Families in Context: An Introduction

Paperback | December 17, 2004

byMarilyn Ihinger-tallman, Teresa M. Cooney

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Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman and Teresa M. Cooney's Families in Context introduces foundational ideas and concepts about families and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. This comprehensive but concise paperback--written in clear, student-friendlylanguage--fills the following needs not being met by existing texts: * The text is structured consistently, featuring an overarching framework that combines family systems theory and ecological systems theory. This approach bridges both micro- and macro-perspectives on families. * Each chapter places families squarely within their respective environments--their neighborhood, community, and national context--and provides conceptual linkages between the different aspects of family life. * Diversity is integrated into each chapter. * The text's emphasis on social context allows the exploration of families in at least three ways: (1) how individuals live out their intimate experiences within families and communities; (2) the impact of family groups on their neighborhoods andcommunities, and vice versa; and (3) the ways in which the larger social contexts influence families within different class levels and racial groups. * The book's brevity and reasonable price allow ample time for instructors to easily supplement their courses with additional materials. Each chapter opens with a "Did You Know?" box, detailing ideas related to chapter content and preparing students for the chapter's topics. Similarly, a box entitled "Things to Think About" offers questions, definitions, or comments intended to provoke students' critical thinking. The text provides a "hands-on" approach by featuring critical-thinking activities at the end of each chapter, enabling students to apply learned concepts and principles. Finally, additional readings and a glossary of relevant theoretical concepts are provided. A comprehensive electronic Instructor's Manual/Testing Program accompanies the text--as well as a dedicated Website. In addition, an Interactive Student Study Guide is available.

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Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman and Teresa M. Cooney's Families in Context introduces foundational ideas and concepts about families and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. This comprehensive but concise paperback--written in clear, student-friendlylanguage--fills the following needs not being met ...

Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman is at Washington State University. Teresa M. Cooney is at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:414 pages, 7.91 × 10 × 0.79 inPublished:December 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195330250

ISBN - 13:9780195330250

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Chapter 1: Studying Families: Micro and Macro PerspectivesFamilies, Communities, Society: InterconnectionsWhat Is a System?Families as Small GroupsThe Family as an InstitutionEcological Systems PerspectiveDiversity Among FamiliesFamily StructureSex and Gender DifferencesMethods for Studying FamiliesChapter 2: Commitment: To Self, Family, CommunityThe Importance of CommitmentCommitment to SelfSocialization: The Creation of Identities and the SelfCommitment to FamilyThe Big Picture: Commitment to CommunityChapter 3: Developing Close Relationships: Making Lifestyle ChoicesBuilding Intimate RelationshipsSocial and Behavioral Processes That Bring Couples TogetherLifestyle ChoicesThe Big Picture: The Influence of Macrolevel Forces on the Formation of Intimate RelationshipsSex, Sexuality, and Gender RolesChapter 4: Maintaining Intimacy: Marriage and Enduring UnionsMarriage Patterns: Historical Trends and Racial and Social Class DifferencesTransition to MarriageAccompanying MarriageThe Internal Dynamics of MarriageThe Big PictureChapter 5: Moving Through the Life Cycle: Family Experiences in Early to MiddleAdulthoodThe Transition to ParenthoodParentingParenting Changes From Childhood Through AdolescenceSibling Relationships in ChildhoodCouple SubsystemsThe Big Picture: Historical Change Affecting Young FamiliesChapter 6: Moving Through the Life Cycle: Family Experiences in Middle to LateAdulthoodRenegotiating Parent-Child Relationships in Late Adolescence and Early AdulthoodAdjusting to the Empty Nest PeriodParents and Children in Middle to Late AdulthoodAged Parents and Adult ChildrenMarital Relations in Middle to Late AdulthoodAdult Sibling RelationsGrandparentingExperiencing the Death of Family MembersThe Big Picture: Societal Influences on Family Relationships Across AdulthoodChapter 7: Balancing Work and FamilyLabor Force ParticipationWork-Family SpilloverHousehold Division of LaborHousework in Different Types of FamiliesCohabitation, Marriage, Remarriage, and Housework ContributionsThe Fairness IssueChanging Norms: What Has Changed?Children's WorkEffects of Unemployment on the FamilyRetirementThe Big Picture: Family and Work in the Larger Society MacrosystemChapter 8: Family Transitions: Divorce, Single Parenting, RemarriageDivorceParenting After DivorceChildren in Single-Parent HouseholdsRemarriage and StepparentingDeath as the Cause of Marital DissolutionThe Big Picture: Family Transitions in a Social ContextChapter 9: Distressed Families: The Darker Side of Family LifePartner ViolenceThe Demographics of Partner ViolenceMarital RapeViolence Among Same-Sex CouplesChild MaltreatmentAbuse of Siblings and ParentsElder Abuse and NeglectAlcoholism and Substance AddictionChildren Who Run AwayIf They Are Family, Why Are They Mistreated?The Big Picture: The Social and Cultural Context of ViolenceChapter 10: Families in a Social Context: The Big PictureBeyond the Family MicrosystemGovernmental Exosystem and Macro-Level InfluencesReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index