The family and alternate life styles

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 974. Reviews the book, The family and alternate life styles by Nick Stinnett and Craig Wayne Birdsong, and Nancy M. Stinnett (see record 1979-20952-000). The current trend toward exploration of alternatives to traditional marriage is fueled, these authors believe, by a desire for more intimate relationships and extended family experience. They also believe that the fundamental question that underlies current experimentation and variation in close relationships is, “Can we as a people and as individuals survive the mad scrambling for a piece of the emotional rock which is becoming all the more elusive? In short, to paraphrase Freud, what do women (and men) want?” Because their attempt to answer this question relies upon the research data available on such alternate life styles as cohabitation, communes, “swinging,” group marriage, extramarital affairs, and one-parent families, this is a useful book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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