1. Adapting to Family Life in Our Times. 2. How We Study Families. 3. Theories about Family Life. 4. Families as Units of Change and Transition. 5. Genetics, Personality, Gender, and Power. 6. Fixed Family Relationships: Generations in Family Life. 7. Chosen Relationships and the Roots of Mature Love. 8. The Core of Family Life: Paradigms, Themes, and Ideologies. 9. Rules and Rule Sequences. 10. Communicating in Families. 11. Regulating Distance. 12. Building and Maintaining Family Rituals. 13. Coping with Turbulence, Gains, and Losses.
Randal D. Day is a Professor in the Department of Marriage, Family, and Human Development at Brigham Young University where he received his Ph.D. in Family Sciences. An active member of the National Council on Family Relations and a co-founder of the Teaching Family Science Conference, Randy is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Family Issues, Marriage and Family Review, Family Relations, Fathering, and the Associate Editor of Men as Fathers.
"I have used this text in teaching an introductory family processes course and plan to continue using it. ! It is interesting and applicable to the lives of undergraduate students. ! The coverage of basic family processes is extremely well done as is the use of stories throughout the text. ! This book would be most appropriate for an introductory ... class on family processes ... for sociology, education, human development, psychology, and social work classes." - Denise Ann Bodman, Arizona State University, USA "Day's text is really the only option! for family process texts! for undergraduates! The family process focus is rare but very exciting in an undergraduate classroom." - Kathleen D. Ramos, California State University, Fresno, USA "Day's writing style is clear and easy to read ! the two new chapters!including trends in dating, falling in love ...[are] so interesting for ... college students ... the author does an excellent job of covering most aspects of family life and family interaction through the life course... I love the ... journal thoughts and exercises ! the next edition will be even better!" - Julie James, Indiana University, USA