TEST 3 - TEST3 Marriage [October.8.2010] Marriage- legally...

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TEST 3 16:40 Marriage [October.8.2010] Marriage- legally and socially sanctioned union of sexually intimate adults o Features include: o Economic interdependence, common residence, sexual fidelity, and shared responsibility for children Challenging Tradition o More and more people are remaining single longer o Median age for first marriage is now 26 for women and 27 for men o In 1960, it was 20.3 and 22.8 respectively o Seventeen used to carry ads for wedding china and feature dinner recipes o Cohabitation is on the rise o Married couples are now a minority of households o Marriage is no longer considered permanent o Gender roles are more flexible o The numbers of “childfree”, or “childless by choice” are rising How to Get married? o Why do people want to get married? Companionship Social stigma Economic concerns Welfare for children
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Desire to leave home Parental or peer pressure Choosing one o Arranged or free choice, depending on culture o Monogamy vs. polygamy o Endogamy and homogamy o There is still a tendency for men to be three or four years older than their wives o Stimulus-value-role theory o Couples move through these stages towards marriage o Initial attraction is based on stimuli o Early dating explores values o Established relationships build on partner roles o This theory has critics- too regimented Predictors of marital success o Most correlations are small, and researchers can’t agree on how to define success o Family background of marital success o Age (older is better) o Courtship length (longer is better) o Personality traits (at least negative ones) o Quality of premarital interaction The cycle of married life
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Families tend to progress through certain stages- family life cycle o Unattached young adult o Newlywed- happiness is high o Young children- happiness drops sharply o Adolescent children- still unhappy o Also prime time for “sandwiching”- caring for children and aging parents simultaneously o “empty nest”- was once difficult, now fairly easy adjustment o “boomerangs”- adult children who come back to live with parents o later life- problems similar to early married life Changing roles o Women are still mainly expected to interrupt or end their careers to care for children o At the least, they are expected to do the bulk of child-rearing activities o This occurs even in households with roughly equal divisions of housework o In most cases, women still do the bulk of housework, although this is changing o Interestingly, most women do not expect a 50/50 split in housework o Also interestingly, households where the husband does not hold traditional values are higher in satisfaction The bottom line for Gender Roles o Changing gender roles can lead to stress o Discuss role expectations before marriage! o
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TEST 3 - TEST3 Marriage [October.8.2010] Marriage- legally...

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