Family Relationships Exam 3 Notes

Family Relationships Exam 3 Notes - Family Relationships...

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Family Relationships Exam 3 Notes THE DECISION TO PARENT CHAPTER 10 ~THE DECISION NOT TO PARENT~ >FOREGOING PARENTHOOD *NOT childless! *Could be voluntary or involuntary *Growth in voluntary child-free relationships… -Woman does not equal mother -Related to education and ethnicity -Goes against social norms >THE DECISION TO PARENT >>DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS *Fertility Rate-number of live births per thousand women. Women between 15-34 yrs old. -Declining in US (overall) -Variation (race, class, education, income) HIGH INCOME WHEN OLDER=HIGH FERTILITY RATE LOW INCOME WHEN YOUNGER=HIGH FERTILITY RATE *WHY? -Opportunities for women -Changing gender roles -Improvements in technology (ex: birth control) >>DEFFERED PARENTHOOD *Delay having kids *Why? -Career -Need to find “right” partner -Timing -Birth control -Delayed marriage -Desire for stability *Positives: -Emotional Maturity -Greater Parenting Satisfaction -More responsible and stable -More confident *Negatives: -Stigma
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-Less Energy -Fewer Children -Health Concerns -Disrupted Retirement >>BECOMING A PARENT *Symbol of Maturity *Irreversibility *Lack of Preparation *Idealization and Romanticization *Suddenness *Role Conflict *Continuous Coverage System >>THINGS CHANGE… *Identity and inner-life *Marital roles and relationship *Intergenerational relationships *Roles and responsibilities outside the family *Parenting role and relationships >>PROTECTIVE FACTORS *Strong parental relationship *Open communication *Agreement on family planning *Strong desire for child *PREGNANCY* >>PREGNANCY TASKS *Develop attachment to fetus *Address relationship issues *Evaluate responsibilities/roles >>PREGNANCY CHALLENGES *Fear/anxiety *Sexuality *Physical Attractiveness *Role Expectations >>PREGNANCY LOSS (6-8 weeks/miscarriages/more common for older women) *REACTIONS* *Profound shock, grief, loss, anger… *Traumatizing societal reactions -“you can always try again.” -“something must have been wrong.” -“it was meant to be.”
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>>COPING WITH MISCARRIAGE *Don’t ignore your grief *Not your fault! *Your grief is normal *Give it time *Express all emotions (talk about it) *Access support *Nurture relationship >>INFERTILITY *Can’t conceive after 12 months of unprotected sex *As people age…chance of infertility increases >>REACTIONS: *Stressful… -Physical stress -Emotional roller coaster -Gender Identity -Failure -Punishment -Relationship stress (sex life) *Manage the telling *Most couples seek treatment >>COPING: *Connect with family and friends *Educate yourself *Know you are normal *Express all feelings *Respect different experiences (couples) *Communicate needs *Know your limits *Engage in self care 11/19/09 CONSEQUENCES OF DIVORCE *ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES* -Impoverish women and children -Why?
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