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Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman and Teresa M. Cooney's Families in Context introduces foundational ideas and concepts about families and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. This comprehensive but concise paperback--written in clear, student-friendly language--fills the following needs not being met by existing texts:

* The text is structured consistently, featuring an overarching framework that combines family systems theory and ecological systems theory. This approach bridges both micro- and macro-perspectives on families.

* Each chapter places families squarely within their respective environments--their neighborhood, community, and national context--and provides conceptual linkages between the different aspects of family life.

* Diversity is integrated into each chapter. * The text's emphasis on social context allows the exploration of families in at least three ways: (1) how individuals live out their intimate experiences within families and communities; (2) the impact of family groups on their neighborhoods and communities, and vice versa; and (3) the ways in which the larger social contexts influence families within different class levels and racial groups.

* The book's brevity and reasonable price allow ample time for instructors to easily supplement their courses with additional materials.

Each chapter opens with a "Did You Know?" box, detailing ideas related to chapter content and preparing students for the chapter's topics. Similarly, a box entitled "Things to Think About" offers questions, definitions, or comments intended to provoke students' critical thinking.

The text provides a "hands-on" approach by featuring critical-thinking activities at the end of each chapter, enabling students to apply learned concepts and principles. Finally, additional readings and a glossary of relevant theoretical concepts are provided.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Studying Families: Micro and Macro Perspectives

Families, Communities, Society: Interconnections

What Is a System?

Families as Small Groups

The Family as an Institution

Ecological Systems Perspective

Diversity Among Families

Family Structure

Sex and Gender Differences

Methods for Studying Families

Chapter 2: Commitment: To Self, Family, Community

The Importance of Commitment

Commitment to Self

Socialization: The Creation of Identities and the Self

Commitment to Family

The Big Picture: Commitment to Community

Chapter 3: Developing Close Relationships: Making Lifestyle Choices

Building Intimate Relationships

Social and Behavioral Processes That Bring Couples Together

Lifestyle Choices

The Big Picture: The Influence of Macrolevel Forces on the Formation of Intimate Relationships

Sex, Sexuality, and Gender Roles

Chapter 4: Maintaining Intimacy: Marriage and Enduring Unions

Marriage Patterns: Historical Trends and Racial and Social Class Differences

Transition to Marriage

Accompanying Marriage

The Internal Dynamics of Marriage

The Big Picture

Chapter 5: Moving Through the Life Cycle: Family Experiences in Early to Middle


The Transition to Parenthood


Parenting Changes From Childhood Through Adolescence

Sibling Relationships in Childhood

Couple Subsystems

The Big Picture: Historical Change Affecting Young Families

Chapter 6: Moving Through the Life Cycle: Family Experiences in Middle to Late


Renegotiating Parent-Child Relationships in Late Adolescence and Early Adulthood

Adjusting to the Empty Nest Period

Parents and Children in Middle to Late Adulthood

Aged Parents and Adult Children

Marital Relations in Middle to Late Adulthood

Adult Sibling Relations


Experiencing the Death of Family Members

The Big Picture: Societal Influences on Family Relationships Across Adulthood

Chapter 7: Balancing Work and Family

Labor Force Participation

Work-Family Spillover

Household Division of Labor

Housework in Different Types of Families

Cohabitation, Marriage, Remarriage, and Housework Contributions

The Fairness Issue

Changing Norms: What Has Changed?

Children's Work

Effects of Unemployment on the Family


The Big Picture: Family and Work in the Larger Society Macrosystem

Chapter 8: Family Transitions: Divorce, Single Parenting, Remarriage


Parenting After Divorce

Children in Single-Parent Households

Remarriage and Stepparenting

Death as the Cause of Marital Dissolution

The Big Picture: Family Transitions in a Social Context

Chapter 9: Distressed Families: The Darker Side of Family Life

Partner Violence

The Demographics of Partner Violence

Marital Rape

Violence Among Same-Sex Couples

Child Maltreatment

Abuse of Siblings and Parents

Elder Abuse and Neglect

Alcoholism and Substance Addiction

Children Who Run Away

If They Are Family, Why Are They Mistreated?

The Big Picture: The Social and Cultural Context of Violence

Chapter 10: Families in a Social Context: The Big Picture

Beyond the Family Microsystem

Governmental Exosystem and Macro-Level Influences


Author Index

Subject Index

Product Details

Ihinger-tallman, Marilyn
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Teresa M.
null, Marilyn
Ihinger-Tallman, Marilyn
Cooney, Teresa M.
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Sociology | Marriage
Sociology | Marriage and Family
Sociology-Children and Family
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