Fall 2007 (Volume IV, Issue 2)
The 21st Century Family
This issue of Greater Good gets past overheated rhetoric to discover what recent research shows about how the American family is changing, and how this transformation has impacted all of our lives. Some of the contributors to this issue are famed scholars who have studied the family extensively; others are ordinary people who have seen their typically atypical families go through some extensive changes. What they have in common is a willingness to confront these changes head-on and seek real solutions to the problems they confront. Their essays offer suggestions for how contemporary families can still thrive during this period of intense change.
From The Editors
New research debunks some conventional political wisdom.
Is guilt good? (04)By | September 1, 2007
What Makes a Rescuer (06)By | September 1, 2007
Happiness in Flux (08)By | September 1, 2007
Your brain on yoga (10)By | September 1, 2007
Dousing the Flames (13)By | September 1, 2007
How can we put social intelligence online?
Child Support (07)By | September 1, 2007
The last century has seen a transformation of marriage and family life. But to address new challenges, argues Stephanie Coontz, we can’t delude ourselves into thinking there ever was a Golden Age for couples and families.
Binuclear Family (16)By | September 1, 2007
Divorce is painful for children, but Ruth Bettelheim urges us to see what kids can gain when one family becomes two.
Helping Kids be Kids (17)By | September 1, 2007
Q & A: A Better Way (18)By | September 1, 2007
An Interview with The Good Divorce author Constance Ahrons
At a time when people are lamenting the death of the American family, Ross D. Parke, Scott Coltrane, and Thomas Schofield discovered that many of its ideals are alive and well—and they’re being imported from Mexico.
Research shows that the children of gay and lesbian parents are normal. But Amie K. Miller’s family still faces some unique challenges.
Playground Pioneers (22)By | September 1, 2007
Kids will destroy your life, reports Jeremy Adam Smith. But don’t worry, parents: You’ll get a new one.
Bringing baby home (23)By | September 1, 2007
Peace Among Primates (24)By | September 1, 2007
Anyone who says peace is not part of human nature knows too little about primates, including ourselves.
Circles of Care (25)By | September 1, 2007
Before Alzheimer’s becomes a national crisis, new programs are trying to ease the pain and stress of caring for a loved one with the disease.
By David Sloan Wilson
Delacorte Press, 2007, 400 pages
By Babette Rothschild with Marjorie Rand
W. W. Norton & Company, 2006, 231 pages
By Erin Daly and Jeremy Sarkin
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007, 352 pages
By Norman Doidge
Viking Press, 2007, 427 pages
Pop Culture Review
The Placebo Effect (31)By | September 1, 2007
Does The Secret offer winning advice … or snake oil? Maybe a bit of both.
Ideas for the Greater Good
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
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