Informed by the work of contemporary scholars in sociology, psychology, and women's studies, this introductory text employs a perspective that embraces intimate relationships beyond the heterosexual, two-parent family. This second edition offers a new introductory chapter and new discussion of family systems theory, and continues boxes on current news stories, the portrayal of marriage and family in the media, and marriage and family life in other societies. The CD-ROM contains an online link to articles from social science journals and general interest newspapers and magazines. Shehan is affiliated with the University of Florida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
Constance Shehan is the Editor of the Journal of Family Issues and Director of the University of Florida's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations, been certified by the council as a Family Life Educator, and has received court-certified training to be a family mediator and a child advocate. At the University of Florida, she has served as President pro tempore of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty, president of the Association for Women Faculty, and as director of the Center for Women's Studies. Dr. Shehan is also is editor of the book Through The Eyes of a Child: Re-Visioning Children as Active Agents of Family Life (JAI Press, 1999).