Reading Questions due March 28

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Reading Questions due March 28 Rd. 13 – Grounds for Marriage: How Relationships Succeed or Fail by Arlene Skolnick 1. Where does the U.S. marriage rate stand relative to that of other advanced industrial countries? - The United States has the highest marriage rates among the advanced industrial countries. 2. How does Skolnick explain such high marriage rates and very high divorce rates in the U.S.? - Skolnick explains that there are very high divorce rates and marital rates because of the many different relationships between the two members. Marriage is not only done out of love, but also for economic security, status, and the interests of parents and kin. 3. Once again we read about the “psychological revolution” and its effect on marriage? What does that revolution entail? Why the change? - The psychological revolution was the entire change in the way people look at marriage, parenthood, and their lives in general. There was such a change because in the 1950’s a marriage was good if both partners filled their social roles in marriage. As we moved into the 1970’s marriage was more so about emotional attachment and love. This change came about because of the rising education levels. In the 1950’s the psychological approach was found by the few people who went to college, and by the 1970’s the psychological approach had become “common coin.” 4. Prior to 1970 much research on marital happiness or satisfaction was based on large surveys in which people rated their own marriages. What was new about the research on marriage conducted during the 1970s? -The research was new because there had not been research done in which married couples rated their own marriages then had their results correlated with demographic factors like occupation, education, and income. 5. While Skolnick admits that there is no grand theory of marriage, research has taught us a lot about marriage and marital success. She refers to specific research to emphasize these insights. What is the insight that Jessie Bernard’s research provides? - Jesse Bernard’s research shows that each marriage contains two marriages, the
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