Human Intimacy Marriage, the Family, and Its Meaning (with InfoTrac)

ISBN-10: 0534625320

ISBN-13: 9780534625320

Edition: 10th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Frank D. Cox
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Description: MARRIAGE, THE FAMILY, AND ITS MEANING, 10th Edition takes a positive view of the family and looks for characteristics that all successful families possess.

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List price: $138.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/16/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.706
Language: English

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.

Preface
Human Intimacy in the Brave New World of Family Diversity
Building Successful Relationships
Qualities of Strong and Resilient Families: An Overview
Can We Study Intimacy?
Optimism versus Pessimism
Making Decisions That Lead to a Fulfilling Life
Logic and Emotion in Decision Making
Decision-Making Steps
The Gift of Choosing
Theoretical Approaches to Family Study
Methods of Study
The Experiment
The Survey
The Clinical Method
Natural or Field Observation
Highlight: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Delinquency Data
Group versus Individual Data
Strengthening the Family
Human Intimacy, Relationships, Marriage, and the Family
Family: The Basic Unit of Human Organization
Family Functions
The American Family: Many Structures and Much Change
Families Around the World: China: Families and Government Policy
Change within Continuity and Uniqueness within Commonality
Highlight: The Family Riddle
Highlight: Tricky Statistics: Cohabitation and Rejection of Marriage
Family: A Buffer against Mental and Physical Illnesses
The Need for Intimacy
Highlight: Why Do We Avoid Intimacy?
The Family as Interpreter of Society
Unique Characteristics of the American Family
Highlight: What the Research Says
Family: The Consuming Unit of the American Economy
American Families: A Great Diversity of Types
African American Families
Hispanic Families
Asian American Families
The American Indian and Alaska Native Population
Debate the Issues: Should Our Society Recognize Gay Marriages?
American Ways of Love
The American Myth: Romantic Love Should Always Lead to Marriage
Defining Love
Highlight: Love Is...
Theories of Love
Romantic Love
Making Decisions: Are You a Romantic or a Realist?
Infatuation
Loving and Liking
The Double Cross
What Research Tells Us: Love and Friendship
Love Is What You Make It
Highlight: Gender Differences in Love
Love in Strong Families: Appreciation and Respect
Learning to Love
Actions and Attitudes
Developmental Stages in Learning to Love
Love over Time: From Passionate to Companionate Love
Highlight: Love and the Loss of One's Self-Identity
Love's Oft-Found Companion: Jealousy
Debate the Issues: Are Love and Marriage Good for You?
Gender Convergence and Role Equity
Male = Masculine and Female = Feminine: Not Necessarily So
Norms and Roles
How Sex and Gender Identity Develop
Biological Contributions
Environmental Contributions
Gender Differences
Highlight: The Xanith of Oman
Role Equity
What Research Tells Us: Stereotypical Sex-Role Differences Compared with Research Findings
Traditional Gender Roles
Changing Male and Female Roles
Women and the Law
Families Around the World: The Dani of Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea)
Highlight: "Firsts" for Women in the Past Three Decades
Gender-Role Stereotypes
The Movement toward Gender Equality
Highlight: Men as the Oppressed Sex
Debate the Issues: Can We Create Gender-Neutral Children?
Communications in Intimate Relationships
Good Communication: A Basic Strength of Successful Families
What Causes Communication Failure?
Aversive Communication
Communication Can Be Used for Good and Bad Purposes
The Foundation Blocks of Successful Communication
Commitment
Growth Orientation
Noncoercive Atmosphere
Developing a Smooth Flow of Communication
Communication Skills
Identifying Problem Ownership
Self-Assertion
Making Decisions: You-, I-, and We-Statements
Empathic Listening
Negotiating
Problem Solving
Men and Women: Do They Speak the Same Language?
Highlight: How Men and Women Can Communicate Better in Intimate Relationships
Communication and Family Conflict
Anger
Over What Topics Do Couples Conflict?
Family Life in the Information Age
Debate the Issues: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?
Dating, Single Life, and Mate Selection
Premarital American Dating
Why Do We Date?
Premartial Dataing Patterns
College Dating: Hanging Out, Hooking Up, Joined at the Hip
Dating and Extended Singleness
What Research Tells Us: Women and Singleness
What Research Tells Us: Singles in America
Changing Sexual Mores
Deciding for Yourself
Freedom of Choice and Sexual Health
Possible Problems Associated with Premarital Sexual Relations
Highlight: Dawn and Nonmarital Pregnancy
Making Decisions: Is My Sexual Behavuior Healthy?
Date Rape and Courship Violence
Cohabitation: Unmarried-Couple Households
The Nature of Cohabiting Relationships
Is the Woman Exploited in Cohabitation?
The Relationship between Cohabitation and Marriage
