Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

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household chores and emphasizing their value as loving, affectionate companions to their wives and children. Middle-class men generally are able to make this role change more readily and more effectively than lower-class men. Because the upper middle-class man is likely to have experienced some degree of role flexibility prior to his marriage, he is often able to change roles with a fair degree of self-confidence while basking in the afterglow of the accomplishments of his successful career. If his success and self-esteem are secured, he can look forward to this kind of role change as an opportunity to participate in an expressive life style and to explore feelings that he may have overlooked on his climb to success. If the relationship is one of caring and understanding, both husband and wife can evoke from each other a new sense of purposefulness at this late time in their marriage.


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Looked at from the developmental point of view, partnerships such as marriage face certain critical tasks at various stages in their development. Beginning families must develop decision making patterns and adjust in other ways to the uniqueness of the married state. Families with children

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xv
  • 1 - Introduction 12
  • Part One - On Becoming Partners 15
  • 2 - On Partnerships 16
  • Introduction 17
  • 3 - Confirmation and Communication 35
  • 4 - Conflict in Intimate Partnerships 55
  • Introduction 79
  • 5 - Developing Partnerships 81
  • Part Two - Human Sexuality 111
  • 6 - The Biology of Sex and Reproduction 112
  • Introduction 113
  • 7 - On Birth Control 145
  • Introduction 170
  • 8 - The Art of Lovemaking 173
  • 9 - Sex Roles and Social Interaction 195
  • Part Three - Marriage 213
  • 10 - Marriage in Historical and Cultural Perspective 214
  • Introduction 215
  • 11 - Husbands and Wives 239
  • 12 - Parents and Children 269
  • Introduction 285
  • Summary 304
  • 14 - Disorganization and Divorce 307
  • Introduction 324
  • Part Four - Alternatives 327
  • 15 - Developing Styles for Singles 329
  • 16 - Communes and Multiple Marriages 349
  • Part Five - The Future of Marriage 371
  • 17 - Fantasies, Forecasts, and Trends 372
  • Introduction 373
  • Selected Bibliography 393
  • Index 403
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