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THE MARRIAGE & FAMILY EXPERIENCE: INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY brings together all elements of the course -- including intimate relationships, family policy, and family issues. Balancing an academic and more functional approach, the authors draw from research to present a sociological and family studies base enhanced by perspectives from anthropology, history, psychology, journalism, literature, economics, and gender studies. Available with MindTap®, a digital learning experience, the book explores recent research on topics such as adoptive parenting, the transgender experience, childbearing patterns, gay and lesbian families, communication and conflict resolution, and the influence of popular culture. Real-life examples and a focus on self-assessment and reflection make the book accessible and encourage students to think for themselves. The thirteenth edition retains a progressive approach to diversity yet remains rooted in a positive, pro-family perspective.
- MindTap®, a cloud-based, interactive learning experience built on the book's content, is available with this text. MindTap guides students through the course by combining readings, videos and other multimedia resources, applied activities, and assessments into a Learning Path that focuses on the key concepts presented in the text. You can rearrange and add content, and easily measure students' skills and outcomes.
- The thirteenth edition provides the most current and up-to-date data available, integrating data from national surveys; information from reports by the Pew Research Center and the National Center for Family and Marriage Research; and official statistical reports from agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- This is one of the few marriage and family books that offers a true balance between the two main branches of the market -- sociology and family science. It takes a liberal approach to detailing recent trends (in marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and singlehood), and to describing diverse lifestyles, especially regarding gender and sexuality, but remains firmly rooted in the positive, pro-family corner.
- What Do You Think? Self-quiz chapter openers let students assess their existing knowledge of what will be discussed in the chapter. These quizzes engage students, drawing them into the material and stimulating greater interaction with the course.
- Public Policies, Private Lives features focus on legal issues and public policies that affect how we think about and/or experience family life. Among them are features on sexting, adoptions that dissolve, the lack of legal policies about stepfamilies, the meaning of legal marriage, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and legal advice for cohabiting couples.
- Exploring Diversity boxes let students see family circumstances from the vantage point of other cultures, other eras, or within different lifestyles in the contemporary United States. New topics in this edition include cohabitation in Japan, arranged marriage in the United Arab Emirates, and "father school" in South Korea. Other topics include divorce in India, the phenomenon of posthumous marriage, and a cross-national survey on dating violence.
- Issues and Insights features focus on current and high-interest topics, including virginity loss; gender, sexuality, and bullying; "living apart together"; and whether or not to spank children. Several of these features discuss uses and abuses of technology in families and relationships.
- Popular Culture boxes discuss the ways family issues are portrayed through various forms of popular culture. New topics include the way media portrayals of gay couples (e.g., "Modern Family") may have contributed to rising acceptance of same-sex marriage, and the increasing visibility of the transgender experience.
- Real Families features give "up close" accounts of issues raised in the text as they are experienced by people in their everyday lives. Vignettes in this edition discuss blending and unblending families, co-parenting by gay men and lesbians, family caregivers, and recent stories that question the assumption of gender as binary.
2. Studying Marriages and Families.
3. Variations in American Family Life.
4. Gender and Family.
5. Intimacy, Friendship, and Love.
6. Understanding Sex and Sexualities.
7. Communication, Power, and Conflict.
8. Marriages in Societal and Individual Perspective.
9. Unmarried Lives: Singlehood and Cohabitation.
10. Becoming and Being Parents.
11. Marriage, Work, and Economics.
12. Intimate Violence and Sexual Abuse.
13. Coming Apart: Separation and Divorce.
14. New Beginnings: Single-Parent Families, Remarriages, and Blended Families.
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