Handbook of Marriage and the Family

  • Gary W. Peterson
  • Kevin R. Bush

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Theoretical and Methodolocal Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jay Teachman, Lucky Tedrow, Gina Kim
      Pages 39-63
    3. Alan C. Acock, Isaac Washburn
      Pages 65-89
    4. Stephen A. Anderson, Ronald M. Sabatelli, Iva Kosutic
      Pages 121-138
    5. Katherine R. Allen, Alexis J. Walker, Brandy Renee McCann
      Pages 139-158
    6. Yoav Lavee
      Pages 159-176
  3. Relationships, Processes, and Roles in Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Catherine A. Surra, Jill M. Boelter
      Pages 211-232
    3. Heather M. Helms
      Pages 233-254
    4. Fiona Rose-Greenland, Pamela J. Smock
      Pages 255-273
    5. Kevin R. Bush, Gary W. Peterson
      Pages 275-302
    6. Susan M. McHale, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Shawn D. Whiteman
      Pages 329-351
    7. William Marsiglio, Kevin Roy
      Pages 353-376
    8. Adam Davey, Emiko Takagi
      Pages 377-399

About this book


Despite waves of societal, cultural, and generational change, the family remains the bedrock unit for studying the individual and society as well as a prime focus of study in its own right. In particular, where diverse family structures were once considered rare occurrences, they are now gaining increased recognition from the social sciences. The Handbook of Marriage and the Family has been updated to reflect the current realities of family life, synthesizing and critiquing the knowledge base in key areas such as dating, parenting, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, sibling relationships, divorce, and stepfamilies. This Third Edition assembles leading experts across the disciplines to cover an expanded range of topics in qualitative and quantitative methodology, roles and relationships, diversity, and application issues, among them: 

  • Systemic and ecological qualities of families.
  • Division of household labor.
  • Families with cohabitating parents.
  • Fathers’ nurturance of children over the life course.
  • Cultural influences on socialization.
  • Family lives of lesbian and gay adults.
  • Family science as a teaching discipline.

Like its predecessors, this new edition of the Handbook of Marriage and the Family stands as a comprehensive primary resource for family scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and social workers who work with families, as well as for researchers, graduate students, and faculty in family studies, child development, psychology, sociology, social work, public health, and related fields.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gary W. Peterson
    • 1
  • Kevin R. Bush
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Family Studies & Social WorkMiami University Dept. Family Studies & Social WorkOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Family Studies & Social WorkMiami University Dept. Family Studies & Social WorkOxfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3987-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3986-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3987-5
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