This best-selling reader on families and intimate relationships identifies the most current trends and places them in historical context. The authors, who are leading scholars in the field, balance cutting-edge scholarship with perennial favorites. Sixteen readings are new to this edition, including: Lynne M. Casper and Suzanne M. Bianchi on cohabitation. Mary Ann Mason on modern American stepfamilies. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel on child care in the U.S. and Europe. Joan B. Kelly and Robert E. Emery on children's adjustment following divorce. Nicholas Townsend on fatherhood. Arlie Hochschild, with Anne Machung on working parents.Skolnick is the author of 'Family in Transition', published 2004 under ISBN 9780205418237 and ISBN 0205418236.