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CHFD 3930 - CHFD 3930 CHAPTER 11-STRESS SOCIAL SUPPORT...

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CHFD 3930 CHAPTER 11--STRESS & SOCIAL SUPPORT: INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS IN CONTEXT Context- encompasses everything that affects relationships outside of the partners and interactions between them.(physical environment—climate, architecture, socioeconomic conditions; social environment—family, friends, coworkers; historic era, natural disasters, stock market crashes, and everything else that happens to each partner outside of their relationship) Elements of the proximal context include the time of day that an interaction takes place, the room the couple interacts in, whether each partner had a good day at work or a bad one. Stressor—an aspect of the environment that makes demands on the partners, leaving them with a reduced capacity to maintain their relationship. Resource—a source of support outside the couple, something that contributes to partners’ ability to interact effectively. A good income and partners with the flexibility to devote time to one another are associated with stronger relationships.
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