Handbook of Marriage and the Family

  • Marvin B. Sussman
  • Suzanne K. Steinmetz
  • Gary W. Peterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Gary W. Peterson, Suzanne K. Steinmetz
      Pages 1-10
  3. Family Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-12
    2. Sheila McIsaac Cooper
      Pages 13-37
    3. Jay D. Teachman, Karen A. Polonko, John Scanzoni
      Pages 39-76
    4. Bert N. Adams
      Pages 77-91
    5. Gary R. Lee
      Pages 93-110
    6. Robert Aponte, Bruce A. Beal, Michelle E. Jiles
      Pages 111-141
    7. Barbara H. Settles
      Pages 143-175
  4. The Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-178
    2. Brian S. Vargus
      Pages 179-204
    3. William J. Doherty
      Pages 205-217
    4. Walter R. Schumm, Karla K. Hemesath
      Pages 291-305
  5. Changing Family Patterns and Roles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-308
    2. John DeFrain, David H. Olson
      Pages 309-326
    3. Gary W. Peterson, Della Hann
      Pages 327-370
    4. Suzanne K. Steinmetz
      Pages 371-423
    5. Judith Treas, Leora Lawton
      Pages 425-438
    6. Alexis J. Walker
      Pages 439-474
    7. Kimberly A. Faust, Jerome N. McKibben
      Pages 475-499
  6. The Family and Other Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-502
    2. Patricia Wittberg
      Pages 503-523
    3. Paul S. Carlin
      Pages 525-552
    4. David M. Rosen
      Pages 553-570
    5. Linda Haas
      Pages 571-612
    6. Douglas E. Crews, Hector Balcazar
      Pages 613-631
    7. Phyllis Moen, Kay B. Forest
      Pages 633-663
  7. Changing Family Patterns and Roles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 665-666
    2. Jetse Sprey
      Pages 667-685
    3. Gail G. Whitchurch, Fran C. Dickson
      Pages 687-704
    4. JoAnn Langley Miller, Dean D. Knudsen
      Pages 705-741
    5. Robert T. Francoeur, Linda L. Hendrixson
      Pages 743-766
    6. Nadine J. Kaslow, Florence W. Kaslow, Eugene W. Farber
      Pages 767-792
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 793-822

About this book


To know where we are going as scholars, educators, and practitioners in the field of marriage and family life, we first need to know where we have been. A perusal of early texts on marriage and family life provides some thought-provoking insights into the accuracy of the saying "what goes around, comes around. " It is interesting to note who has been considered to be in a position to provide information on marriage and family life. Included in the eclectic collection of texts we reviewed were ministers whose focus was on spirituality, doctors who emphasized medical aspects of child and adult health, and public health profes­ sionals and home economists concerned with fighting disease, who emphasized cleanliness, order, fighting germs, and eliminating rodents and insects. There are also philosophers who drew from ancient texts when discussing family life and a count who assembled a group of German intellectual elites to address various topics. An insightful essay of this type is by Marta Karlweis (1926), in which she notes: There is no other fetish that society holds to so firmly as the conception "woman," with all its usual associations of infantilism and dependence . . . . The child requires protection, is a minor and consequently a serf, but above all it possesses no spiritual existence. Neither doctorates or other distinctions nor the right to vote have as yet been able to dispel this sweet idea of the childishness of woman. which man cherishes. (p.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marvin B. Sussman
    • 1
  • Suzanne K. Steinmetz
    • 2
  • Gary W. Peterson
    • 3
  1. 1.Union InstituteCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyIndiana University — Purdue University at IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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