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Family Issues Reader

by Constance Shehan SAGE Publications, Inc
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Pbk 712 pages
AU$157.00 NZ$160.00
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The Family Issues Reader is a collection of articles from the Journal of Family Issues (SAGE), one of the leading publications in the field, of Family Science. Journal Editor Constance L. Shehan has selected, edited, and introduced each reading. The organization follows the scope and sequence of the leading sociology of the family/marriage and family texts, with sections on relationship formation, singlehood, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage and marital quality, adoption, divorce, families in later life, intergenerational families, family violence, and family policies. Instead of having separate sections on race, class, and gender, articles focusing on these topics (individually and the way they intersect) are be integrated into other sections.

Part 1: Forming Intimate Relationships
Conventions of Courtship: Gender and Race Differences in the Significance - Pamela Braboy Jackson, Sibyl Kleiner, Claudia Geist, and Kara Cebulko
Online Dating in middle and Later Life: Gendered Expectations and Experiences - Summer McWilliams, and Anne E. Barrett
Direct and Indirect Messages African American Women Receive From Their Familial Networks About Intimate Relationships and Sex: The Intersecting Influence of Race, Gender, and Class - Christina M. Grange, Sarah Jane Brubaker, and Maya A. Corneille
Do as I Say, Not as I Did: How Parents Talk With Early Adolescents About Sex - Jennifer M. Grossman, Linda Charmaraman, and Sumru Erkut
Praying for Mr. Right? Religion, Family Background, and Marital Expectations Among College Women - Christopher G. Ellison (Praying), Amy M. Burdette, and Norval D. Glenn
“When Are You Getting Married?a The Intergenerational Transmission of Attitudes Regarding Marital Timing and Marital Importance - Brian J. Willoughby, Jason S. Carroll, Jennifer M. Vitas, and Lauren M. Hill
Part 2: The Meaning of Marriage
He Says, She Says: Gender and Cohabitation - Penelope M. Huang, Pamela J. Smock, Wendy D. Manning, and Cara A. Bergstrom-Lynch
Waiting to Be Asked: Gender, Power, and Relationship Progression Among Cohabiting Couples - Sharon Sassler, and Amanda J. Miller
“I'm a Loser, I'm Not Married, Let's Just All Look at Mea: Ever-Single Women's Perceptions of Their Social Environment - Elizabeth A. Sharp, and Lawrence Ganong
“Marriage Is More Than Being Togethera: The Meaning of Marriage for Young Adults - Maria J. Kefalas, Frank F. Furstenberg, Patrick J. Carr, and Laura Napolitano
Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Meaning of Marriage Among Black Men - Tera R. Hurt
Part 3: Dynamics and Quality of Intimate Relationships
Romantic Relationships Following Wartime Deployment - Gunner Karakut, Abigail Tolhurst Christiansen, Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, and Howard M.Weiss
Reconstructing Marital Closeness While Caring for a Spouse With Alzheimer's - Craig Boylstein, and Jeanne Hayes
Explaining Couple Cohesion in Different Types of Gay Families - Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Kay Pasley, Margaret Crosbie-Burnett, and Erin King
Religiosity, Homogamy, and Marital Adjustment: An Examination of Newlyweds in First Marriages and Remarriages - David G. Schramm, James P. Marshall, Victor W. Harris, and Thomas R. Lee
A Longitudinal Investigation of Commitment Dynamics in Cohabiting Relationships - Galena K. Rhoades, Scott M. Stanley, and Howard J. Markman
Part 4: Violence in Intimate Relationships
Abused Husbands, A Narrative Analysis - Todd A. Migliaccio
Physical Health Effects of Intimate Partner Abuse - Carrie LeFevre Sillito
Intimate Partner Violence and Coparenting Across the Transition of Parenthood - Marni L. Kan, Mark E. Feinberg, and Anna R. Solmeyer
Parenting in Adolescence and Young Adult Intimate Partner Violence - Peggy C. Giordano, Wendi L. Johnson, Wendy D. Manning, and Monica A. Longmore
