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Sociology: family & relationships

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Sharing it all The Rewards and Struggles of Two-Career Families

Sharing it all The Rewards and Struggles of Two-Career Families

Author: Lucia Albino Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1988

I realize more and more that to some degree psychol- ogists study their own lives. My first studies in the mid-1970s looked at the conflicts that emerge in dual- career couples as the partners combine their various roles. Ideas for the early studies initially came from con- versations with clients, friends, and people I met trav- eling. Soon after the topic of dual careers came up, dis- cussions of guilt and frustration followed. The partici- pants in my first studies turned out to be predominantly women. Men expressed little interest in participating. A common response was, Talk to my wife. 7 8 PREFACE Ostensibly, husbands saw their partners, but not themselves, as dealing with conflicting roles. Although I presumed this to be somewhat true, I knew from ob- serving my own husband that my having a career had an immeasurable impact on him. Were men denying something? Were women overly sensitive? Discussions with my husband, which helped me to get a better grasp on what male partners might be feeling, planted the seed for my subsequent book on men in dual-career 1 families, published in 1985. In gathering material for that book, I was struck by the contrast with men's ear- lier disinterest. Husbands appeared eager to talk about their lives. Their greatest concern-what happens to the children?-became the focus of my last set of studies. Why this book? Sharing it all symbolizes the es- sence of a two-career marriage.

Disturbing the Nest Family Change and Decline in Modern Societies

Disturbing the Nest Family Change and Decline in Modern Societies

Author: David Popenoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1988

Disturbing the Nest assesses the future of the family as an institution through an historical and comparative analysis of the nature, causes, and social implications of family change in advanced western societies such as the United States, New Zealand, and Switzerland by focusing on the one society in which family decline is found to be the greatest, Sweden. The founding of the modern Swedish welfare state was based in large part on the belief that it was necessary for the state to intervene in society in order to improve the situation of the family. Of great concern was the low birthrate, which was seen as a threat to the very survival of Swedes as a national population group. The Social Democrats pioneered welfare measures that aimed to strengthen the family, to alleviate its worst trials and tribulations, and to make possible harmonious living. With the Social Democrats remaining in power continuously until 1976, a period of almost forty-five years, Sweden went on to implement governmental family policies that are among the most comprehensive (and expensive) in the world. In view of this major policy goal of family improvement, the actual situation of the Swedish family today presents a genuine irony; some have claimed that Swedish welfare state policies have had consequences that are the opposite of those originally intended. Comparing contemporary Swedish family patterns with those of other advanced nations, one finds a very high family dissolution rate, probably the highest in the Western world, and a high percentage of single-parent, female headed families. Even marriage seems to have fallen increasingly out of favor, with Sweden having the lowest marriage rate and latest age of first marriage, and the highest rate of children born out-of-wedlock. The early pronatalist aspirations of the Swedish government have been spectacularly unsuccessful, as Sweden continues to have one of the world's lowest birthrates and smallest average family sizes.

Parenting across the Life Span Biosocial Dimensions

Parenting across the Life Span Biosocial Dimensions

Author: Jeanne Altmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/1987

Research on parenting through the life course has developed around two separate approaches. Evolutionary biology provides fresh perspectives from life history theory using behavioral ecology and parental investment theory. At the same time, the social and behavioral sciences integrates research from long-term studies of individual development and from the collection of life histories.This path-breaking book advances evolutionary, life history research by integrating perspectives of these two approaches into a biosocial science of the life course. It examines parenthood as a commitment extending throughout life and focuses on the impact on parental and child behavior of changes in the timing, distribution, and intensity of parental investment. This perspective is particularly appropriate for research on parenting since the family is the universal human institution within which the bearing and rearing of children has been based and which transmits traditions, beliefs, and values to the young.

Gay and Lesbian Parents

Gay and Lesbian Parents

Author: Frederick W. Bozett Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/1987

This insightful new work deals with all of the contemporary issues concerning parenting by gay men and lesbians. It is designed to broaden readers' thinking on homosexuality and homosexuals in general; to include the dimension of children and parenting within the context of the homosexual family; and to provide specific information about it. The book also includes data on the children of gay and lesbian parents, as well as a discussion of alternative forms of parenthood such as adoptive and foster parenthood, stepparent families, and gay men and lesbians in heterosexual family unions. Because of their special significance, there are separate chapters on legal issues, counseling needs, and social psychological concerns for gays and lesbians considering parenthood.

