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Choices in Relationships: An Introduction to Marriage and the Family, 11th Edition

  • David Knox, Ph.D.
  • Caroline Schacht, M.A.
  • ISBN-10: 1111833222
  • ISBN-13: 9781111833220
  • 608 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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Overview

About the Product

The Eleventh Edition of Knox and Schacht's CHOICES IN RELATIONSHIPS helps students see how positive outcomes in personal relationships depend on making intelligent choices. The authors encourage students to explore the tradeoffs that choices involve, show how to view situations in a positive light, and demonstrate that not making a choice is really a choice after all. Through current data, an engaging writing style, interactive pedagogy such as self-assessments, and an emphasis on social policy issues within the context of each chapter, this theme-based marriage and family text encourages lively classroom discussion and demonstrates how research and theory apply to students' lives. Thus, students learn to approach every intimate relationship with the new freedom and new responsibility that choices involve. This streamlined eleventh edition also includes new discussions of the future of marriage and the family, and features an abundance of new research.

Features

  • "What if?" boxes personalize the focus of choices in relationships. Examples include, "What if you have made a commitment to marry someone but feel it is a mistake?" "What if you are in love with two people at the same time?" and "What if an old lover contacts you?"

  • Two photo essays feature weddings in other cultures and the roles of parenting in Chapters 7 and 11 respectively. Both photo essays contain all new photographs.

  • "Self-Assessment" boxes provide scales for students to measure a particular aspect of their own outlook and characteristics or their relationship with their partner. These self-assessment boxes, based on empirical data, are a unique feature of this text and are very popular with students. Scales new to this edition include "Communication Danger Signs Scale," "Satisfaction with Married Life Scale," and "Childfree Lifestyle Scale."

  • "Applying Social Research" gives you a glimpse into the kinds of research that marriage and family scholars do and the methods they use to do it. Examples of new Applying Social Research features in this edition include, "Secrets in Romantic Relationships," "The Relationship Talk: Assessing Partner Commitment," and "On Your Knees: Prayer in Romantic Relationships."

  • "Social Policy" boxes identify social policy issues related to marriage and the family with which American society is confronted. There is at least one Social Policy box per chapter. In each chapter, social policies relevant to marriage and the family are reviewed. Examples include abstinence-only versus comprehensive sex education in the public school system, marriage education in public schools, and mediation before litigation in divorce proceedings.

  • An enduring popular feature of the text is that of "Personal Choices," which are detailed discussions of personal choice dilemmas. Examples include: "Who is the Best Person for You to Marry?" "Should I Get Involved in a Long-Distance Relationship?" and "Deciding to Have Intercourse in a New Relationship."

  • "Diversity in the United States" paragraphs reveal racial, religious, same-sex, economic, and educational differences in regard to relationship phenomena.

  • "Diversity in Other Countries" paragraphs reveal courtship, marriage, and family patterns in other societies.

  • National and International Data are presented throughout each chapter. Data from national samples as well as around the world is presented to replace speculation and guessing with facts.

Reviews

"This text is quite useful for a survey course in Family Studies. It has current research and is very user friendly. Students seem to find it accessible and it has appropriate 'bells and whistles' to keep the millennial generation's attention."
— Linda Stone, Towson University

About the Author

David Knox, Ph.D.

David Knox, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at East Carolina University, where he teaches courtship and marriage; marriage and the family; and sociology of human sexuality. He is a marriage and family therapist as well as the author or co-author of 12 books and over 100 professional articles.

Caroline Schacht, M.A.

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Child Development and Family Relations, is Instructor Emeritus at East Carolina University. She retired from a career teaching sociology to become a certified Romana's Pilates instructor. She is co-author of several textbooks and balances her time writing and revising, teaching Pilates in her home studio, and writing children's verses and songs for her grandchildren.

Table of Contents

1. Choices in Relationships: An Introduction.
2. Gender.
3. Love.
4. Communication.
5. Singlehood, Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Cohabitation.
6. Selecting a Partner.
7. Marriage Relationships.
8. Same-Sex Couples and Families.
9. Sexuality in Relationships.
10. Planning for Children.
11. Parenting.
12. Work and Family Life.
13. Violence and Abuse in Relationships.
14. Stress and Crisis in Relationships.
15. Divorce and Remarriage.
16. Relationships in the Later Years.
Special Topic 1. Careers in Marriage and the Family.
Special Topic 2. Contraception
Special Topic 3. Resources.
Appendix A. Individual Autobiography Outline.
Appendix B. Family Autobiography Outline.
Appendix C. Prenuptial Agreement of a Remarried Couple.
Appendix D. Living Will.
Appendix E. Durable Power of Attorney.
Glossary.
References.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

New to this edition

  • NEW New photographs, found throughout the text, give the book a "fresh face" and a brand new look and feel. There is also a new photo essay on the roles of parenting, found in Chapter 11.
  • NEW The book has been streamlined and reorganized, resulting in a briefer, cleaner edition that facilitates students' reading and studying.
  • NEW content throughout the text reflects the latest developments in the field and current events. Additionally, terminology has been updated to reflect modern and more inclusive language (such as the use of the term "LGBT" to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals).

Supplements

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This new supplement, full of assessments and questionnaires, will make students think more reflectively on important topics related to marriage, such as finances and intimacy. Assignments can be done in-class or at home, alone or with a partner.

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Relationship Skills Exercises  (ISBN-10: 0495505978 | ISBN-13: 9780495505976)

This supplement, full of assessments and questionnaires, will help you to explore important topics related to marriage, such as finances and intimacy.