Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices, and Constraints (4th Edition)

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For courses in Marriage and Family, Sociology of Family, Family Studies/Relationships in departments of Sociology, Family Studies, and Psychology. Exceptionally comprehensive, innately interesting, and extremely readable, this best-selling text introduces students to the study of contemporary marriages and families in ways to which they can easily relate. It examines the diversity of American families-giving equal attention to all racial, ethnic, and other societal groups-and examines not only the choices, but the constraints that often limit our family-related choices today. This open-minded approach, combined with a set of practical guidelines presented in each chapter, encourages students to think and act for themselves-and thereby join the effort to resolve some of the crucial issues confronting 21st century families. Although written from a sociological perspective, the text incorporates material from other disciplines as well-e.g., history, economics, social work, psychology, law, biology, and anthropology-all supported by both quantitative and qualitative research-most from the mid to late 1990s.

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Widely adopted in its first edition, this textbook introduces students to the study of marriage and the family in ways that they can easily relate to. In a straightforward and balanced manner, giving equal attention to people of all racial, ethnic, and other societal groups, the author shows students that as families continue to change, they have more and more choices, but that those choices are also subject to often serious constraints on both the macro and micro level. The author's open–minded approach encourages students to think for themselves, and practical guidelines in every chapter encourage them to go beyond thought to action--to become part of the effort to resolve some of the crucial issues that confront all twenty–first–century families.

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Continue your studies online with the Marriages and Families Companion Website™.
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Prentice Hall's exclusive Companion Website™ that accompanies Marriages and Families, 4/E, offers unique tools and support that make it easy for you to integrate this online study guide with the textbook. The site is a comprehensive resource organized according to the chapters in the text and features a variety of learning modules:

  • Interactive Study Guide contains chapter outlines, chapter quizzes, relevant web links, census updates, and surveys to help you define your goals.
  • ContentSelect research database, available around the clock from your computer using a special passcode, offers you access to hundreds of academic journal articles and magazines that are directly related to the disciplines of sociology and family studies.
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