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Families in Context An Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0195330250

ISBN-13: 9780195330250

Edition: N/A

Authors: Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman, Teresa M. Cooney

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Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman and Teresa M. Cooney's Families in Context introduces foundational ideas and concepts about families and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. This comprehensive but concise paperback--written in clear, student-friendly language--fills the following needs not being met by existing texts: * The text is structured consistently, featuring an overarching framework that combines family systems theory and ecological systems theory. This approach bridges both micro- and macro-perspectives on families. * Each chapter places families squarely within their respective environments--their neighborhood, community, and national context--and provides conceptual linkages between the different aspects of family life. * Diversity is integrated into each chapter. * The text's emphasis on social context allows the exploration of families in at least three ways: (1) how individuals live out their intimate experiences within families and communities; (2) the impact of family groups on their neighborhoods and communities, and vice versa; and (3) the ways in which the larger social contexts influence families within different class levels and racial groups. * The book's brevity and reasonable price allow ample time for instructors to easily supplement their courses with additional materials. Each chapter opens with a "Did You Know?" box, detailing ideas related to chapter content and preparing students for the chapter's topics. Similarly, a box entitled "Things to Think About" offers questions, definitions, or comments intended to provoke students' critical thinking. The text provides a "hands-on" approach by featuring critical-thinking activities at the end of each chapter, enabling students to apply learned concepts and principles. Finally, additional readings and a glossary of relevant theoretical concepts are provided. A comprehensive electronic Instructor's Manual/Testing Program accompanies the text--as well as a dedicated Website. In addition, an Interactive Student Study Guide is available.
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Book details

List price: $114.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Studying Families: Micro and Macro Perspectives
Families, Communities, Society: Interconnections
What Is a System?
Families as Small Groups
The Family as an Institution
Ecological Systems Perspective
Diversity Among Families
Family Structure
Sex and Gender Differences
Methods for Studying Families
Commitment: To Self, Family, Community
The Importance of Commitment
Commitment to Self
Socialization: The Creation of Identities and the Self
Commitment to Family
The Big Picture: Commitment to Community
Developing Close Relationships: Making Lifestyle Choices
Building Intimate Relationships
Social and Behavioral Processes That Bring Couples Together
Lifestyle Choices
The Big Picture: The Influence of Macrolevel Forces on the Formation of Intimate RelationshipsSex, Sexuality, and Gender Roles
Maintaining Intimacy: Marriage and Enduring Unions
Marriage Patterns: Historical Trends and Racial and Social Class Differences
Transition to Marriage
Accompanying Marriage
The Internal Dynamics of Marriage
The Big Picture
Moving Through the Life Cycle: Family Experiences in Early to Middle
Adulthood
The Transition to Parenthood
ParentingParenting Changes From Childhood Through Adolescence
Sibling Relationships in Childhood
Couple Subsystems
The Big Picture: Historical Change Affecting Young Families
Moving Through the Life Cycle: Family Experiences in Middle to Late
Adulthood
Renegotiating Parent-Child Relationships in Late Adolescence and Early Adulthood
Adjusting to the Empty Nest Period
Parents and Children in Middle to Late Adulthood
Aged Parents and Adult Children
Marital Relations in Middle to Late Adulthood
Adult Sibling Relations
Grandparenting
Experiencing the Death of Family Members
The Big Picture: Societal Influences on Family Relationships Across Adulthood
Balancing Work and Family
Labor Force Participation
Work-Family Spillover
Household Division of Labor
Housework in Different Types of Families
Cohabitation, Marriage, Remarriage, and Housework Contributions
The Fairness Issue
Changing Norms: What Has Changed?
Children's Work
Effects of Unemployment on the Family
Retirement
The Big Picture: Family and Work in the Larger Society Macrosystem
Family Transitions: Divorce, Single Parenting, Remarriage
DivorceParenting After Divorce
Children in Single-Parent Households
Remarriage and Stepparenting
Death as the Cause of Marital Dissolution
The Big Picture: Family Transitions in a Social Context
Distressed Families: The Darker Side of Family Life
Partner Violence
The Demographics of Partner Violence
Marital RapeViolence Among Same-Sex Couples
Child Maltreatment
Abuse of Siblings and Parents
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Alcoholism and Substance Addiction
Children Who Run Away
If They Are Family, Why Are They Mistreated?
The Big Picture: The Social and Cultural Context of Violence
Families in a Social Context: The Big Picture
Beyond the Family Microsystem
Governmental Exosystem and Macro-Level Influences
References
Author Index
Subject Index