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Exam 1 Study Guide - MichelleMelo Chapter1 Boundaries

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Michelle Melo Chapter 1  Boundaries Families create boundaries, both physical and psychological.  Ex: sunbathing in private, filtering what books, magazines, shows, etc., are allowed in  the household. Families mark off some physical space that is private and theirs alone. “What kinds of things are allowed to enter the family space and under what conditions  and what kinds of items are simply not permitted admission” Front stage- what we show the public.  Backstage-  is the private sphere, where we can be relaxed. Choosing by default Unconscious decisions when people make decisions not aware of all the alternatives or when they pursue the  common path. Ex: I’m in this class, but there’s a another class I would prefer to take going on, since I  didn’t do my research, I chose this one. another kind of decision by default occurs when people pursue a course of action  primarily because it seems the easiest thing to do.  Ex: spouses may focus on career success to the neglect of their relationship simply  because this is what society expects of them.   Choosing by knowledgably Recognizing as many options or alternatives as possible.  A second component in making knowledgeable decisions is recognizing the social  pressures that may influence personal choices. Sometimes people decide that they agree with socially accepted or prescribed behavior.  Important aspect of making knowledgeable choices is considering the consequences of  each alternative rather than just gravitating toward one that initially seemed most  attractive.  Ex: Pros vs Cons, weighing out your options 
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Family U.S. Census Bureau defines family as   two or more people who share a household, that  is, reside together, and who are related by blood, marriage, or adoption.  Today, family members are not necessarily bound to each other by legal marriage, by  blood, or by adoption but may experience family relationships and commitment in other  forms.  Nuclear Family  What society agrees is the “traditional” family. Husband, wife, and children Today, only 7% of families fit this description.  Primary Group Any group in which there is a close, face-to-face relationship Primary groups can give us the feeling of being accepted and liked for who we are.  Secondary Group More distant, practical, and unemotional relationships.  Ex: a professional organization or business association Chapter 2 Cultural Broker Managing interaction with bureaucracies and the larger society.  Parents may resent their dependency and step up their assertion of authority, while  children believe they are receiving mixed messages. 
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Exam 1 Study Guide - MichelleMelo Chapter1 Boundaries

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