This introductory textbook is for students who are interested in learning about and establishing healthy marriage, family, and intimate relationships. With divorce rates high and relationships fragile, books and courses are needed that help students address important issues regarding relationships. The readers of this text examine many important and relevant issues through the lens of theory and research and do so using a written format that is readable, understandable, and easy to apply to oneís life. It was written so that each chapter has information that readers will find helpful as they attempt to establish and maintain meaningful, healthy relationships. There are questions throughout ...
Feminist research is having an increasing impact on the study of families and close relationships. In this book, each contributor traces her or his experience of incorporating gender into a research programme informed by feminist ideas, methods and ethics. This personal statement is then used to reflexively examine the author's own work, as well as the work of others, on many of the central topics in the study of families and close relationships - love, caregiving, sexuality, friendship, ageing, work and violence.
This volume provides an up-to-date overview of recent research concerning the links between family and peer systems. Considerable work in the past has focused on family issues or peer relationships, but these systems have typically been considered separately. This volume bridges the gap across these two important socialization contexts and provides insights into the processes that account for the links across the systems -- the ways in which the relationships between these systems shift across development. In addition, the variations in the links between family and peers are illustrated by cross-cultural work, studies of abused children, and research on the impact of maternal depression. In short, the volume provides not only a convenient overview of recent progress but lays out an agenda for future research.
Directed towards researchers and practitioners in family studies and gerontology, this completely revised Second Edition of Family Relationships in Later Life provides an innovative new collection of research-based descriptions on family relations of older people. Each chapter summarizes existing literature on the topic and provides up-to-date original research. Topics addressed include: sibling relationships in later life; widowhood; ethnic differences; elder abuse and mistreatment; family care; and health problems.
A survival guide for people involved in family businesses, where personal issues can mix with financial interdependencies and work grievances to cause professional failures that are independent of bad management, market conditions, or financial constraints.
This book offers a new approach to scrutinising the co-existence of both care and abuse in relationships. Discourse analysis is introduced as a method of investigating relationships, policy and literature in informal care and analytic tools are considered alongside case-studies to illustrate how both parties construct their relationship.
Offers a conceptual approach to understanding 'personal life', which realigns empirical research with theoretical analysis. This work emphasises ideas of connectedness, relationality and embeddedness, rejecting many of the assumptions found in theories of individualisation and de-traditionalisation by authors such as Beck and Beck Gernsheim.
The roles network members play in the lives of African-American and Caucasian parents in the U.S. and parents in Sweden, Wales, and Germany are documented and compared in a ground-breaking study of how personal networks evolve and how they affect and are affected by development.