Exploring Marriages and Families

ISBN-10: 0205717799
ISBN-13: 9780205717798
Edition: 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Karen Seccombe
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List price: $95.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 12/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

This textbook uses compelling real-life video interviews, stories, and photos to help connect social theory to reality. Readers learn how social, cultural, and political factors will affect their own decision making in relationships.

Karen Seccombe is a professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. in sociology at California State University, Chico, her M.S.W. in health and social welfare policy from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Her research focuses on poverty, welfare, access to health care, And The effects of social inequality on families. She is the author of Marriage and Family: You and Society (Pearson); "So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?": Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and its Reform, 3rd edition (Allyn and Bacon); Families in Poverty (Allyn and Bacon); Just Don't Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), and Marriages and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca L. Warner (Wadsworth). She is a National Council on Family Relations fellow, and a member of the American Sociological Association, And The Pacific Sociological Association, where she has held elective offices. Karen lives in Portland with her husband Richard, a health economist, her ten-year-old daughter, Natalie Rose, and her eight-year-old daughter, Olivia Lin. in her spare time she enjoys hiking near their cabin in the Oregon Cascades, walking the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, exploring the kid-friendly playgrounds, attractions, and restaurants in Portland and surrounding areas, and traveling just about anywherendash;the San Juan Islands are high on her list.

In This Section
Brief Table of Contents
Comprehensive Table of Contents
Brief Table of Contents
Why Study Families and Other Close Relationships?
Social Status: Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Building Relationships
Love and Loving Relationships
Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships
Communication, Conflict, and Power in Our Relationships
Marriage
Thinking about Parenthood
Raising Children
Families and the Work They Do
Family Stress and Crisis: Violence among Intimates
The Process of Divorce
Family Life, Partnering, and Remarriage after Divorce
Families in Middle and Later Life
Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish
Comprehensive Table of Contents
Families and Intimate Relationships: Key Concepts
Why Study Families and Other Close Relationships?
How Do We Define Family?
The Functions of Families
Theme 1: Linking the Micro- and Macro-Level Perspectives on Families
Theme 2: Families are Always Changing
Theme 3: the Importance of Social Science Theory and Research
Bringing It Full Circle
Social Status: Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
The Link between Private Experiences and Social Structure
Sex, Gender, and Patriarchy
Race and Ethnicity
Social Class
Poverty
The Intersections of Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class
Bringing It Full Circle
The Foundations of Relationships
Building Relationships
Singlehood
Friendships
Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection
Heterosexual Cohabitation
Gay and Lesbian Intimate Relationships
Bringing It Full Circle
Love and Loving Relationships
What Is Love?
Love as Attachment
Images of Love in History
Contemporary Ideas about Love
Theoretical Perspectives on Love
How We Experience Love
The Downside to Relationships and Love
Bringing It Full Circle
Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships
Overview of Historical and Cultural Influences on Sexuality
Our Sexual Selves: Biology and Culture Intertwined
Sexual Scripts
Gender and Sexual Scripts: the Double Standard
Studying Human Sexuality
Sexual Behaviors
Sexual Expression throughout Our Lives
Sexual Satisfaction in Committed Relationships
Sex as a Social Problem: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Bringing It Full Circle
Communication, Conflict, and Power in Our Relationships
The Importance of Communication
The Cultural Context of Communication: Embracing Difference
Types of Communication
Sex Differences in Communication
Communicating to Keep Your Relationships Strong: Self-Disclosure
Conflict, Communication, and Problem Solving
Power, Control, and Decision Making
Bringing It Full Circle
Marriage
Marriage: Here, There, and Everywhere
Marriage in U.S. History
What Is Happening to Marriage Today?
The Marriage Premium: Happiness, Health, and Economic Security
Does Marriage Benefit Everyone Equally?
Marital Satisfaction and Success
The Marriage Movement and Covenant Marriage
Peer Marriage
Bringing It Full Circle
Parents and their Children
Thinking about Parenthood
Population and Fertility Trends Worldwide
Fertility in the United States
The Costs and Rewards of Raising Children
Remaining Childfree
The Interconnection of Micro and Macro: Childbirth
Other Paths to Parenthood: Adoption
The Transition to Parenthood
Bringing It Full Circle
Raising Children
Parenting: It's Not the Same Everywhere
Socialization: Learning to be Human
Parenting Styles
Mothering
Fathering
How Do Children Influence their Parents?
Parenting and Family Contexts
Bringing It Full Circle
Families and the Work They Do
The Changing Dynamics of the Workplace
Life in a Recession
Family Work At Home
Juggling Work and Family Life
Diversity in Families: Why We Chose to Live in Hungary
Who's Minding the Kids?
Bringing it Full Circle
Family Strengths, Challenges, and Reorganization
Family Stress and Crisis: Violence among Intimates
The Nature of Stress and Crisis
Intimate Partner Violence
Child Abuse and Neglect
Elder Abuse
Explanations for Violence among Intimates
The Public's Response
Bringing It Full Circle
The Process of Divorce
Divorce in the United States
Why Do People Divorce?
Experiencing Divorce
Divorce and Children: Child Support
What Are the Effects of Divorce on Children?
Should Divorce Be More Difficult to Obtain?
The "Good Divorce"
Bringing It Full Circle
Family Life, Partnering, and Remarriage after Divorce
Being Single Again
RePartnering after Divorce
Remarriage
Stepfamilies
Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamilies
Bringing It Full Circle
Families in Middle and Later Life
The Demographic Revolution
Aging in Historical Perspective
Family Transitions
The Aging Couple
Widowhood
Grandparents and Their Grandchildren
Retirement
Health
Bringing It Full Circle
Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish
What Do Families Need to Flourish?
Family Policy
Building Resilience: General Policies and Programs to Support Families
Specific Policies and Programs for Children
Specific Policies and Programs for the Elderly
What Have We Learned?
Bringing It Full Circle

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