lecture 11-6 - 1950 2002 Age at First Marriage 1960 1999 of...

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Age at First Marriage Women Men 1950 20 22 2002 25 27
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% of US adults married by age 35 Women Men 1960 87 88 1999 71 69 Courtship stages give romantic partners ways to escape before the consequences become too serious Courtship stages o Stage 1: Couples interact as individual members of a larger group o Stage 2: interested party confides in a trusted group member who explores the possibility of reciprocal interest o Stage 3: an approach is made o Stage 4: couple breaks off from the group and goes into seclusion Desire for complete disclosure Recreate personal histories o Stage 5: the two rejoin the group as a couple o Stage 6: family members are informed of the relationship o Stage 7: pressure from the families leads to a proposal of engagement o Stage 8: engagement and planning for wedding creates tremendous stress on the couple o Stage 9: Wedding Sexual relations increase partners’ power over each other. The resulting stress can accelerate the courtship process, by either ending it early or moving it toward stage 9.
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