What Research Tells Us: Children and Cohabitation
Breaking Up
Living Together and the Law
Making Decisions: Questions for Couples Contemplating Living Together
Finding the One and Only: Mate Selection
Background Factors
Individual Traits
Interactional Processes
From First Impressions to Engagement
Engagement
Types of Engagements
Functions of Engagement
Debate the Issues: Does Sex Education Prevent Pregnancy or Encourage Promiscuity?
Marriage, Intimacy, Expectations, and the Fully Functioning Person
Marriage Matters
The Transition from Single to Married Life
Marriage: A Myriad of Interactions
Fulfilling Needs in Marriage
Families Around the World: Marriage in Japan
Defining Marital Success
Strong Relationships and Families
Highlight: A Hectic Schedule
Marital Expectations
Highlight: Carol: The Perpetual Seeker
The Honeymoon Is Over: Too High Expectations
Romantic Love or Marriage?
Differing Expectations
Eighty Percent I Love You; Twenty Oercent I Dislike You
Highlight: Carl and Allison: The Perfect Couple
The Expectation of Commitment: A Characteristic of Strong and Successful Families
The Expectation of Primariness: Extramarital Relations
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
The Self-Actualized Person in the Fully Functioning Family
Characteristics of Mental Health
Self-Actualization
Living in the Now
The Goals of Intimacy
You and the State: Legal Aspects of Marriage
Writing Your Own Marriage Contract and Prenuptial Agreement
Highlight: Navajo Marital Expectations
Making Decisions: The Couple's Inventory
Debate The Issues: Is Marriage a Dying Institution?
Human Sexuality
Making Decisions: Sex Knowledge Inventory
Human Sexuality in the United States
Highlight: The Sambians of Papua
Changing Sexual Mores
Modiffying Sexual Behavior
Highlight:" What Role Should Sex Play in My Life?" Beth-Ann Asks
Differences between Male and Female Sexuality
Highlight: A Precoital Contract
Physiology of the Sexual Response
Female Sexual Response
Highlight: Female Genital Mutilation
Making Decisions: What Are Your Biggest Problems and Complaints about Sex?
Highlight: Describing Orgasm
Male Sexual Response
Variations in Sexual Response
Some Myths Unmasked
Does Sexual Addiction Exist?
Marital Sex: Can I Keep the Excitement Alive?
Highlight: One Husband's Sexual Life
Highlight: Sex and Physical Disability
Sex and the Aging Process
Menopause
Sex and Drugs
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Debate Teh Issues: Pornography
Family Planning, Pregnancy, and Birth
Children by Choice
Are We Ready for Children?
Children Having Children
Family Planning Decisions
Deciding on a Contraceptive
Abortion
What Research Tells Us: Who Has Abortions?
Infertility
Prerequisites of Fertility
Causes of Infertility
Making Decisions: How Old Is Too Old?
Methods of Treatment: Designing Babies
Highlight: The Ultimate Breakthrough
Highlight: Who, in Fact, Are the Parents of Jaycee?
Pregnancy
Highlight: Am I Really Pregnant?
Pregnancy Tests
Environmental Causes of Congenital Problems
Controlling Birth Defects
Birth
Cesarean Birth
Highlight: Infant Mortality Rates
Birth Pain
Natural Childbirth
Rooming-In
Alternative Birth Centers
Home Births
Postpartum Emotional Changes
Debate the Issues: To Clone or Not to Clone
The Challenge of Parenthood
What Effects Do Children Have on a Marriage?
Highlight: The Highs and Lows of Parenthood
Traditionalization of the Marital Relationship
Parental Effectiveness
Highlight: Diversity in Child-Rearing Values and Practices
The Father's Role in Parenting
Television, Video Games, and the Internet as Surrogate Parents
Child Rearing, Discipline, and Control
Making Decisions: Using Discipline and Punishment Effectively
Spanking
The Growing Child in the Family
Infancy: The First Year
The Toddler: 2 to 3 Years of Age
Early Childhood: 4 to 5 Years of Age
School Age: 6 to 11 Years of Age
Puberty-Adolescence: 12 to 18 Years of Age
Highlight: To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo: Out Damned Spots!
The Young Adult: 19 to 30 Years of Age
Highlight: Adolescent Hormones and Brain Functioning
Highlight: Oh No, John Is Back Home Again
What Research Tells US: Young Adults Living with Parents
Broader Parenting
Parents without Pregnancy: Adoption
The Single-Parent Family
Highlight: Father Absence in African American Homes
Debate the Issues: Should Parents Stay Home to Rear Their Children?
Family Life Stages: Middle Age to Surviving Spouse
What Research Tells Us: Increasing Life Expectancy
Dealing with Change: Another Characteristic of the Strong, Healthy Family
The Graying of America
Middle Age: The Empty Nest
Highlight: How a Highly Trained Engineer Became a Bicycle-Repair Man
The Sandwich Generation: Caught in the Middle
Retirement
Widowhood as the Last Stage of Marriage
Highlight: Doctor's Wife
The Adjustment Process and Remarriage
Highlight: Remarriage after the Loss of a Spouse
Highlight: Death of a Young Wife: A Young Father Alone
The Grandparenting Role
Highlight: Becoming Parents Again after Your Children Are Raised
Older but Coming on Strong
Debate the Issues: Should Physicians Help Terminally Ill Patients Commit Suicide?
The Importance of Making Sound Economic Decisions
What Research Tells Us: GNI per Capita in Various Countries
What Research Tells Us: Median Income of Households and Families
Slowly Drowning in a Sea of Debt
What Research Tells Us: How Much Do Americans Owe?
Making Decisions: Compare Your Attitudes about Money
Making Good Credit, Borrowing, and Installment-Buying Decisions
Discount Interest: Consumer Purchases
Simple Interest: Home Loans
Financial Problems and Marital Strain
The Seductive Society: Credit and Advertising
Effective Money Management
To Pool or Not to Pool Family Money?
Allocation of Funds: Who Makes the Spending Decisions?
Budgeting: Enlightened Control of Spending
Making Decisions: How to Budget Your Income
Saving through Wise Spending
Making Decisions: Budget Worksheet
The Economy and Black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Single-Parent Families
Inflation and Recession
Inflation
Families Around the World: Mexico: The Middle-Class Family
Periods of Reduced Inflation and Mild Recession
Deciding What Insurance Is Needed
Medical Insurance
Automobile Insurance
Home Owner's Insurance
Life Insurance
Deciding to Buy a Home
The Decision to Invest
Highlight: You Can Still Make a Million Dollars
Debate the Issues: Credit: The Way to Economic Well-Being, or a Slavery System?
The Dual-Worker Family: The Real American Revolution
What Research Tells Us: Women in the Workforce
Women and the Economy
Job Opportunities for Women
Pay Differentials between Men and Women
Making the Decision to Become a Two-Earner Family: The Wife Goes to Work
The Working Wife's Economic Contribution to the Family
Community Service and the Working Wife
Household Activities and Supermothers
Deciding in Favor of Part-Time Work
Child Care and Parental Leave
Stay-at-Home Moms
Employers, Pregnant Employees, and Working Mothers
Home-Based Work
Marital Satisfaction in the Two-Earner Family
Work and Family: Sources of Conflict
Jobs, Occupations, and Careers
Dual-Career Families
Commuter Marriage and/or the Weekend Family
Debate The Issues: Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Pervasive?
Family Crises
Coping with Crises
Stress: Healthy and Unhealthy
Highlight: Types of Stressor Events
Crisis Management
Defending against Harmful Stress
Highlight: Agencies That Can Help with Various Crises
Defense Mechanisms
Death in the Family
Natural Causes
Ambiguous Loss
Suicide and Homicide
Firearm Mortality
Grief and Bereavement
Accidents, Injuries, and Catastrophic Illness
Making Decisions: The Case of the Weinstein Family
Family Violence
Violence between Partners
Child Abuse
Sibling Abuse
Highlight: Repressed Memories of Incest
Peer Abuse
Parental Abuse by Children
Factors Associated with Family Violence
Poverty and Unemployment
Children and Poverty
The Military Family in the Time of War
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Drugs and Drug Abuse
Alcohol
Debate the Issues: Should Drugs Be Legalized?
The Dissolution of Marriage
Let No One Put Asunder
What Research Tells Us: Divorce Facts
Reasons for America's High Divorce Rate
Emotional Divorce and the Emotions of Divorce
Highlight: Not One Divorce but Six
Highlight: Divorce: Constant Self-Questioning
Divorce but Not the End of the Relationship
Making Decisions: What Changes Must Be Made with Divorce?
Problems of the Newly Divorced
Economic Consequences
Children and Divorce
What Research Tells Us: The Children of Divorce
Types of Child Custody
Highlight: Divorce and Dad
Divorce: The Legalities
Some Cautions about No-Fault Divorce
Divorce Counseling and Mediation
Reducing Divorce Rates
Divorce May Not Be the Answer
Debate the Issues: Should Couples Stay Together for the Sake of the Children?
Remarriage: A Growing Way of American Life
Returning to Single Life
Cohabitation as a Courtship Step to Remarriage
Remarriage: Will I Make the Same Mistakes Again?
Highlight: Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice
Family Law and Stepfamilies
Child-Support Obligations
Custody and Visitation of Stepchildren
His, Hers, and Ours: The Stepfamily
Highlight: How to Ruin a Remarriage
Highlight: The Ten Commandments of Stepparenting
Weekend Visits of the Noncustodial Child
Dealing with Sexuality in the Stepfamily
Highlight: How Much Closer Can We Get?
The New Extended Family
Building Stepfamily Strengths
The Prenuptial Agreement
Mediation to Settle Conflicts and Other Prevention Programs
Debate the Issues: Fatherless America: Can a Stepfather Take the Place of a Biological Father?
Actively Seeking Marital Growth and Fulfillment
"And They Lived Happily Ever After"
Highlight: Economic Success, Marital Failure
Highlight: Self-Improvement, Marital Failure
Marriage Improvement Programs
Guidelines for Choosing Marriage Improvement Programs
Highlight: A Family Life Enrichment Weekend
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: Marriage Enrichment
Highlight: Marriage Encounter
Marriage with Purpose: Effective Management
In the Future, the Family Will Remain and Diversify
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Contraceptive Methods
Glossary
References
Credits
Author Index
Subject Index
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