Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints (6th Edition)

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Exceptionally comprehensive, innately interesting, and extremely readable, this best-seller introduces readers 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 learners to think and act for themselves–and thereby join the effort to resolve some of the crucial issues confronting 21st century families. A six-part organization places marriage and the family in perspective, looks at the individual and developing relationships, as well as the individual and marital commitments, considers parents and children, explores conflicts and crises, and offers an understanding of changes and transitions. For those interested in a complete and current study of marital and family relationships in America.

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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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This acclaimed book introduces readers to the study of marriage and the family in ways to which they can easily relate. In a straightforward and balanced manner—giving equal attention to people of all racial, ethnic, and other societal groups—the author guides readers through the choices and challenges facing today's ever-changing families. This open-minded approach, combined with a set of practical guidelines presented in each chapter, encourage readers to think and act for themselves, thus joining the effort to resolve some of the crucial issues confronting 21st century families. The Third Edition has been revised and updated to incorporate the latest research findings, new material on families in other societies, and the most recent available data accessed from the Internet and current literature.

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