

5.4 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Self-Assessment: How Compatible Are You & Your Prospective Partner?

 

Chapter 6 COMMUNICATION: Realizing Effective Intimacy

6.1 Power & Intimacy

6.2 Conflict & Growth

6.3 The Nature of Communication

Self-Assessment: Accepting Your Partner

 

Chapter 7 SEXUALITY: Interpersonal Sexuality, Sexual Values, & Behavior

7.1 Sexual Values, Learning, & Scripts

7.2 The Varieties of Sexual Experience

7.3 AIDS & Other Sexual Diseases

Self-Assessment: Test Your Knowledge of Sexuality

 

Chapter 8 MARRIAGE: The Ultimate Commitment?

8.1 Why Do People Marry?

8.2 Changes in the Family Life Cycle: Scenes from a Marriage

8.3 Different Kinds of Marriage Relationships

8.4 What Makes for a Successful Marriage?

 

Chapter 9: VARIATIONS Nonmarital Families & Households

9.1 Different Family & Household Relationships

9.2 The Single Way of Life

9.3 The Gay & Lesbian Way of Life

9.4 Communal Living, Group Marriages, & Open Marriages

Self-Assessment: Homophobia Scale

 

Chapter 10 REPRODUCTION: Decisions about Having or Not Having Children

10.1 Having or Not Having Children: Choice or Fate?
10.2 Contraception: Practical Methods of Birth Control

10.3 Abortion & Abandonment 10.4 Infertility, Reproductive Technology, & Adoption

Self-Assessment: How Would You Deal with an Unexpected Pregnancy?

 

Chapter 11 PARENTING: Children, Families, & Generations

11.1 Parenthood: The Varieties of Experience

11.2 Becoming a Parent

11.3 Parenting Approaches

11.4 The Aging Family: When Parents & Children Get Older

Self-Assessment: Assessing Your Readiness to Become a Parent

 

Chapter 12 WORK: Economics, Jobs, & Balancing Family Demands

12.1 Work,Wealth, & Well-Being

12.2 Changing Family Work Patterns

12.3 Balancing Work & Family Demands: Some Practical Strategies

Self-Assessment: How Well Do You Balance Work & Life?

 

Chapter 13 CRISES: Managing Stress, Disaster, Violence, & Abuse

POPULAR CULTURE & THE MEDIA Crises: A Way of Life?

ON THE WEB Dealing with the Ultimate Crisis

13.1 Stresses, Hassles, & Crises: Seeking Hardiness

13.2 Crises & Disasters

13.3 Violence & Abuse: The Dark Side of Intimate Relationships

13.4 Coping Strategies: Successful Ways of Handling Stresses & Crises

Self-Assessment: Major Life Events & Stress

 

Chapter 14 UNCOUPLING: Separation & Divorce

14.1 Separation, Divorce, & Trends

14.2 Why People Divorce

14.3 The Process of Divorce

14.4 The Effects of Divorce

Self-Assessment: How’s Your Marital Adjustment?

 

Chapter 15 REMARRIAGE: Reinvented, Renewed, & Blended Families

15.1 Moving toward Remarriage

15.2 Remarried & Blended Families

15.3 Inside the Blended Family

15.4 Strengthening Stepfamilies

Self-Assessment: Rate Your Family’s Strengths

Purchase Info

ISBN-10: 0-205-52145-2

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-52145-6

Format: Book

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