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The Twelfth Edition of Knox and Schacht's CHOICES IN RELATIONSHIPS helps students see how positive outcomes in personal relationships depend on making intelligent choices. The authors encourage students to explore the tradeoffs involved with choices, show how to view situations in a positive light, and demonstrate that not making a choice is really a choice after all. Through current data, an engaging writing style, interactive pedagogy such as self-assessments, and an emphasis on social policy issues within the context of each chapter, this theme-based marriage and family text encourages lively classroom discussion and demonstrates how research and theory apply to students' lives. As a result, students learn to approach every intimate relationship with the new freedom and new responsibility that accompany their choices. This streamlined twelfth edition also includes new discussions of the future of marriage and the family, and features an abundance of new research.
- This edition places increased emphasis on the effects of recent technologies such as texting and Facebook on relationship behaviors, lifestyles, and choices.
- Nine new “Applying Social Research” boxes showcase contemporary research on topics applicable to many students' experiences. Topics include reactions to a partner's cheating, relationship talks, and taking chances in romantic relationships.
- Fourteen new “Self-Assessments” encourage students to evaluate their own perspectives on issues relevant to their lives and relationships. New topics include attitudes toward marriage, gender roles, and singlehood, among others.
- Chapter 7 has been extensively rewritten to include information on transgendered individuals, couples, and families.
- “Diversity in the United States” segments reveal racial, religious, same-sex, economic, and educational differences in regard to relationship phenomena, while “Diversity in Other Countries” paragraphs reveal courtship, marriage, and family patterns in other societies.
- National and international data are presented throughout each chapter, reducing student speculation and guessing about marriage and family topics.
- This edition features two Special Topics: “Highlighting Marriage and Family Careers” and “Contraception.”
- “What if?” boxes personalize the focus of choices in relationships. Examples include, “What if you have made a commitment to marry someone but feel it is a mistake?” “What if you are in love with two people at the same time?” and “What if an old lover contacts you?”
- “Self-Assessment” boxes provide scales for students to measure particular aspects of their own outlook and characteristics of their relationship with their partner. These self-assessment boxes, based on empirical data, are a unique feature of this text and are very popular with students.
- “Applying Social Research” gives students a glimpse into the kinds of research that marriage and family scholars do and the methods they use to do it.
- “Family Policy” boxes, at least one per chapter, identify social policy issues related to marriage and the family that confront American society. Examples include abstinence-only versus comprehensive sex education in the public school system, marriage education in public schools, and mediation before litigation in divorce proceedings.
- An enduring popular feature of the text is “Personal Choices,” which are detailed discussions of personal choice dilemmas. Examples include “Who is the best person for you to marry?” “Should I get involved in a long-distance relationship?” and “Deciding to have intercourse in a new relationship.”
4. Singlehood, Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Cohabitation.
5. Selecting a Partner.
6. Marriage Relationships.
7. GLBT Individuals, Couples, and Families.
8. Communication and Technology in Relationships.
9. Sexuality in Relationships.
10. Violence and Abuse in Relationships.
11. Planning for Children.
13. Work and Family Life.
14. Stress and Crisis in Relationships.
15. Divorce and Ending Relationships.
16. Relationships in the Later Years.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Online PowerPoint® Lecture Slides
The lecture outline slides highlight key points from each chapter and include many of the chapters’ key exhibits.
Online Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank
Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as detailed chapter lecture outlines, lecture suggestions, video suggestions, and creative lecture and teaching ideas. This manual also contains student learning objectives, key terms, essay/discussion questions, student activities, discussion exercises, and Internet exercises.
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