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Human Intimacy: Marriage, the Family, and Its Meaning

Human Intimacy: Marriage, the Family, and Its MeaningTitoloHuman Intimacy: Marriage, the Family, and Its Meaning
AutoreCox, Frank D. ; Demmitt, Kevin
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CategoriaSocial Science: Sociology
RilegaturaLoose Leaf
Dati640 p.
Anno2013
EditoreWadsworth Publishing Company
CollanaCengage Advantage Books
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1 Human Intimacy in the Brave New World of Family Diversity
1
Building Successful Relationships
2
Qualities of Strong and Resilient Families: An Overview
5
Can We Study Intimacy?
9
Optimism versus Pessimism
10
Making Decisions That Lead to a Fulfilling Life
11
Logic and Emotion in Decision Making
12
Decision-Making Steps
13
The Gift of Choosing
16
Theoretical Approaches to Family Study
16
Methods of Study
19
The Experiment
19
The Survey
20
The Clinical Method
21
HIGHLIGHT: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Delinquency Data
22
Natural or Field Observation
22
Group versus Individual Data
23
Strengthening the Family
23
2 Human Intimacy, Relationships, Marriage, and the Family
27
Family: The Basic Unit of Human Organization
28
Family Functions
30
The American Family: Many Structures and Much Change
32
Families Around The World: China: Families and Government Policy
36
Change within Continuity and Uniqueness within Commonality
38
Highlight: The Family Riddle
39
Highlight: Tricky Statistics: Cohabitation and Rejection of Marriage
40
Family: A Buffer against Mental and Physical Illnesses
41
The Need for Intimacy
42
Highlight: Why Do We Avoid Intimacy?
43
The Family as Interpreter of Society
45
Unique Characteristics of the American Family
46
Highlight: What the Research Says
47
Family: The Consuming Unit of the American Economy
47
American Families: A Great Diversity of Types
48
African American Families
51
Hispanic Families
51
Asian American Families
52
The American Indian and Alaska Native Population
53
DEBATE THE ISSUES: Should Our Society Recognize Gay Marriages?
56
3 American Ways of Love
57
The American Myth: Romantic Love Should Always Lead to Marriage
59
Defining Love
60
Highlight: Love Is ...
61
Theories of Love
62
Romantic Love
65
Infatuation
67
Loving and Liking
67
The Double Cross
68
Love Is What You Make It
69
WHAT RESEARCH TELLS US: Love and Friendship
70
Love in Strong Families: Appreciation and Respect
72
Highlight: Gender Differences in Love
73
Learning to Love
74
Actions and Attitudes
74
Developmental Stages in Learning to Love
75
Love over Time: From Passionate to Companionate Love
77
Highlight: Love and the Loss of One's Self-Identity
79
Love's Oft-Found Companion: Jealousy
79
DEBATE THE ISSUES: Are Love and Marriage Good for You?
83
4 Gender Convergence and Role Equity
85
Male = Masculine and Female = Feminine: Not Necessarily So
86
Norms and Roles
87
How Sex and Gender Identity Develop
88
Biological Contributions
88
Environmental Contributions
89
Highlight: The Xanith of Oman
90
Gender Differences
90
Role Equity
91
WHAT RESEARCH TELLS US: Stereotypical Sex-Role Differences Compared with Research Findings
92
Traditional Gender Roles
94
Changing Male and Female Roles
95
Women and the Law
96
Highlight: "Firsts" for Women in the Past Three Decades
97
Families Around The World: The Dani of Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea)
98
Gender-Role Stereotypes
100
The Movement toward Gender Equality
102
Highlight: Men as the Oppressed Sex
103
Debate The Issues: Can We Create Gender-Neutral Children?
107
5 Communications in Intimate Relationships
109
Good Communication: A Basic Strength of Successful Families
111
Communication Failure: An Indicator of Relationship Problems
114
Aversive Communication
114
Communication Can Be Used for Good and Bad Purposes
115
The Foundation Blocks of Successful Communication
116
Commitment
116
Growth Orientation
116
Noncoercive Atmosphere
117
Developing a Smooth Flow of Communication
118
Communication Skills
119
Identifying Problem Ownership
119
Self-Assertion
120
MAKING DECISIONS: You-, I-, and We-Statements
122
Empathic Listening
123
Negotiating
126
Problem Solving
127
Men and Women: Do They Speak the Same Language?
