Although based on Melville's "Marriage and Family Today", this book has been completely reorganized and rewritten by Gloria Bird to reflect the diversity of families. To reflect the extent of this revision and the nature of families today, we have retitled the book, "Families and Intimate Relationships". The revision includes new chapters on power and family violence, stress, interpersonal lifestyles, single-parent families and a new appendix on managing a financial partnership. Bird's expertise in the areas of dual career families and stress is evident in the exceptionally strong coverage of these critical topics. Also available with this new edition is an Assessment Manual designed to help students evaluate their own interpersonal relationships.