Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths

Since the first edition in 1994, Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths has helped thousands of college students learn how to create and maintain enduring intimate relationships. Three distinctive themes of intimacy, marital and family strengths, and diversity are woven throughout the text, with the goal of integrating research, theory, and practical ideas to promote healthy and productive relationships.

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Chapter 1, Perspectives on Intimate Relationships

Chapter 2, Cultural Diversity and Diversity in Family Structure: Family Strengths and Challenges

Chapter 3, Understanding Marriage and Family Dynamics

Chapter 4, Communication and Intimacy

Chapter 5, Conflict and Resolution

Chapter 6, Sexual Intimacy

Chapter 7, Gender Roles and Power in the Family

Chapter 8, Managing Economic Resources

Chapter 9, Friendship, Love, Intimacy, and Singlehood

Chapter 10, Dating, Mate Selection, and Living Together

Chapter 11, Marriage: Building a Strong Foundation

Chapter 12, Parenthood: Joys and Challenges

Chapter 13, Midlife and Older Couples

Chapter 14, Stress, Abuse, and Family Problems

Chapter 15, Divorce, Single-Parent Families, and Stepfamilies

Chapter 16, Strengthening Marriages and Families Worldwide