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Chapter 10 newman notes - Chapter10:EnteringParenthood

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Chapter 10: Entering Parenthood The Cultural Importance of Parenthood Pronatalism- cultural belief that married couples should reproduce or should want to reproduce Agricultural societies, having children is a good thing because children directly contribute to the  family’s economic potential Percentages of US households w/at least 1 child under age 18 have steadily declined since 1960 People also are waiting longer to have children 85% of the respondents to the 2002 General Social Survey agreed or strongly agreed that watching  children grow up is 1 of life’s greatest joys forming the basis of real families children than do biological parents Research suggests that adopted children, especially those placed after infancy, are more likely than  those raised by their biological parents to experience difficulties in intellectual development, identity  William Feigelman- adoptees were similar to children from attenuated families in their tendency to  children from intact biological families As adults they were more likely to report lower levels of marital satisfaction Median income of households w/adopted children is $56,138, compared to $48,200 in households  w/only biological children Adoptive parents must devote a great deal of effort to becoming parents- they want to be parents Currently only 5 states allow adult adopted person to receive or even look at a copy of their original  birth certificate Infertility - couples who want genetically related children but are unable to have them A couples discovery that they are infertile can be experienced as an acute life crisis who, far more than men, are traditionally socialized to believe that “doing gender” appropriately 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2010 for the course SOC 356 taught by Professor Asd during the Spring '07 term at Bryant.

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Chapter 10 newman notes - Chapter10:EnteringParenthood

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