Family Textbooks Twelve Years Later

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    Norval D. Glenn, “A Critique of Twenty Family and Marriage and Family Textbooks,” Family Relations 46, no. 3 (Summer 1997): 197–208; Norval D. Glenn, Council on Families, Closed Minds, Closed Hearts: The Textbook Story of Marriage, report, New York, Institute for American Values, 1997,

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    For relevant evidence, see Norval D. Glenn and Thomas Sylvester, National Fatherhood Initiative, The Shift: Scholarly Views of Family Structure Effects on Children: 1977–2002, study, New York, Institute for American Values, 2006,

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    David Blankenhorn, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem (New York: Institute for American Values, 1995) and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, The Divorce Culture: Rethinking Our Commitments to Marriage and Family (New York: Vintage Books, 1998).

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    David H. Olson, John DeFrain, and Linda Skogrand, Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths, 6th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008), 285, 420.

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    Glenn and Sylvester, The Shift, figure 1.

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    Jessie Shirley Bernard, The Future of Marriage (New York: World Publishing, 1972).

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    Ibid., 51.

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    See Linda Waite, “Does Marriage Matter?” Demography 32 (November 1995): 483–507; and Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher, The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially (New York: Doubleday, 2000).

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    John Scanzoni, Contemporary Families and Relationships: Reinventing Responsibility (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995), 4.

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    This statement and all subsequent statements in this article about attitudes on family issues are based largely, although not entirely, on an ongoing examination of American survey data on family-related attitudes that I began about fifteen years ago. Among the sources of the survey data examined are the American General Social Surveys conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, the American National Election Studies conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, the Gallup and various other public opinion polls, and the National Fatherhood Initiative Marriage Survey, which I designed.

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    Maxine Baca Zinn, D. Stanley Eitzen, and Barbara Wells, Diversity in Families, 8th ed. (Boston: Pearson, 2008), 475–79. Subsequent references will be cited within the text.

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Glenn, N.D. Family Textbooks Twelve Years Later. Acad. Quest. 22, 79–90 (2009).

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