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Marriages and Families Census Update, 7th Edition

Changes, Choices, and Constraints

Marriages and Families, Census Update, 7e offers students a comprehensive introduction to many issues facing families in the twenty-first century.

The text’s major theme, “Changes, Choices, and Constraints,” explores: contemporary changes in families and their structure, impacts on the choices available to family members, and constraints that often limit our choices. Through this approach, students are better able to understand what the research and statistics mean for themselves.

Marriages and Families, Census Update balances theoretical and empirical discussions with practical examples and applications. It highlights important contemporary changes in society and the family. This text is written from a sociological perspective and incorporates material from other disciplines: history, economics, social work, psychology, law, biology, medicine, family studies, women’s studies, and anthropology.

The Census Update program incorporates 2010 Census data into a course–simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program include an updated census edition with all charts and graphs–to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. In addition, A Short Introduction to the U.S. Census is available and an updated MyFamilyLab.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning –MyFamilyLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – Feature questions encourage students to reflect on chapter studies and relate them to personal experience.
  • Engage Students – Current research relates to the students’ own lives.
  • Explore Theory – Written from a sociological perspective and incorporates material from other disciplines.
  • Support Instructors – MyFamilyLab enables instructors to assess student progress and adapt course material to meet the specific needs of the class.


I liked this book, because I feel it is very readable and understandable, especially for freshmen or non-majors. In addition, Benokraitis gives very detailed and relevant examples or scenarios relating to the concepts covered in the respectable chapter. The book is extremely interesting and enjoyable.

Moshe Braunstein

Jersey City University

Very current and extremely informative about the family, both historically and in contemporary society.  I also think that the author has a way of writing about the material so that the content is provocative and the issues really come alive for the reader.

Prof. Kathryn Bonach

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I think this is one of the most “teachable” texts I have read on this subject.  Even if the instructor doesn’t think of a question a student may want to ask, the author has already done that for us in the “since you asked” section.  I like the current trends in research that are discussed as well.  It lends credibility to the instructor to know about current things in the field and the author has done a good job of incorporating that in the chapters.

Prof. Michelle Knoles

Cowley County Community College

This is an engaging text.  Benokraitis has achieved an admirable goal – her text is interesting and detailed but not dry, fun and applied but still academically strong.  Very well done.

Prof. Erica Owens Yeager

West Virginia University

I found the text easy to read and very interesting. The examples are timely and up to date.  Students can remember these events and that will help them make connections between real-world events and course material. The graphics and pictures are excellent [and] will help students comprehend an often difficult and abstract topic of theory for them.

Prof. Darby Sewell

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205006736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205006731
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches

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