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Resources for History of the American Family

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General Information

In addition to specific resources for your program, the Library provides general resources that are helpful for your electives. Resources include library materials, featuring books, ebooks, journals, and/or media in your elective that are listed in the Library Catalog; and Web resources, featuring recommended Web resources  selected and annotated by NEIT's Reference Librarians. 

These resources are intended to be a starting point only and are not a comprehensive guide to all the resources available.  Always be sure to Ask a Librarian.


Library materials on the sociological concept and structure of families as well as works on the everyday life, interactions, and relationships of family members are found in the Library under the classification HQ503-HQ1064 (listed in the Library Catalog under the subject heading Families). Works on the American family are found in HQ535-HQ557 (listed in the Library Catalog under the subject heading Families--United States).

 For more titles, search the Library Catalog using the subject terms listed above in bold.

♦  Alone together : how marriage in America is changing / Paul R. Amato ... [et al.].
HQ536 .A538 2009
This book touches upon the changing face of marriage in America. Topics in the book cover the continuing transformation of marriage in America, stability and change in marital quality, the rise of the dual-earner marriage, changing gender relations in marriage, social integration, religion, and attitudes toward lifelong marriage...
♦  M&F2 / David Knox.
HQ734 .K668 2014

Marriage and family: an introduction -- Gender -- Communication -- Singlehood, hanging out, hooking up, and cohabitation -- Love and selecting a partner -- Sexuality in relationships -- Marriage relationships -- Same-sex couples and families -- Work, marriage, and family -- Planning for children -- Parenting -- Stress and crisis in relationships -- Abuse in relationships -- Divorce and remarriage -- Relationships in the later years.
♦  Marriage and the family : a brief introduction / David Knox, Caroline Schacht.
HQ734 .K668 1999
A sociological look at marriage and family in America. This book focuses on family issues, keys to successful relationships, social policies in marriage, sections that encourage further discussion of central topics and marriage in other cultures. Book comes with a helpful index and is filled with references to other resources for further research.
♦  Parenting / Roman Espejo, book editor. 
HQ755.8 .P3787 2013
This title from the Opposing Viewpoints Series covers many different aspects of parenting such as how parents discipline their children, the effectiveness of corporal punishment, the legal distinction between corporal punishment and abuse, positive reinforcement, grounding teens from using technology, single parenting and more.
♦  Society in focus : an introduction to sociology / William E. Thompson, Joseph V. Hickey.  7th ed., books a la carte ed., 2010 census update.
HM586 .T47 2012
This book is an introduction to the study of sociology with helpful sections on the American family. There is also searchable index to research different sociological topics. Library also owns the 6th edition and the 7th edition without the 2010 census update.
♦  Then comes marriage : United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA /
Roberta Kaplan ; with Lisa Dickey ; foreword by Edie Windsor.
KF229.W56 K37 2015
Renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan knew  that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than forty years, enduring society's homophobia as well as Spyer's near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill. [6/16]


Search EBSCO's Full Text Finder for Journal Titles, or by subject or simple keyword.
Suggested titles
below listed as (e-journals or electronic journals) can be located in the subscription service, EBSCO's Full Text Finder.

  American Journal of Family Law (e-journal 2000 - present)
Provides in-depth, relevant, commentary on current issues.  [12/16]
  The American Journal of Family Therapy (e-journal 1993 - present) [12/16]
  The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
(e-journal 2003 - present, 1 year delay)
  Community, Work & Family (e-journal 1998 - present, 18 month delay) [12/16]
  Family & Community History (e-journal  2003 - present, 1 year delay) [12/16]
  Journal of Family Violence (e-journal 1997 - present) [12/16]


 ♦  The boy who "divorced" his parents [videorecording]:
the parental rights case of Gregory K. 
Media (DVD) KF224.K46 B69 2009
Shuffled between divorced parents, state agencies and foster care, Gregory K. finally finds himself in the loving home of the Russ family in Florida, where he wishes to stay permanently. To do so, he must first legally terminate his parents' rights to custody.
♦  Sociology. Volume 2: Marriages & families [videorecording] / ABC News.
Media (VHS) H91 .S622 1997
A collection of news stories previously aired on the ABC network dealing with various problems of marriage and the family in the United States.

Web Resources

  Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services.  ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. [5/17]
♦ Forum on Child and Family Statistics
“The signature report of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being features statistics on children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.” [8/16]
♦  The Department of Health and Human Services
The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to “help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives.  We fulfill that mission every day by providing millions of children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care, by helping people find jobs and parents find affordable child care, by keeping the food on Americans’ shelves safe and infectious diseases at bay, and by pushing the boundaries of how we diagnose and treat disease” (from website). [8/16]
♦  National Partnership for Women & Families
The National Partnership for Women and Families promotes “fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.” (from website). [8/16]
♦  Unmarried Equality
“Unmarried Equality (UE) advocates for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who are single, choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage. We provide support and information for this fast-growing constituency, fight discrimination on the basis of marital status, and educate the public and policymakers about relevant social and economic issues.” (from website). [8/16]

Last updated 20140307/ AL