128
Highlight: How Men and Women Can Communicate Better in Intimate Relationships
130
Communication and Family Conflict
130
Anger
133
Over What Topics Do Couples Conflict?
133
Personal Relationships in the Information Age
134
Social Networking Sites
135
Debate The Issues: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?
138
6 Dating, Single Life, and Mate Selection
141
Premarital American Dating
142
Why Do We Date?
143
Premarital Dating Patterns
144
College Dating: Hanging Out, Hooking Up, Joined at the Hip
145
Dating and Extended Singleness
147
WHAT RESEARCH TELLS US: Women and Singleness
148
WHAT RESEARCH TELLS US: Singles in America
149
Changing Sexual Mores
149
Deciding for Yourself
152
Freedom of Choice and Sexual Health
153
Possible Problems Associated with Premarital Sexual Relations
153
Highlight: Dawn and Nonmarital Pregnancy
154
MAKING DECISIONS: Is My Sexual Behavior Healthy?
155
Date Rape and Courtship Violence
156
Cohabitation: Unmarried-Couple Households
158
The Nature of Cohabiting Relationships
159
Is the Woman Exploited in Cohabitation?
159
The Relationship between Cohabitation and Marriage
160
WHAT RESEARCH TELLS US: Children and Cohabitation
163
Breaking Up
163
Living Together and the Law
164
Finding the One and Only: Mate Selection
164
Background Factors
166
Interactional Processes
166
From First Impressions to Engagement
168
Engagement
170
Types of Engagements
170
Functions of Engagement
171
Debate The Issues: Does Sex Education Prevent Pregnancy or Encourage Promiscuity?
173
7 Marriage, Intimacy, Expectations, and the Fully Functioning Person
175
Marriage Matters
176
The Transition from Single to Married Life
177
Marriage: A Myriad of Interactions
179
Fulfilling Needs in Marriage
181
Families Around The World: Marriage in Japan
182
Highlight: Religion and Marriage
184
Defining Marital Success
184
Strong Relationships and Families
185
Highlight: A Hectic Schedule
186
Marital Expectations
188
Highlight: Carol: The Perpetual Seeker
189
The Honeymoon Is Over: Too High Expectations
189
Romantic Love or Marriage?
190
Differing Expectations
191
Eighty Percent I Love You; Twenty Percent I Dislike You
192
The Expectation of Commitment: A Characteristic of Strong and Successful Families
192
Highlight: Carl and Allison: The Perfect Couple
193
The Expectation of Primariness: Extramarital Relations
195
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
197
MAKING DECISIONS: Online Infidelity---Is it Really Cheating?
198
The Self-Actualized Person in the Fully Functioning Family
199
Characteristics of Mental Health
199
Self-Actualization
200
Living in the Now
201
The Goals of Intimacy
201
You and the State: Legal Aspects of Marriage
203
Highlight: Navajo Marital Expectations
205
Writing Your Own Marriage Contract and Prenuptial Agreement
205
Making Decisions: The Couple's Inventory
206
Debate The Issues: Is Marriage a Dying Institution?
208
8 Human Sexuality
209
Making Decisions: Sex Knowledge Inventory
211
The Uniqueness of Human Sexuality
212
Highlight: The Sambians of Papua
213
Changing Sexual Mores
214
Modifying Sexual Behavior
215
Highlight: "What Role Should Sex Play in My Life?" Beth-Ann Asks
216
Differences between Male and Female Sexuality
217
Highlight: A Precoital Contract
218
Physiology of the Sexual Response
220
Female Sexual Response
220
Highlight: Female Genital Mutilation
221
Making Decisions: What Are Your Biggest Problems and Complaints about Sex?
222
Highlight: Describing Orgasm
223
Male Sexual Response
223
Variations in Sexual Response
224
Some Myths Unmasked
224
Does Sexual Addiction Exist?
225
Marital Sex: Can I Keep the Excitement Alive?
226
Highlight: One Husband's Sexual Life
227
Highlight: Sex and Physical Disability
228
Sex and the Aging Process
229
Menopause
230
Sex and Drugs
232
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
233
Debate The Issues: Pornography
237
9 Family Planning, Pregnancy, and Birth
239
Children by Choice
240
Are We Ready for Children?
241
Children Having Children
242
Family Planning Decisions
245
Deciding on a Contraceptive
246
Abortion
247
What Research Tells Us: Who Has Abortions?
248
Infertility
251
Prerequisites of Fertility
251
Causes of Infertility
252
Making Decisions: How Old Is Too Old?
