Understanding Families offers students the opportunity to perform meaningful, hands-on research exercises, using contemporary and historical data on families. Through an interactive workbook format, readers are introduced to a number of interesting issues and research questions, such as the fertility rates of American families, the health and welfare of children in families, and the impact of dual worker parents on family life. Each chapter consists of a brief introduction to a major issue or research question, followed by a research exercise. This book can be used to introduce or reinforce lectures and discussions or as a lab manual for in-class use or homework assignments. Other titles in the Critical Thinking and Analysis series include: Understanding Social Issues: Critical Thinking and Analysis, Sixth Edition Gai Berlage and William Egelman (2003; ISBN 0-205-35108-5) Understanding Racial and Ethnic Groups: Critical Thinking and Analysis William Egelman (2002; ISBN 0-205-33352-4)Egelman, William is the author of 'Understanding Families Critical Thinking and Analysis', published 2003 under ISBN 9780205352623 and ISBN 0205352626.