Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in ‘doing’ theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site, http://www.ncfr.org/sourcebook, offers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science.

Family Composition and Family Transitions

Family composition and family transitions
David H.Demo, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
William S.Aquilino, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mark A.Fine, University of Missouri-Columbia

Family composition in the United States is marked by increasing diversity and change. Brandon and Bumpass (2001) have estimated that less than 50% of American children live in “traditional nuclear families,” defined as families that have two biological parents married to ...

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