253
Methods of Treatment: Designing Babies
253
Highlight: The Ultimate Breakthrough
259
Highlight: Who, in Fact, Are the Parents of Jaycee?
260
Pregnancy
261
Pregnancy Tests
261
Highlight: Am I Really Pregnant?
262
Environmental Causes of Congenital Problems
265
Controlling Birth Defects
267
Birth
268
Highlight: Infant Mortality Rates
269
Cesarean Birth
269
Birth Pain
270
Natural Childbirth
270
Rooming-In
271
Alternative Birth Centers
272
Home Births
272
Postpartum Emotional Changes
273
Debate The Issues: To Clone or Not to Clone
275
10 The Challenge of Parenthood
277
What Effects Do Children Have on a Marriage?
279
Highlight: The Highs and Lows of Parenthood
283
Traditionalization of the Marital Relationship
284
Parental Effectiveness
284
Highlight: Diversity in Child-Rearing Values and Practices
287
The Father's Role in Parenting
289
Television, Video Games, and the Internet as Surrogate Parents
292
Child Rearing, Discipline, and Control
296
Spanking
297
Making Decisions: Using Discipline and Punishment Effectively
298
The Growing Child in the Family
299
Infancy: The First Year
300
The Toddler: 2 to 3 Years of Age
302
Early Childhood: 4 to 5 Years of Age
302
School Age: 6 to 11 Years of Age
303
Puberty-Adolescence: 12 to 18 Years of Age
303
Highlight: Cell Phones---Don't Call Me, I'll Call You
304
Highlight: Adolescent Hormones and Brain Functioning
304
Highlight: Oh No, John Is Back Home Again
306
The Young Adult: 19 to 30 Years of Age
306
What Research Tells Us: Young Adults Living with Parents
307
Broader Parenting
307
Parents without Pregnancy: Adoption
308
The Single-Parent Family
311
Highlight: Father Absence in African American Homes
312
Debate The Issues: Should Parents Stay Home to Rear Their Children?
316
11 Family Life Stages: Middle Age to Surviving Spouse
319
What Research Tells Us Increasing Life Expectancy
321
Dealing with Change: Another Characteristic of the Strong, Healthy Family
321
The Graying of America
322
Middle Age: The Empty Nest
323
Highlight: How a Highly Trained Engineer Became a Bicycle-Repair Man
324
The Sandwich Generation: Caught in the Middle
325
Retirement
329
Widowhood as the Last Stage of Marriage
333
Highlight: Doctor's Wife
335
The Adjustment Process and Remarriage
335
Highlight: Remarriage after the Loss of a Spouse
337
The Grandparenting Role
337
Highlight: Death of a Young Wife: A Young Father Alone
338
Highlight: Becoming Parents Again after Your Children Are Raised
341
Older but Coming on Strong
342
Debate The Issues: Should Physicians Help Terminally III Patients Commit Suicide?
344
12 The Importance of Making Sound Economic Decisions
347
What Research Tells Us GNI per Capita in Various Countries
350
What Research Tells Us Median Income of Households and Families
350
Slowly Drowning in a Sea of Debt
352
What Research Tells Us: Is College Worth It?
353
What Research Tells Us How Much Do Americans Owe?
354
Making Decisions: Compare Your Attitudes about Money
355
Making Good Credit, Borrowing, and Installment-Buying Decisions
355
Discount Interest: Consumer Purchases
356
Simple Interest: Home Loans
357
Financial Problems and Marital Strain
358
The Seductive Society: Credit and Advertising
359
Effective Money Management
360
To Pool or Not to Pool Family Money?
361
Allocation of Funds: Who Makes the Spending Decisions?
362
Budgeting: Enlightened Control of Spending
362
Making Decisions: How to Budget Your Income
363
Saving through Wise Spending
364
Making Decisions: Budget Worksheet
365
The Economy and Black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Single-Parent Families
367
Inflation and Recession
368
Inflation
368
Families Around The World: Mexico: The Middle-Class Family
370
Periods of Reduced Inflation and Mild Recession
372
Deciding What Insurance Is Needed
373
Medical Insurance
373
Automobile Insurance
373
Home Owner's Insurance
373
Life Insurance
374
Deciding to Buy a Home
374
The Decision to Invest
376
Highlight: You Can Still Make a Million Dollars
378
Debate The Issues: Credit: Is Credit The Way to Economic Freedom?
381
13 The Dual-Earner Family: The Real American Revolution
383
Women and the Economy
384
What Research Tells Us: Women in the Workforce
385
Job Opportunities for Women
386
Pay Differentials between Men and Women
388
Making the Decision to Become a Two-Earner Family
391
The Employed Wife's Economic Contribution to the Family
392
Community Service and the Employed Wife
394
Household Activities and Supermothers
394
Deciding in Favor of Part-Time Work
397
Child Care and Parental Leave
398
Stay-at-Home Moms
400
Employers, Pregnant Employees, and Employed Mothers
401
Home-Based Work
403
Marital Satisfaction in the Two-Earner Family
404
Work and Family: Sources of Conflict
405
Jobs, Occupations, and Careers
408
Dual-Career Families
408
Commuter Marriage and/or the Weekend Family
408
Debate The Issues: Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Pervasive?
411
14 Family Crises
413
Coping with Crises
414
Highlight: Types of Stressor Events
415
Stress: Healthy and Unhealthy
415
Crisis Management
419
Highlight: Agencies That Can Help with Various Crises
420
Defense Mechanisms
420
Death in the Family
422
Natural Causes
422
Ambiguous Loss
422
Suicide and Homicide
423
Firearm Mortality
426
Grief and Bereavement
426
Accidents, Injuries, and Catastrophic Illness
428
Making Decisions: The Case of the Weinstein Family
429
Family Violence
430
Violence between Partners
430
Child Abuse
431
Sibling Abuse
433
Peer Abuse
433
Highlight: Repressed Memories of Incest
434
Parental Abuse by Children
435
Factors Associated with Family Violence
435
Poverty and Unemployment
436
Children and Poverty
438
The Military Family in the Time of War
439
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
441
Drugs and Drug Abuse
441
Alcohol
442
Debate The Issues: Should Drugs Be Legalized?
447
15 The Dissolution of Marriage
449
Let No One Put Asunder
450
What Research Tells Us: Divorce Facts
451
Reasons for America's High Divorce Rate
452
Emotional Divorce and the Emotions of Divorce
454
Highlight: Not One Divorce but Six
456
Highlight: Divorce: Constant Self-Questioning
457
Divorce but Not the End of the Relationship
458
Making Decisions: What Changes Must Be Made with Divorce?
459
Problems of the Newly Divorced
459
Economic Consequences
460
Children and Divorce
463
Types of Child Custody
465
What Research Tells Us The Children of Divorce
466
Learning to Coparent
468
Highlight: Divorce and Dad
469
Divorce: The Legalities
469
Some Cautions about No-Fault Divorce
472
Divorce Counseling and Mediation
473
Reducing Divorce Rates
474
Divorce May Not Be the Answer
475
Debate The Issues: Should Couples Stay Together for the Sake of the Children?
480
16 Remarriage: A Growing Way of American Life
481
Returning to Single Life
484
Cohabitation as a Courtship Step to Remarriage
486
Remarriage: Will I Make the Same Mistakes Again?
486
Highlight: Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice
488
Family Law and Stepfamilies
490
Child-Support Obligations
491
Custody and Visitation of Stepchildren
491
His, Hers, and Ours: The Stepfamily
492
Highlight: How to Ruin a Remarriage
495
Highlight: The Ten Commandments of Stepparenting
496
Weekend Visits of the Noncustodial Child
496
Dealing with Sexuality in the Stepfamily
498
Highlight: How Much Closer Can We Get?
499
The New Extended Family
499
Building Stepfamily Strengths
500
The Prenuptial Agreement
501
Mediation to Settle Conflicts and Other Prevention Programs
501
Debate The Issues: Fatherless America: Can a Stepfather Take the Place of a Biological Father?
504
17 Actively Seeking Marital Growth and Fulfillment
507
"And They Lived Happily Ever After"
509
Highlight: Economic Success, Marital Failure
511
Highlight: Self-Improvement, Marital Failure
512
Marriage Improvement Programs
513
Guidelines for Choosing Marriage Improvement Programs
515
Highlight: A Family Life Enrichment Weekend
517
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: Marriage Enrichment
518
Highlight: Marriage Encounter
520
Marriage with Purpose: Effective Management
521
In the Future, the Family Will Remain and Diversify
523
Appendix A Sexually Transmitted Diseases527
Appendix B Contraceptive Methods537
Glossary545
References549
Author Index583
Subject Index595

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