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California State University, Long Beach College of Health and Human Services Department of Family and Consumer Sciences CDFS 312 I Family and Personal Development SPRING 2020 Course Syllabus Instructor: Katheryn Whittaker, PsyD LMFT LPCC Class Meetings: Online Office Hours: Office hours are by appointment only Email: [email protected] , [email protected] Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements; PSY 100 or SOC 100 or ANTH 120; upper division standing; or consent of instructor. Goals: Child Development and Family Studies – CDFS 312I (3units), “Family and Personal Development,” introduces class members to the interdisciplinary study of personal development in family context; to historical and current events in the United States in terms of their impact on family and personal development; to racial, intra- and cross-cultural, social class, structural and family life distinctions; to normative and non-normative stressors affecting personal and family development; and to personal and family transitions throughout the family life cycle from a wellness perspective so as to enhance students’ potentials for functioning competently in close relationships. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Apply the components of a family wellness perspective of family functioning and apply this perspective to course materials throughout the semester; 2. Identify various patterns of family relationships in the United States and the economic, political, and technological forces that have historically affected the family; 3. Compare varied perspectives regarding functional and dysfunctional interpersonal and family relationships; 4. Identify psychological, social psychological, and sociological research methodologies for examining family and personal relationships; 5. Distinguish between constructive and destructive interpersonal communication; 6. Describe several theoretical perspectives associated with gender role socialization and development and the implications gender role typing for personal and family development; 7. Analyze various models associated with the development and dissolution of dating relationships; 8. Recognize factors affecting the development and maintenance of stable and satisfying relationships throughout the life cycle; 9. Analyze the psychological, social psychological, and sociological bases of sexual behavior in close relationships; 10. Examine developmental transitions in parent-child interaction in selected factors affecting satisfying outcomes for these relationships; 11. Explore variables affecting marital instability and their influence on family members' adjustment to the divorce process; 12. Examine, psychological, social psychological, and sociological changes in individual and family transitions during the middle and later years of family and personal development; 13. Explore alternative lifestyles as variations of the traditional family; 14. Analyze family adjustments resulting from family stress and strategies for minimizing strain on personal

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