Families Across the Life Course by White, Martin, and Bartolic provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues surrounding marriage and the family. Taking a traditional, life course approach to the topic, it traces the diversity of paths that social relationships can take during their development. The text’s interdisciplinary approach analyses issues not just from a sociological perspective, but also includes research from family studies, economics, political science, and demography.
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James M. White is a Professor at the University of British Columbia who is known internationally for his work in the area of family theory. His first book, Dynamics of Family Development, developed a new approach to family development. Besides his interests in sociological theory, family theory and development, he also has research interests in marital interaction, family structure and cohabitation. He is currently Editor for the Journal of Comparative Family Studies and has served as past President of the Northwest Council on Family Relations, and past Chair of the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop (TCRM) hosted by the National Council on Family Relations. In 2004, Dr. White was designated as a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations in the United States for his contributions to the study of the family.
Todd F. Martin currently teaches at Trinity Western University and has also been teaching at the University of British Columbia for ten years. In addition to his interests in religion and family, he also has research interests in the interaction of the institutions of work and family as well as cohabitation and union formation patterns over the life course. He is a member of the National Council on Family Relations.
Silvia Bartolic currently teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and for the Psychology Department at Athabasca University (online). Her research interests currently centrer on couple relationship determinants of health and well-being throughout the life course. More specifically, her research examines internal beliefs and motivations, relationship dynamics, as well as larger social contextual factors that are associated with stability and health over time. Her other research areas include: marriage, family, and contextual effects on obesity; perceptions of risk in relationships; models of divorce and stability; and media use. Review:
“ Overall, I found this to be an excellent text....The text is well organized, has relevant content, is neither too long nor too short, and is written at an appropriate level for college level/university level students.”
—Wendi Hadd, John Abott College
“The use of opening vignettes is an excellent way to engage students in a real world learning discussion. I believe these would be a great place to input some diversity of experience and perspective....The use of ‘connectors’ at end of chapters is another great way to build interest and engage the interweb for further learning—good sites and sources here.”
—Andrew Buntin, George Brown College
“This text is good since it focuses narrowly on the life course of families and provides very comprehensive topics.”
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Book Description Pearson Education Canada, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110132951320