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Unformatted text preview: I ntimacy and commitment Endogamy, exogamy • Marry inside/outside of a particular group or tribe. Halo effect • The tendency to infer positive characteristics or traits based on a person’s physical attractiveness. Cohabitation Who cohabits o Lower education o Lower incomes o Who are less religious o Who have experienced fatherlessness, parental divorce or high levels of parental discord. o Who are divorced. Rate of cohabitation o Have a higher break up rate. o Have a lower level of household income. o Have poorer communication o Higher levels of child/partner abuse o Over 40% of cohabiting couple households contain children o If they do not marry, fewer than 5% of couples are still together five years later. o Only about 44% of cohabiting mothers will eventually marry the father of their children. Advantages & disadvantages • Advantages of cohabitation o Save money o Getting to know each other better o Spending more time together o “trial marriage” • Disadvantages of cohabitation o Less sexual loyalty o Feelings of being used o Higher rate of violence o Assumption that you can just walk out of the relationship Legal uncertainties Engagement Functions o Public commitment- defines the goal of the relationship....
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course FCE 145 taught by Professor Jacobs during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '08