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Choices in Relationships

13th Edition


January 2020 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Now with SAGE Publishing!

Cutting edge and student-friendly, Choices in Relationships takes readers through the lifespan of relationships, marriages, and families, emphasizing research-based information that will help them make deliberate, informed choices in their interpersonal relationships. Authors David Knox, Caroline Schacht, and new co-author I. Joyce Chang draw on extensive research to challenge students to think critically about the choice-making process, consider the consequences involved with choices, view situations in a positive light, and understand that not making a choice is a choice after all. The extensively revised Thirteenth Edition reflects the rapidly changing world with over 700 new research citations, a new technology feature exploring its effect on relationships and choices, new and increased coverage of single and LGBTQIA individuals, an emphasis on cultural diversity and inclusiveness, and more.




 
Chapter 1: Choices in Relationships: An Introduction to Marriage, Family and Diversity
Choices in Relationships - View of the Text

 
Theoretical Frameworks for Viewing Marriage and the Family

 
Marriage

 
Family

 
Differences between Marriage and Family

 
Research Process and Caveats

 
Future of Marriage

 
 
Chapter 2: Love Relationships
Meanings of Love Today

 
Social Control of Love

 
Theories on the Origins of Love

 
How We Fall in Love

 
Love as a Context for Problems

 
Jealousy in Relationships

 
Polyamory

 
Future of Love Relationships

 
 
Chapter 3: Gender and Diversity
Terminology of Gender Roles

 
Theories of Gender Role Development

 
Agents of Socialization

 
Consequences of Traditional Gender Role Socialization

 
Changing Gender Roles

 
Future Gender Roles

 
 
Chapter 4: Singlehood, Cohabitation and Living Apart Together
Singlehood

 
Changes in "Dating"

 
Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Long-Distance Relationships

 
Cohabitation

 
Living Apart Together

 
Future of Singlehood, Cohabitation and LAT

 
 
Chapter 5: Selecting a Partner
Factors Involved in Selecting a Mate

 
Finding a Partner Online

 
Moving Toward Commitment

 
Love/Commitment

 
Important Considerations before you Say “I Do”

 
Future of Partner Selection

 
 
Chapter 6: Diversity in Marriage Relationships
Motivations for and Functions of Marriage

 
Marriage as a Commitment

 
Marriage as a Rite of Passage

 
Changes after Marriage

 
Diversity in Marriage

 
Marriage Quality

 
Future of Marriage Relationships

 
 
Chapter 7: LGBTQIA Relationships
Basic Terms

 
Problems with Identifying and Classifying Sexual Orientation

 
Origins of Sexual-Orientation Diversity

 
Heterosexism, Homonegativity, Homophobia, Biphobia, Binegativity and Transphobia

 
LGBTQ Relationships

 
Coming Out to Siblings, Parents, and Peers

 
Same-Sex Marriage

 
LGBTQ Parenting Issues

 
Future of LGBTQ Relationships

 
 
Chapter 8: Communication and Technology in Relationships
Interpersonal Communication

 
Gender, Culture, and Communication

 
Making Choices for Effective Communication

 
Self-Disclosure and Secrets

 
Dishonesty, Lying and Cheating

 
Technology Mediated Communication in Romantic Relationships

 
Technology and the Family: Cell Phone/Tech Etiquette

 
Conflict Resolution

 
Future of Communication

 
 
Chapter 9: Sexuality in Relationships
Sexual Values and Sexual Choices

 
Sex and Gender

 
Sexual Behaviors

 
Sexuality in Relationships

 
Being Sexually Safe

 
Sexual Fulfillment: Some Prerequisites

 
Future of Sexual Relationships

 
 
Chapter 10: Violence and Abuse in Relationships
Nature of Relationship Abuse

 
Recognizing and Resisting Abuse

 
Explanations for Violence and Abuse in Relationships

 
Sexual Coercion, Sexual Assault, and Rape

 
Abuse in Marriage and Relationships

 
Effects of Abuse

 
The Cycle of Abuse

 
Child, Parent, Sibling, and Elder Abuse

 
Future of Abuse in Relationships

 
 
Chapter 11: Planning for Parenthood
Do You Want to Have Children?

 
How Many Children Do You Want?

 
Teenage Parenthood

 
Infertility

 
Adoption

 
Sterilization

 
Abortion

 
Future of Planning for Children

 
 
Chapter 12: Diversity in Parenting
The Choices Perspective of Parenting

 
Transition to Parenthood

 
Parenthood: Some Facts

 
Child Rearing Theories

 
Principles of Effective Parenting

 
Single-Parent Issues

 
Empty Nest via Emigration of Children

 
Future of Parenting

 
 
Chapter 13: Money, Work and Relationships
Money and Relationships

 
Work, Relationships, and Families

 
Work and Family: Effects on Children

 
Balancing Work and Family Life

 
Balancing Work and Leisure Time

 
Future of Work and Family Time

 
 
Chapter 14: Stress and Crisis in Relationships
Personal Stress and Crisis Events

 
Positive Stress-Management Strategies

 
Harmful Stress-Management Strategies

 
Family Crisis Examples

 
Marriage and Family Therapy

 
Future of Stress and Crisis in Relationships

 
 
Chapter 15: Divorce, Remarriage and Stepfamilies
Definition and Prevalence of Divorce

 
Deciding Whether to End a Relationship

 
Macro Factors Contributing to Divorce

 
Micro Factors Contributing to Divorce

 
Consequences of Divorce for Spouses and Parents

 
Consequences of Divorce for Children

 
Prerequisites for Having a “Successful” Divorce

 
Remarriage

 
Stepfamilies

 
Future of Divorce and Remarriage

 
 
Chapter 16: The Later Years
Age and Ageism

 
Caregiving for the Frail

 
Issues Confronting the Elderly

 
Relationships across Time

 
Grandparenthood

 
The End of Life

 
Future of the Elderly in the United States

 
 
Appendix A: Self-Assessments
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • The Thirteenth Edition has been thoroughly revised and includes over 700 new research citations.
  • Technology and the Family sections are included in each chapter and explore how technology is the most pervasive influence on modern relationships today.
  • Updated discussions of African American, Immigrant, Asian American, and Polyamorous “Poly” marriages and families are reflective of American culture.
  • Each chapter includes original and updated data on the topic being discussed, derived by 13,000 respondents to 100 relationship questions.
  • One or more new Self-Assessment boxes are included in each chapter and provide scales for students to measure a particular aspect of themselves or their relationships.
  • New Applying Social Research boxes in each chapter specify how new research may be applied to interpersonal relationships.
  • A new The Future of section at the end of each chapter features the authors predicting, based on trends found in the latest research studies, what the future is likely to hold for marriage, singlehood, parenting, divorce/remarriage, and other chapter topics.

KEY FEATURES:

  • The themes of cultural diversity and inclusiveness are throughout all chapters.
  • Each chapter includes a Technology insert relevant to the discussed topic and how these advances require choices that have positive outcomes for individuals, couples, and families.
  • Policies relevant to marriage and the family are in each chapter.
  • The Personal Choices feature presents detailed discussions of personal choice dilemmas, challenging students to think critically and work through how they would approach choices in a variety of complex situations.
  • Original data from over 13,000 respondents, collected by the authors and their colleagues, are included.
  • This new edition features the Special Topics section on marriage and family careers and state of the art information about contraception and STIs.
  • Each chapter ends with a summary formatted as questions and answers, with each relating to the chapter's Learning Objectives.
  • Key terms are defined and featured in the margin of the text as well as the glossary.
  • Helpful web links are at the end of each chapter.

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