Gender and Couple Relationships

  • Susan M. McHale
  • Valarie King
  • Jennifer Van Hook
  • Alan Booth

Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Changes in Marriage and Couple Relationships

  3. Changing Work and Family Roles of Women and Men

  4. Men and Women as Parents

  5. Gender Differences in Health Benefits of Marriage

  6. The Future of Research on Couple Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Cadhla McDonnell, Rose Wesche
      Pages 233-241
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-251

About this book


This provocative volume is comprised of psychological, socioeconomic, and cultural perspectives on couple dynamics, particularly gender dynamics, and the future of marriage. Featuring data on married, cohabitating, male/female, and same-sex couples, the authors of the book's chapters analyze the changing impacts of work, parenting, and the health benefits of marriage for men and women. Trajectories in the evolution toward gender equality provide the backdrop for discussions of women and men as partners, parents, and workers in contemporary society. Contributors also keep a sharp focus on the complexities of gender issues as they intersect with crucial contexts of cohort, class, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.


Among the topics covered:


  • Gender equality and economic inequality: impacts on marriage.
  • Expansionist theory expanded: integrating sociological and psychological perspectives on gender, work, and family change.
  • Gender, work, and family: action in the interactions.
  • Changes in U.S. mothers' and fathers' time use: causes and consequences.
  • A case for gay fathers.
  • Gender, marriage, and health for same-sex and different-sex couples


Gender and Couple Relationships documents social roles and social change with fascinating insight to advance research in fields of psychology, sociology, demography and economics and to the benefit of work organizations, policy makers, family and couple therapists and other mental health professionals.


Couple relationships Family roles Father Engagement Gender inequality Gender roles in relationships Marriage Marriage Trends Parental roles Parenting Same sex couples Same sex marriage Work and Family Roles

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan M. McHale
    • 1
  • Valarie King
    • 2
  • Jennifer Van Hook
    • 3
  • Alan Booth
    • 4
  1. 1.Social Science Research InstituteThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and CriminologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Population Research InstituteThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Sociology and CriminologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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