Men's Transitions To Parenthood Longitudinal Studies of Early Family Experience

Men's Transitions To Parenthood Longitudinal Studies of Early Family Experience

Author: Phyllis W. Berman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1987

First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Gay and Lesbian Parents

Gay and Lesbian Parents

Author: Frederick W. Bozett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/1987

This insightful new work deals with all of the contemporary issues concerning parenting by gay men and lesbians. It is designed to broaden readers' thinking on homosexuality and homosexuals in general; to include the dimension of children and parenting within the context of the homosexual family; and to provide specific information about it. The book also includes data on the children of gay and lesbian parents, as well as a discussion of alternative forms of parenthood such as adoptive and foster parenthood, stepparent families, and gay men and lesbians in heterosexual family unions. Because of their special significance, there are separate chapters on legal issues, counseling needs, and social psychological concerns for gays and lesbians considering parenthood.

The Persistence of Patriarchy Class, Gender, and Ideology in Twentieth Century Algeria

The Persistence of Patriarchy Class, Gender, and Ideology in Twentieth Century Algeria

Author: Jennifer Knauss Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/1987

This sociopolitical study shows why patriarchy has been the dominant pattern in Algeria, in spite of colonialism, revolutionary war, and the implementation of state socialism after independence. Knauss carefully analyzes Algerian class formation, ideology, and gender relations, and then demonstrates how these factors decisively influenced the persistence of patriarchy as well as the status of women. To further enhance this model historical drama, there are interviews with former President Ahmed Ben Bella, Berber activist Hocine Ait Ahmed, and exiled socialist Mohammed Boudiaf.

The Family's Construction of Reality

The Family's Construction of Reality

Author: David Reiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1987

David Reiss presents a new model of family interaction grounded in the subtle and complex way in which a family constructs its inner life and deals with the outside world. Based upon fifteen years of research, the book offers a new understanding of the covert processes that hold a family together and, with distressing frequency, pull it apart.

Marriage and Love in England, 1300 - 1840 Modes of Reproduction

Marriage and Love in England, 1300 - 1840 Modes of Reproduction

Author: Alan MacFarlane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/1987

'Marriage and Love in England' has been awarded the American Sociological Association, Family Section, William J. Goode Award for 1987.

The Evaluation And Treatment Of Marital Conflict

The Evaluation And Treatment Of Marital Conflict

Author: Philip J., Jr. Guerin, Leo F. Fay, Susan L. Burden, Judith Gilbert Kautto Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/05/1987

Couples seek therapy for a variety of reasons, from short-lived adjustment difficulties to deeply entrenched conflict. Yet marital therapy has lacked a conceptual framework for matching treatment to a couple's particular problem. This outstanding new book, by a team of researcher-clinicians from the centre for Family Learning, is the first to address this deficiency.The authors systematically assess the duration and intensity of a couple's present conflict, as well as how the spouses function alone and in their extended families. They have found that troubled couples tend to fall into one of four categories, each best suited to a particular treatment program. The mild conflicts of stage one, for example, respond well to a six-week educational program whereas the extreme anger and alienation of stage three is best handled without direct confrontation.The authors describe their evaluation and treatment procedures,including assessing multigenerational systems, dealing with triangles, and reducing emotional arousal,and illustrate their explanations with lengthy case illustrations and session-by-session transcripts. Because it offers a carefully articulated, clinically tested method of treating a broad range of marital problems, this valuable book makes a unique and much-needed contribution to the field.

Mothers of Sons Toward an Understanding of Responsibilty

Mothers of Sons Toward an Understanding of Responsibilty

Author: Linda Rennie Forcey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/1987

A great deal has been written about the bond between mothers and daughters and fathers and daughters. This book explores the equally complex and rewarding relationship between mothers and their sons. It begins with a survey of the literature on the mother/son relationship. Forcey's study is based on the oral histories of 120 mothers who reveal their feelings of responsibility toward their sons, their expectations, and how they communicate. In her examination of the mother/son relationsip, the author ultimately questions whether or not mothers foster sexist masculinity and whether they can be blamed for male dominance..