Handbook of Marriage and the Family

  • Marvin B. Sussman
  • Suzanne K. Steinmetz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xlii
  2. Family Perspectives and Analyses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Jay D. Teachman, Karen A. Polonko, John Scanzoni
      Pages 3-36
    3. Tamara K. Hareven
      Pages 37-57
    4. Gary R. Lee
      Pages 59-80
    5. Darwin L. Thomas, Jean Edmondson Wilcox
      Pages 81-102
    6. Marie Withers Osmond
      Pages 103-124
    7. Robert E. Larzelere, David M. Klein
      Pages 125-155
    8. Barbara H. Settles
      Pages 157-180
  3. Diversity in Family Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-182
    2. Doris Wilkinson
      Pages 183-210
    3. Lauren Langman
      Pages 211-249
    4. Chaya S. Piotrkowski, Robert N. Rapoport, Rhona Rapoport
      Pages 251-283
    5. Teresa Donati Marciano
      Pages 285-315
    6. Eleanor D. Macklin
      Pages 317-353
    7. Arthur B. Shostak
      Pages 355-367
    8. Sharon K. Houseknecht
      Pages 369-395
    9. Patricia A. Gongla, Edward H. Thompson Jr.
      Pages 397-418
    10. Graham B. Spanier, Frank F. Furstenberg Jr.
      Pages 419-434
  4. Life Cycle Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Paul Mattessich, Reuben Hill
      Pages 437-469
    3. Gary W. Peterson, Boyd C. Rollins
      Pages 471-507
    4. Robert T. Francoeur
      Pages 509-534
    5. Susan Losh-Hesselbart
      Pages 535-563
    6. Brent C. Miller
      Pages 565-595
    7. Helen J. Raschke
      Pages 597-624
    8. Judith Treas, Vern L. Bengtson
      Pages 625-648
  5. Family Dynamics and Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 649-649
    2. Maximiliane E. Szinovacz
      Pages 651-693
    3. Pauline Boss
      Pages 695-723
    4. Suzanne K. Steinmetz
      Pages 725-765
    5. Lora Liss
      Pages 767-793
    6. Phyllis Moen, Alvin L. Schorr
      Pages 795-813
    7. Carol A. Darling
      Pages 815-833
    8. Florence W. Kaslow
      Pages 835-859
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 861-915

About this book


The lucid, straightforward Preface of this Handbook by the two editors and the comprehenSIve perspec­ tives offered in the Introduction by one ofthem leave little for a Foreword to add. It is therefore limIted to two relevant but not intrinsically related points vis-a-vis research on marriage and the family in the interval since the fIrst Handbook (Christensen, 1964) appeared, namely: the impact on this research ofthe politicization of the New RIght! and of the Feminist Enlightenment beginning in the mid-sixties, about the time of the fIrst Handbook. In the late 1930s Willard Waller noted: "Fifty years or more ago about 1890, most people had the greatest respect for the institution called the family and wished to learn nothing whatever about it. . . . Everything that concerned the life of men and women and their children was shrouded from the light. Today much of that has been changed. Gone is the concealment of the way in which life begins, gone the irrational sanctity of the home. The aura of sentiment which once protected the family from discussion clings to it no more .... We wantto learn as much about it as we can and to understand it as thoroughly as possible, for there is a rising recognition in America that vast numbers of its families are sick-from internal frustrations and from external buffeting. We are engaged in the process of reconstructing our family institutions through criticism and discussion" (1938, pp. 3-4).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marvin B. Sussman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Suzanne K. Steinmetz
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Union Graduate School of the Union InstituteCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Individual and Family StudiesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyIndiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA

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