Marriages & families in the 21st century : a bioecological approach / Tasha R. Howe.
By: Howe, Tasha R.Material type: BookPublisher: Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 494, 14, 38, 10 pages) : illustrations (some color).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781444344714; 1444344714; 9781444344684; 1444344684.Other title: Marriages and families in the 21st century.Subject(s): Families -- United States | Families | Marriage -- United States | PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychotherapy -- Couples & Family | FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Siblings | Families | Marriage | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Marriages & families in the 21st century.DDC classification: 306.8750973/09051 Online resources: Wiley Online Library
"Marriages and Families in the 21st Century provides an in-depth exploration of a traditional field of study using a new and engaging approach. The text covers all the important issues--including parenting, divorce, aging families, balancing work and family, family violence, and gender issues--using a bioecological framework that takes into account our status as both biological and social beings. Using this lens, which emphasizes the individual's interactions with a series of larger systemic influences--from family, peers, neighbors and teachers, to schools, media, institutions and culture--the book creates a cohesive overview of modern family life and helps students visualize the complex influences affecting all people in families. It also examines the state of modern families using a strengths-based approach, which allows students to evaluate the health and functioning of a family considering the biological and cultural milieu in which it exists, rather than on its observable structure or appearance alone. Individual chapters cover historical and cultural trends and also explore the biological, personal, and social forces that shape individuals and families. Each chapter investigates the wide diversity of human relationships and integrates discussions of ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and gender seamlessly into the main narrative. In addition, the book explores recent research in neuroscience, medicine, and biopsychology to examine how family relationships are shaped by and also influence individuals' biological functioning"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface and Acknowledgements -- 1. The changing American family -- 2. How we study the family (Theories and research methods) -- 3. Sex and gender. -- 4. Sexualities. -- 5. Dating and mate selection. -- 6. Love. -- 7. Marriages and committed partnerships. -- 8. Living single. -- 9. Reproduction and parenting. -- 10. The economy of working families: balancing mental, physical, and financial Health in the 21st century. -- 11. Families in crisis: violence, abuse, and neglect. -- 12. Divorce and remarriage. -- 13. Growing older in families. -- 14. The Evolution of families in the 21st Century. --Glossary of key terms. --References. -- Index.
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