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Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Family and Personal Relationships / Edition 9

Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Family and Personal Relationships / Edition 9

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Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Family and Personal Relationships, Seventh Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in family development and personal relationships. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading sociologists, psychologists, and family therapists, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework. For each issue, the editor provides a concise introduction and postscript summary. The introduction sets the stage for the debate as it is argued in the "yes" and "no" readings. The postscript briefly reviews the opposing opinions and suggests additional readings on the controversial issue under discussion. By requiring students to analyze contradictory positions and reach considered judgments, Taking Sides actively develops students' critical thinking skills. It is this development of critical thinking skills that is the ultimate purpose of each of the volumes in the widely acclaimed Taking Sides program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900078050380
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 02/27/2012
Series: Taking Sides Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     iii
Introduction     xv
Parental Decision Making: What's Best for Children...or What's Best for Parents?     1
Is It Ever Appropriate to Spank A Child?     2
Yes: Walter L. Larrimore, from "Is Spanking Actually Harmful to Children?" Focus on the Family (Focus on the Family, 2002)     4
No: Irwin A. Hyman, from The Case Against Spanking: How to Discipline Your Child Without Hitting (Jossey-Bass, 1997)     6
Should Adoptive Parents Adopt Only within Their Own Racial/Ethnic Group?     10
Yes: Leslie Doty Hollingsworth, from "Promoting Same-Race Adoption for Children of Color," Social Work (vol. 43, no. 2, 1998)     12
No: Ezra E. H. Griffith and Rachel L. Bergeron, from "Cultural Stereotypes Die Hard," The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (vol. 34, no. 3, 2006)     28
Does Divorce Create Long-Term Negative Effects for Children?     49
Yes: Elizabeth Marquardt, from "The Bad Divorce," First Things (February 2005)     51
No: Constance Ahrons, from We're Still Family: What Grown Children Have to Say About Their Parents' Divorce (Harper Collins, 2004)     56
Should Parents Homeschool Their Children?     70
Yes: Chris Jeub, from "Homeschool" and "Reasons for Homeschooling," Focus on the Family (2006)     72
No: Carole Moore, from "Why It's Not Right for Us,"     76
Do Mothers Who Work Outside of the Home Have a Negative Effect on Their Children?     80
Yes: Jeanne/Brooks-Gunn, Wen-Jui Han and Jane Waldfogel, from "Maternal Employment and Child Cognitive Outcomes in the First Three Years of Life: The NICHD Study of Early Child Care," Child Development (July/August 2002)     82
No: Thomas M. Vander Ven et al., from "Home Alone: The Impact of Maternal Employment on Delinquency," Social Problems (May 2001)     89
How Much Control Should Parents Have Over Their Children's Lives?     99
Should "Abstinence-Until-Marriage" Be the Only Message for Teens?     100
Yes: Bridget E. Maher, from "Abstinence Until Marriage: The Best Message for Teens," Family Research Council (2004)     102
No: Sue Alford, from "What's Wrong with Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Requirements?" Transitions (March 2001)     108
Should Parents Routinely Vaccinate Their Children?     114
Yes: Ferdinand D. Yates, Jr., from "Should Children Be Routinely Immunized?" The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (April 16, 2004)     116
No: Jini Patel Thompson, from "Should I Vaccinate My Child?" Well Being Journal (March/April 2003)     119
Should Parents Be Able to Select the Biological Sex of Their Children?     128
Yes: John A. Robertson, from "Preconception Gender Selection," The American Journal of Bioethics (Winter 2001)      130
No: Norman Daniels, from "It Isn't Just the Sex..."; Carson Strong, from "Can't You Control Your Children?"; Mary B. Mahowald, from "Reverse Sexism? Not to Worry"; and Mark V. Sauer, from "Preconception Sex Selection: A Commentary," The American Journal of Bioethics (Winter 2001)     140
Should Parents Surgically Alter Their Intersex Infants?     151
Yes: Amicur Farkas, B. Chertin, and Irith Hadas-Haplren, from "One-Stage Feminizing Genitoplasty: Eight Years of Experience with Forty-Nine Cases," Journal of Urology (June 2001)     153
No: Paul McHugh, from "Surgical Sex," First Things (November 2004)     158
Should Minors Be Required to Get Their Parents' Permission in Order to Obtain an Abortion?     167
Yes: Teresa Stanton Collett, from Testimony Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives (September 6, 2001)     169
No: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., from "Fact Sheet: Teenagers, Abortion, and Government Intrusion Laws," Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (August 1999)     175
Revisiting Ozzie and Harriet: Where Do Same-Sex Couples and Their Families Fit In?     183
Should Same-Sex Couples Be Allowed to Legally Marry?     184
Yes: Human Rights Campaign, from Answers to Questions about Marriage Equality (HRC's FamilyNet Project, 2004)     186
No: Peter Sprigg, from Questions and Answers: What's Wrong with Letting Same-Sex Couples 'Marry'? (Family Research Council, 2004)     193
Should the U.S. Constitution Be Amended to Protect the "Sanctity of Marriage"?     201
Yes: National Review, from "The Right Amendment-Marriage," National Review Online (January 26, 2004)     203
No: Jonah Goldberg, from "Federal Marriage Amendment a Bad Idea," (2003)     205
Should Lesbians and Gay Individuals Be Allowed to Adopt Children?     208
Yes: Joan Biskupic, from "Same-Sex Couples Redefining Family Law in USA," USA Today (February 17, 2003)     210
No: Timothy J. Dailey, from "State of the States: Update on Homosexual Adoption in the U.S.," Family Research Council (no. 243, 2004)     214
Twenty-First Century Sexuality Issues     223
Is Cybersex "Cheating"?     224
Yes: Stephen O. Watters, from Real Solutions for Overcoming Internet Addictions (Servant Publications, 2001)     226
No:, from "A Look at Internet Infidelity," (August 4, 2003)     229
Are Open Relationships Healthy?     232
Yes: Kathy Labriola, from "Models of Open Relationships," Cat and Dragon Communications (2006)     234
No: Stanley Kurtz, from "Here Comes the Brides," The Weekly Standard (December 26, 2005)     240
Does Pornography Reduce the Incidence of Rape?     251
Yes: Anthony D'Amato, from "Porn Up, Rape Down," Northwestern University School of Law, Public Law and Legal Theory Research Series (June 23, 2006)     253
No: Judith Reisman, from "Pornography's Link to Rape," (July 29, 2006)     257
Should Men Who Have Sex with Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?     262
Yes: Bob Roehr, from "The Gift of Life: Gay Men and U.S. Blood Donation Policy," Liberty Education Forum (2006)     264
No: Marc Germain and Graham Sher, from "Men Who Have Had Sex With Men and Blood Donation," Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (July/September 2002)     269
Are Statutory Rape Laws Effective at Protecting Minors?     275
Yes: Sherry F. Colb, from "The Pros and Cons of Statutory Rape Laws," (February 11, 2004)     277
No: Marc Tunzi, from "Curbside Consultation: Isn't This Statutory Rape?" American Family Physician (May 1, 2002)     282
Contributors     286
Index     293

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