The Family in Flux: Changing Sexual and Reproductive Practices

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This chapter is an overview of how scholars of the family and of sexuality approach the family as an institution. It discusses the main theoretical perspectives and methods used by family scholars to study the role of the family in the organization and expression of sexuality and reproduction. The chapter provides a review of literature that examines the effect of various family structures on the sexual behavior and expression of family members. Information is provided about changing cultural norms and statistics regarding premarital sex, divorce, cohabitation, delayed childbearing, nonmarital childbearing, and same-sex relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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