Chapter10 - Chapter 10: Marriage and Communication Why do...

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Chapter 10: Marriage and Communication Why do we marry? By 30, 75% of US adults are married…why? Positive: 1. Love/companionship 2. Children 3. Identity 4. Commitment/fulfillment 5. Continuity/Permanence Negative: 1. Social legitimacy 2. Pressure 3. Economic security 4. Rebellion/revenge 5. Problem solving Types of marriages 1. Conflict-habituated 2. Devitalized 3. Passive-congenial 4. Vital 5. Total 80% of US marriages fall into first 3 categories: “Utilitarian” vs. “Intrinsic” But are they happy? Mostly, yes (60-70%); but what does it take? 1. Compatibility: do opposites really attract? 2. Flexibility: learn to adapt 3. Positive attitudes: Don’t worry…be happy 4. Communication & Conflict resolution: Welcome to my office… 5. Emotional support: Lean on me Marriage & Health Selection effect: Healthy people attracted to healthy people? Protection effect: Marriage itself promotes health via different types of support A gender difference? Healthy Husbands: “emotional capital” (why?)/medical checkups
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This note was uploaded on 12/19/2009 for the course HDFS 360 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '09 term at Ohio State.

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Chapter10 - Chapter 10: Marriage and Communication Why do...

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