Part 5: Instability and Dissolution of Intimate Relationships
Wives' Economic Resources and Risk of Divorce - Jay Teachman
Unique Matching Patterns in Remarriage: Educational Assortative Mating Among Divorced Men and Women - Kevin Shafer
Religion and Attitudes Toward Divorce Laws Among U.S. Adults - Charles E. Stokes, and Christopher G. Ellison
“The Kids Still Come Firsta: Creating Family Stability During Partnership Instability in Rural, Low-Income Families - Yoshie Sano, Margaret M. Manoogian, and Lenna L. Ontai
Part 6: Becoming a Parent
Is Adoption an Option? The Role of Importance of Motherhood and Fertility Help-Seeking in Considering Adoption - Nicholas K. Park, and Patricia Wonch Hill
Intercountry Versus Transracial Adoption: Analysis of Adoptive Parents' Motivations and Preferences in Adoption - Yuanting Zhang, and Gary R. Lee
Donor-Shared Siblings or Genetic Strangers: New Families, Clans, and the Internet - Rosanna Hertz, and Jane Mattes
The Desire for Parenthood: Gay Men Choosing to Become Parents Through Surrogacy - Dean A. Murphy
Childlessness, Parenthood, and Depressive Symptoms Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults - Regina M. Bures, Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, and Michael Loree
Part 7: Parenting
Dads Who Do Diapers: Factors Affecting Care of Young Children by Fathers - Akiko Yoshida
Changes in the Culture Model of Father Involvement: Descriptions of Benefits to Fathers, Children, and Mothers in Parents' Magazine, 1926-2006 - Melissa A. Milkie, Kathleen E. Denny
Who Cares for the Kids? Caregiving and Parenting in Disney Films - Jeanne Holcomb, Kenzie Latham, and Daniel Fernandez-Baca
Intensive Mothering Beliefs Among Full-Time Employed Mothers of Infants - Jill K. Walls, Heather M. Helms, and Joseph G. Grzywacz
Being a Good Mom: Low-Income, Black Single Mothers Negotiate Intensive Mothering - Sinikka Elliott, and Rachel Powell, and Joslyn Brenton
“Raising Him . . . to Pull His Own Weighta: Boys' Household Work in Single- Mother Households - Clara W. Berridge, and Jennifer L. Romich
Teaching and Learning Color Consciousness in Black Families: Exploring Family Processes and Women's Experiences With Colorism - JeffriAnne Wilder, and Colleen Cain
“I Am Not Going to Lose My Kids to the Streetsa: Meanings and Experiences of Motherhood Among Mexican-Origin Women - J. Maria Bermudez, Lisa M. Zak-Hunter, Morgan A. Stinson, and Bertranna A.Abrams
Part 8: Work, Economics, and Social Class
“For the Good of Our Familya: Men's Attitudes Toward Their Wives' Employment - Gayle Kaufman and Damian White
Making Ends Meet: Insufficiency and Work–Family Coordination in the New Economy - Penny Edgell, Samantha K. Ammons, and Eric C. Dahlin
Economic Hardship and Adaptation Among Asian American Families - Masako Ishii-Kuntz, Jessica N. Gormel, Barbara J. Tinsley, and Ross D. Parke
Educational Aspirations, Expectations, and Realities for Middle- Income Families - Laura J. Napolitano, Shelley Pacholok, and Frank F. Furstenberg
Recession Jitters Among Professional Class Families: Perceptions of Economic Strain and Family Adjustments - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Kyung-Hee Lee, Erika Brooks-Hurst, and NaYeon Lee
Part 9: Intergenerational Relationships
Married Couples in Assisted Living: Adult Children's Experiences Providing Support - Candace L. Kemp
Perspectives on Extended Family and Fictive Kin in the Later Years: Strategies and Meanings of Kin Reinterpretation - Katherine R. Allen, Rosemary Blieszner, and Karen A. Roberto
The Intergenerational Effects of Relocation Policies on Indigenous Families - Melissa L. Walls and Les B. Whitbeck
Power, Resistance, and Emotional Economies in Women's Relationships With Mothers-in-Law in Chinese Immigrant Families - Kristy Y. Shih, and Karen Pyke
Familismo in Mexican and Dominican Families From Low-Income, Urban Communities - Esther J. Calzada, Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, and Hirokazu Yoshikawa