Soc1101-Article2 - Tiauna Hendrickson September 24, 2009...

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Tiauna Hendrickson September 24, 2009 Soci1101 – Holland Scholarly Article II Analysis of “How partners in long-term relationships view marriages” The Australian Institute of Family Studies conducted a study on marriage, questioning it’s participants on their meaning of the word marriage and their promotion and support for a satisfying long- term marriage. Their research focused on examining what caused a decline in marital quality and an increase in the number of divorces. Their studies showed that the overall importance of the quality of the marital relationship affects the overall functioning of the family. Before going into further details, outlining the basis of their studies and the final results, the authors provide background information on two studies that measured the longevity of a marital relationship. One of the studies conducted by Wallerstein and Blakeslee (1995), focused exclusively on couples that had been married for a long period of time. Wallerstein and Blakeslee’s study interviewed 50 happily married couples that had been together for over 9 years, and on average were at least 48 years of age, middle to upper class urban residents that were well educated, with at least one child. They took the history of each marriage, including information on the family- of-origin, details on
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