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Marriages and Families in the 21st Century

Marriages and Families in the 21st Century
A Bioecological Approach

Third Edition

February 2023 | 752 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Marriages and Families in the Twenty-First Century: A Bioecological Approach, Tasha R. Howe's unique micro-to-macro perspective invites all readers to explore the full complexity of contemporary relationships and family structures within their ever-changing social, cultural, psychological, and biological frameworks. The illuminating narrative leads students into the future of the field by uniting the latest developmental science with everyday examples that place the individual within the context of family, peers, neighbors, teachers, schools, media, religious institutions, and culture. The Third Edition encourages students to analyze and apply the material with abundant self-reflection exercises, self-assessments, case studies, and critical-thinking questions, providing them with a firm grasp of the research as well as concrete tools to use in their own lives, relationships, and careers.

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Chapter 1: The Changing American Family
Chapter 2: How We Study the Family: Theories and Research Methods
Chapter 3: Sex and Gender
Chapter 4: Sexualities
Chapter 5: Dating and Mate Selection
Chapter 6: Love
Chapter 7: Marriages and Committed Partnerships
Chapter 8: Living Single
Chapter 9: Reproduction and Parenting
Chapter 10: The Economy of Working Families: Balancing Mental, Physical, and Financial Health in the 21st Century
Chapter 11: Families in Crisis: Violence, Abuse, and Neglect
Chapter 12: Divorce and Remarriage
Chapter 13: Growing Older in Families
Chapter 14: The Evolution of Families in the 21st Century
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"Howe does a superb job of keeping students reminded of the multiple influences on family and individual. Many textbooks are missing this organizational element."

Alicia Drais-Parrillo
The Pennsylvania State University

"I like that the author blends history, anthropology, psychology, biology & sociology into one text. It is how this topic must be addressed."

Andrea G. Weyermann
Georgia State University

"I like how the author is careful to address different ethnicities and types of couples (e.g., multi-racial; gay/lesbian; etc.), esp. vis-à-vis the standard North American family."

Mo Therese Hannah
Siena College

"The author found ways to bring 'the self' into the discussion on relationships. Students really need to relate, and the author finds many ways to open that up for students."

Carol Fealey
Farmingdale State College