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Choices in Relationships - Interactive eBook

Choices in Relationships - Interactive eBook

13th Edition

January 2020 | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Chapter 1: Choices in Relationships: An Introduction to Marriage, Family and Diversity
Choices in Relationships - View of the Text

Theoretical Frameworks for Viewing Marriage and the Family



Differences between Marriage and Family

Research Process and Caveats

Future of Marriage

Chapter 2: Love Relationships
Meanings of Love Today

Social Control of Love

Theories on the Origins of Love

How We Fall in Love

Love as a Context for Problems

Jealousy in Relationships


Future of Love Relationships

Chapter 3: Gender and Diversity
Terminology of Gender Roles

Theories of Gender Role Development

Agents of Socialization

Consequences of Traditional Gender Role Socialization

Changing Gender Roles

Future Gender Roles

Chapter 4: Singlehood, Cohabitation and Living Apart Together

Changes in "Dating"

Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Long-Distance Relationships


Living Apart Together

Future of Singlehood, Cohabitation and LAT

Chapter 5: Selecting a Partner
Factors Involved in Selecting a Mate

Finding a Partner Online

Moving Toward Commitment


Important Considerations before you Say “I Do”

Future of Partner Selection

Chapter 6: Diversity in Marriage Relationships
Motivations for and Functions of Marriage

Marriage as a Commitment

Marriage as a Rite of Passage

Changes after Marriage

Diversity in Marriage

Marriage Quality

Future of Marriage Relationships

Chapter 7: LGBTQIA Relationships
Basic Terms

Problems with Identifying and Classifying Sexual Orientation

Origins of Sexual-Orientation Diversity

Heterosexism, Homonegativity, Homophobia, Biphobia, Binegativity and Transphobia

LGBTQ Relationships

Coming Out to Siblings, Parents, and Peers

Same-Sex Marriage

LGBTQ Parenting Issues

Future of LGBTQ Relationships

Chapter 8: Communication and Technology in Relationships
Interpersonal Communication

Gender, Culture, and Communication

Making Choices for Effective Communication

Self-Disclosure and Secrets

Dishonesty, Lying and Cheating

Technology Mediated Communication in Romantic Relationships

Technology and the Family: Cell Phone/Tech Etiquette

Conflict Resolution

Future of Communication

Chapter 9: Sexuality in Relationships
Sexual Values and Sexual Choices

Sex and Gender

Sexual Behaviors

Sexuality in Relationships

Being Sexually Safe

Sexual Fulfillment: Some Prerequisites

Future of Sexual Relationships

Chapter 10: Violence and Abuse in Relationships
Nature of Relationship Abuse

Recognizing and Resisting Abuse

Explanations for Violence and Abuse in Relationships

Sexual Coercion, Sexual Assault, and Rape

Abuse in Marriage and Relationships

Effects of Abuse

The Cycle of Abuse

Child, Parent, Sibling, and Elder Abuse

Future of Abuse in Relationships

Chapter 11: Planning for Parenthood
Do You Want to Have Children?

How Many Children Do You Want?

Teenage Parenthood





Future of Planning for Children

Chapter 12: Diversity in Parenting
The Choices Perspective of Parenting

Transition to Parenthood

Parenthood: Some Facts

Child Rearing Theories

Principles of Effective Parenting

Single-Parent Issues

Empty Nest via Emigration of Children

Future of Parenting

Chapter 13: Money, Work and Relationships
Money and Relationships

Work, Relationships, and Families

Work and Family: Effects on Children

Balancing Work and Family Life

Balancing Work and Leisure Time

Future of Work and Family Time

Chapter 14: Stress and Crisis in Relationships
Personal Stress and Crisis Events

Positive Stress-Management Strategies

Harmful Stress-Management Strategies

Family Crisis Examples

Marriage and Family Therapy

Future of Stress and Crisis in Relationships

Chapter 15: Divorce, Remarriage and Stepfamilies
Definition and Prevalence of Divorce

Deciding Whether to End a Relationship

Macro Factors Contributing to Divorce

Micro Factors Contributing to Divorce

Consequences of Divorce for Spouses and Parents

Consequences of Divorce for Children

Prerequisites for Having a “Successful” Divorce



Future of Divorce and Remarriage

Chapter 16: The Later Years
Age and Ageism

Caregiving for the Frail

Issues Confronting the Elderly

Relationships across Time


The End of Life

Future of the Elderly in the United States

Appendix A: Self-Assessments
Key features


  • The Thirteenth Edition has been thoroughly revised and includes over 700 new research citations.
  • Technology and the Family sections are included in each chapter and explore how technology is the most pervasive influence on modern relationships today.
  • Updated discussions of African American, Immigrant, Asian American, and Polyamorous “Poly” marriages and families are reflective of American culture.
  • Each chapter includes original and updated data on the topic being discussed, derived by 13,000 respondents to 100 relationship questions.
  • One or more new Self-Assessment boxes are included in each chapter and provide scales for students to measure a particular aspect of themselves or their relationships.
  • New Applying Social Research boxes in each chapter specify how new research may be applied to interpersonal relationships.
  • A new The Future of section at the end of each chapter features the authors predicting, based on trends found in the latest research studies, what the future is likely to hold for marriage, singlehood, parenting, divorce/remarriage, and other chapter topics.


  • The themes of cultural diversity and inclusiveness are throughout all chapters.
  • Each chapter includes a Technology insert relevant to the discussed topic and how these advances require choices that have positive outcomes for individuals, couples, and families.
  • Policies relevant to marriage and the family are in each chapter.
  • The Personal Choices feature presents detailed discussions of personal choice dilemmas, challenging students to think critically and work through how they would approach choices in a variety of complex situations.
  • Original data from over 13,000 respondents, collected by the authors and their colleagues, are included.
  • This new edition features the Special Topics section on marriage and family careers and state of the art information about contraception and STIs.
  • Each chapter ends with a summary formatted as questions and answers, with each relating to the chapter's Learning Objectives.
  • Key terms are defined and featured in the margin of the text as well as the glossary.
  • Helpful web links are at the end of each chapter.

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