Chapter 1 - 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 8/28/07 Lecture Chp 1: Intro to...

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1. 8/28/07 2. Lecture – Chp 1: Intro to Marriages and Families 3. Myths about marriages and families 4. Defining marriages and families 5. Functions of family 1. Myths about marriages and families i. Myth 1. belief about someone or something that is believed to be true, but is false, made-up, or exaggerated 2. Can be dysfunctional a. Negative consequences that disrupt a family b. Divert attention from widespread social problems that affect families 3. Can be functional a. Can bring people together and promote social solidarity b. Myth: The universal, idealized nuclear family of the past i. Nuclear family 1. Family made u of a wife, husband, and their biological or adopted children 2. Traditionally husband works and wife is homemaker 3. This is a universal family structure ii. Reality 1. No one single marriage and family pattern across human societies a. Families have never been static; they have always been changing 2. the “good old days” are romanticized notions c. Myths: What is natural i. Strong opinions about what is “natural” or “unnatural” in marriages and families 1. Myth that today’s family problems stem from move away from naturalness ii. Reality
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1. Families take many forms and what may seem natural to you might not be
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