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Families as Relationships

Robert M. Milardo (Editor), Steve Duck (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-49152-1
262 pages
August 2000
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The field of family studies has recently seen the development of a more specialized focus on the character of particular relationships. The nature of these relationships may take many forms but typically involves individuals who view themselves as a unit with a long-term commitment to continue their relationship. Traditionally, at least in western societies, families are defined in terms of two parents living together with responsibility for rearing their children. However, these so-called nuclear families are becoming a rarer phenomenon. Single-parent families, childless couples, lesbian or gay male couples are also all represented in the broad mix of relations referred to as families. Each of the chapters in this book deals with a primary relationship issue. These include:
* issues of early marriage
* how young relationships become enduring relationships
* parent and child relations
* conflict between partners
* the interface between work and family life
* marital quality and maintenance
* divorce and its impact on the family
* aging and older families
This volume provides a useful reference for professionals whose research and/or clinical practice focuses on family relationship issues. This book is also intended for advanced students in the areas of sociology, close relationships and family sciences. Families as Relationships is one of a series of paperbacks dedicated to the study and application of processes by which individuals relate to each other in social and family settings. Each book provides an expanded and up-to-date version of a section in the original Handbook of Personal Relationships (second edition) edited by Steve Duck.
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About the Editors

About the Authors

Introduction

Robert M. Milardo and Steve Duck

1 Constructing Gender in Families

Katherine R. Allen and Alexis J. Walker

2 The Early Years of Marriage

Joseph Veroff, Amy Young and Heather M. Coon

3 Parent--Child Relations Across Adulthood

Teresa M. Cooney

4 Marital Quality

Esther S. Kluwer

5 Strategies of Couple Conflict

Renate C. A. Klein and Michael P. Johnson

6 Work and Family from a Dyadic Perspective: Variations in Inequality

Ann C. Crouter, and Heather Helms-Erikson

7 Social Networks and Marital Relationships

Robert M. Milardo and Graham Allan

8 Divorce: Societal Ill or Normative Transition?

Mark A. Fine and David H. Demo

9 Personal Relationships in Later Life Families

Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford and Rosemary Blieszner

10 Family Life as an Experiential Quilt

Steve Duck, Linda K. Acitelli and John H. Nicholson

References

Author Index

Subject Index
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