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Family Life Now  - Vantage Learning Platform

Family Life Now - Vantage Learning Platform

Third Edition
  • Kelly Welch - Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

March 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN: 978-1-0718-2128-2

About Family Life Now, Third Edition

Family Life Now
 is a candid, thoughtful examination of marriages, families, and intimate relationships that follows the Family Life Education framework. Written in a student-friendly, conversational style, the text encourages readers to draw upon their own backgrounds and experiences to understand theories and concepts vital to the family sciences.

About Family Life Now, Third Edition - Vantage Digital Option


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Family Life Now by Kelly Welch is a candid, thoughtful examination of marriages, families, and intimate relationships that follows the Family Life Education framework. Family Life Now – Vantage Digital Option, Third Edition delivers trusted content from Welch's text on Sage Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including assignable video—all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers easy course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative.

Watch this 90-second video and see how it works:


1. Family Life Now
2. Understanding Family Through Research and Theory
3. Family Communication, Conflict, and Forgiveness
4. Gender in Today’s Society
5. Intimacy: Developing and Experiencing Affectionate Bonds
6. Love and Loving
7. The Path to Commitment: Attraction, Dating, Partnering, and Cohabitation
8. Singlehood, Coupling, and Marriage
9. You, Sex, and Sexuality
10. Becoming Parents: Choices and Challenges
11. Parenting Life Now
12. Family Life and Work: A Balancing Act
13. Uncoupling: Relationship Deterioration and Divorce
14. Rebuilding: Family Life Following Couple Dissolution and Divorce
15. Family Change: Stress, Crisis, and Transition
16. Family Life and Aging


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LMS cartridge included with this title for use in Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L), and Moodle

The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS).These resources include:
  • Test banks
  • Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides
  • Sample course syllabi
  • Lecture notes
  • All tables and figures from the textbook 
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You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.
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  • New content on the COVID-19 pandemic includes discussions of resulting stressors, unemployment, and the severe economic downturn in the United States.
  • Expanded and updated diversity coverage includes discussions of intersectionality throughout and new content about mixed-orientation relationships and marriages.
  • Revised and enhanced coverage of racial and ethnic experiences include new discussions regarding undocumented individuals and their families.
  • New content on social networking includes its impact on mate selection, dating experiences, jealousy, and breaking up.
  • Extensive coverage of sexual orientation and sexual identity includes discussions of LGBTQ+ families of choice, lesbian co-mothering, transgenderism, androgyny, LGBTQ+ dating scripts, and gender-based violence.
  • A conversational, first-person writing style draws students in and keeps them engaged.
  • Chapter openers help frame forthcoming content with stories from the authors’ own experiences and real-life stories shared by college students.
  • Learning objectives introduce each chapter and can be used as learning targets.
  • Family Life Now features introduce contemporary issues and include discussions of each side of the matter with supporting research. Students are then encouraged to form their own informed opinions.
  • Taking Sides features describe two sides of relationship dilemmas that are commonly experienced by families and couples.
  • Summaries tied back to learning objectives recap chapter content and reinforce key points.

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