The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia
Marilyn J. Coleman, Lawrence H. Ganong
SAGE Publications, Sep 2, 2014 - Social Science - 2144 pages
The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual’s development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the “ideal” family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity.
Available in both digital and print formats, this carefully balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy.
The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions.
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Researchers have made sizable empirical gainsin studyingadolescents andtheir
families,yet the literature suffers from anoverreliance onthe adolescent's
perspective, and whenever a parent's perspective is utilizedin astudy, more often
The literature outlinesa varietyofways that family factors are associated with
themental healthstatusof adolescents.Parents' mental healthissues leave
adolescents more vulnerable to suffering from psychological distress, although
Researchers have found that adolescents who engagein sexualbehavior
atearlier ages have more lifetime sexual partners anda greater likelihood of
havingan unintended pregnancy. Data on adolescent pregnancy indicates
thatone outofsix ...
Adolescent Pregnancy Rates AmongEthnic Groups Despite thedecline
inadolescent pregnancy rates, there are differences in adolescent sexual
experiencesas a functionof race and ethnicity. Disadvantaged, AfricanAmerican,
and Hispanic ...
Peer Influenceson Adolescent Pregnancy Although parents maintain agreater
influenceon their childrenthanpeers, peer group influence becomes increasingly
important duringadolescence. The influence ofpeers on adolescent pregnancy ...
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