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Offering a positive view of the family, Cox's HUMAN INTIMACY: MARRIAGE, THE FAMILY, AND ITS MEANING, Eleventh Edition discusses the characteristics of successful intimate relationships, and teaches the decision-making skills that lead to strong marriages and families. This new edition includes coverage of such topics as diversity within the American family (including rural and military families), gay marriage, singles, cohabitation, gender roles, theories of love, date rape and courtship violence, and parenting and life stages.

Frank D. Cox, Santa Barbara City College

Frank Cox holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught marriage and family courses at Santa Barbara City College since 1962. He is also author of THE AIDS BOOKLET (McGraw Hill)), YOUTH, MARRIAGE AND THE SEDUCTIVE SOCIETY (William C. Brown), AMERICAN MARRIAGE: A CHANGING SCENE (William C. Brown), and other books on marriage and relationships.

Kevin Demmitt, Clayton College and State University

Kevin Demmitt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Clayton College and State University near Atlanta, Georgia. He received his M.A. degree at Arizona State University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has taught the Sociology of Marriage and Family, and a wide array of other courses, at large state universities and smaller, liberal arts colleges throughout his career. His research and writing has focused on the relationship between family, work, and religion, but he has also researched topics related to politics, religion, and education. Professor Demmitt also conducts workshops on the effective use of computers in the classroom.
  • The Eleventh Edition includes new and updated material on relevant issues and events related to marriages and families. You'll find new data for marriage rates and birth rates by race, recent data on the characteristics of single families, and social and demographic characteristics of families by race. Other updates include discussion of same-sex marriage laws, new references on the benefits of marriage, and new research on arranged marriages.
  • New research has been added on the pressure men feel as they balance economic expectations with parenting responsibilities, how parents influence gender role expectations for their children, how people can learn new communication skills, and how people's expectations of how a conversation will end influences communication patterns.
  • Chapter 5, "Communications in Intimate Relationships," now discusses the demand-withdraw pattern as a common communication problem and includes a new section on how social media influence communication.
  • Chapter 6, "Dating, Single Life, and Mate Selection," includes new research on adolescent romance, hanging out, and hooking up as well as new data on cohabitation rates, interracial marriages, and teenage pregnancy. The chapter also discusses the changing relationship between education and age at marriage, and the recent declines in adolescent sexual activity.
  • An expanded discussion of voluntary childlessness as well as new information on trends related to artificial insemination and sperm donors have been added. Data on global fertility rates, teen fertility rates, multiple births, and abortion rates is updated.
  • This edition also includes new discussions on raising children with special needs, the cumulative effects of family instability on children, patterns of involvement for non-resident fathers, and sex in the media.
  • Chapter 11, "Family Life Stages: Middle Age to Surviving Spouses," includes more research on caring for aging parents, including the effect of women's employment on caregiving, and reasons why people feel inclined to assist their parents. This chapter also includes research on the discrepancy between daily life expectations and the reality for older Americans as well as updated data on life expectancy rates, household characteristics, living arrangements, and economic conditions for seniors.
  • New information is presented on the Great Recession, financial struggles and marital conflict, the global economy, student loan debt, and the economic value of a college degree. The text includes the most recent data available on the cost of health care and discusses the Affordable Care Act. Additional economics-related updates include economic and education trends for women, the gender income gap, family-friendly employers, and other areas affecting dual earner relationships.
  • There are expanded discussions of intimate partner violence and child abuse, and new sections on cyberbullying and the effect of poverty on children's behavior.
  • Each chapter starts with an outline that gives students an overview of the material to come, followed by a series of thought-provoking questions for them to ponder as they read.
  • Highlight boxes supply interesting detail and add variety to the reading. Topics include why we avoid intimacy, ways that men and women can strengthen their communication, diversity in child-rearing values and practice, and "how to ruin a remarriage."
  • What Research Tells Us boxes serve as a reminder of the quantity of scientific research that informs our knowledge about intimate relationships, marriage, and the family.
  • Making Decisions boxes are short exercises designed to help students gain insight into such topics as their attitudes toward love, marriage, and the handling of finances.
  • What Do You Think? boxes in the text margins prompt students to think about their personal stance on the topic at hand.
  • End-of-chapter Debating the Issues sections present both sides of a controversial issue involving families, prompting lively and thought-provoking discussions of such questions as "Can we create gender-neutral children?", "Is marriage a dying institution?", and "Should parents stay home to rear their children?"
  • Families Around the World photo essays help bring global families into focus, helping students to gain a clearer picture of the diversity of family life.
  • Bolded key terms, a running glossary, and point-by-point chapter summaries assist students in study and review.
1. Human Intimacy in the Brave New World of Family Diversity.
2. Human Intimacy, Relationships, Marriage, and the Family.
3. American Ways of Love.
4. Gender Convergence and Role Equity.
5. Communications in Intimate Relationships.
6. Dating, Single Life, and Mate Selection.
7. Marriage, Intimacy, Expectations, and the Fully Functioning Person.
8. Human Sexuality.
9. Family Planning, Pregnancy, and Birth.
10. The Challenge of Parenthood.
11. Family Life Stages: Middle Age to Surviving Spouse.
12. The Importance of Making Sound Economic Decisions.
13. The Dual-Earner Family: The Real American Revolution.
14. Family Crises.
15. The Dissolution of Marriage.
16. Remarriage: A Growing Way of American Life.
17. Actively Seeking Marital Growth and Fulfillment.
Appendix A: Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Appendix B: Contraceptive Methods.

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