Chapter 9-Cohab - October 6 2007 I Chapter 9 Alternatives...

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October 6, 2007 Chapter 9: Alternatives to Marriage -Cohabitation I. The Unmarried: Reasons for Their Increasing Numbers a. 4 Social Factors Encourage Postponing Marriage i. Changes in the economy may make early marriage less attractive  ii. Improved contraception may contribute to the decision to delay getting  married iii. The Sex Ration     -the ration of men to women in a given  society/subgroup of a society; ratios can affect the odds of finding a  spouse; there are more women than men in older age groups; there  were more single men than single women in their 20s & early 30s  iv. Changing Attitudes Toward Marriage & Singlehood - 1. compared to married ppl, singles hold more individualistic than  familistic values 2. never-married singles are more likely to have playful love styles  & less likely to have unselfish love styles than are marrieds  3. singles may intensify their individualistic attitudes the longer they  remain unmarried 4. high divorce rates have left many gun-shy 5. being single is now an option and not just a deviant lifestyle like  in the past  6. no longer the principle factor in adult status v. African American Singles (pg. 242-243) II. Income & Singlehood  III. The Various Living Arrangement of Nonmarrieds a. Living Alone i. # of on-person households has increased dramatically over the past 30  yrs ii.
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