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Marriage and Families Relationships in Social Context

ISBN-10: 053455881X

ISBN-13: 9780534558819

Edition: 2004

Authors: Karen Seccombe, Rebecca L. Warner

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In this fresh, more structural, alternative to other texts for the marriage and family course, Seccombe and Warner provide a comprehensive look at close relationships and the family in just 15 chapters. Examining close relationships and families by placing them in social context, the authors offer a unique emphasis on the structural and relational aspects of the family with a focus on family resilience. The text weaves together a macro view ? social structural analysis of close relationships- with the macro ? an individualist view. The authors demonstrate the interaction of theory and methodology in family studies in Chapter 2 and blend cutting-edge research and practical applications throughout. Among the highlights of this first edition are the exceptionally thorough exploration of the topics of singlehood and cohabitation in Chapter 7 and the unique six-chapter core (8-13) that focuses on all aspects of parenthood and the challenges and crises that families face today. The authors' emphasis on family resilience and how families can be strengthened is reflected in the "Constructing Strong Families" boxes that appear throughout the text. These features encourage students to apply groundbreaking research on what makes a family strong to their own families and in the concluding chapter, "Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish," which examines the factors that successful families ?regardless of ethnicity, culture, or social class?consistently exhibit.
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Book details

List price: $105.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/24/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 720
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

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.

1. Why Study Families and Close Relationships?. 2. Social Science Research and Family Studies. 3. Importance of Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Class. 4. The Meanings and Practices of Love. 5. Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships. 6. Making Commitments: Marriage. 7. Making Commitments: Singlehood and Cohabitation. 8. The Transition to Parenthood. 9. Relationships Between Parents and Children. 10. Working Families: The Intersections of Paid and Unpaid Work. 11. Family Crises and Stress: Poverty, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse. 12. The Process of Divorce. 13. Family Life, Partnering, and Remarriage After Divorce. 14. Families in Middle and Later Life. 15. Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish.