Coupling Ch 9 - Coupling: From Singlehood to Marriage Quiz...

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Coupling: From Singlehood to Marriage
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Quiz About Singles Men are more likely to live alone than women. The age group with the largest number of people who live alone is between age 25 and 34 Living together is a good way to find out whether partners will get along in marriage Women and men who live together typically share housework and other domestic tasks The percentage of never-married people is higher for whites than for Latinos
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Quiz About Singles Most singles are happier than most married people About the same percentage of people live in unmarried-couple households as in married-couple households. Utah has the lowest percentage of same-sex households Rates of domestic violence are lower among gay couples than among straight couples Most elderly people have numerous options in deciding where to live
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Living Alone: 1990 and 2004
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Being Single 1. Individualistic nature of American society self fulfillment educational attainment fulfillment of career goal 1. Young adults are delaying marriage
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Myths About Singlehood Singles are tied to their mother’s apron strings. √Singles and marrieds have similar relationships with parents. Singles are selfish and self-centered. √ Singles often make more time for friends and are more active in the community than marrieds. Singles are well off financially. √ More singles than marrieds live at or below the poverty level. Singles are happier. √ Singles are more likely to be lonely and to be depressed when alone. There is something wrong with unmarried people. √ Many singles feel that the disadvantages of marriage outweigh the benefits.
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Explanations for increasing numbers Being single is more socially acceptable Society more accepting of premarital/non- marital sexual behavior Financial support from parents or caregivers High satisfaction with friendship, health, economic situation
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Gender Differences in Singlehood Never Married Men experience poorer health, higher rates of suicide Women are better organized, manage lives better Young unmarried men and women are well educated with high status careers and jobs Never-married women in later life are more economically disadvantaged than older, married women
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Urban Tribes Mixed-gender circles of friends Primary social support system for singles Begin as group of friends Over time assume certain roles Share rituals Feel mutual obligations to support and care for each other Do not feel need to rush into marriage
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course WOST 301 taught by Professor Bessellieu during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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Coupling Ch 9 - Coupling: From Singlehood to Marriage Quiz...

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