Higher Education

Choices in Relationships: An Introduction to Marriage and the Family, 12th Edition

  • David Knox, Ph.D. East Carolina University
  • Caroline Schacht, M.A. East Carolina University
  • ISBN-10: 1305094441  |  ISBN-13: 9781305094444
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2008
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $213.25
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Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • “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.”
  • “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.”

Table of Contents

1. Choices in Relationships: An Introduction to Marriage and the Family.
2. Love.
3. Gender.
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.
12. Parenting.
13. Work and Family Life.
14. Stress and Crisis in Relationships.
15. Divorce and Ending Relationships.
16. Relationships in the Later Years.

What's New

  • 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.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“[This book is] concise, easy to read, and contains current research in the field.”

— Dr. Jacki Booth, San Diego State University

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint® Lecture Slides  (ISBN-10: 1305388496 | ISBN-13: 9781305388499)

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Online Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305094484 | ISBN-13: 9781305094482)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Knox, Ph.D.

David Knox, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at East Carolina University, where he teaches courtship and marriage; marriage and the family; and sociology of human sexuality. He is a marriage and family therapist as well as the author or co-author of 12 books and over 100 professional articles.

Caroline Schacht, M.A.

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Child Development and Family Relations, is Instructor Emeritus at East Carolina University. She retired from a career teaching sociology to become a certified Romana's Pilates instructor. She is co-author of several textbooks and balances her time writing and revising, teaching Pilates in her home studio, and writing children's verses and songs for her grandchildren.