FAD2230 Chapter 8 notes

FAD2230 Chapter 8 notes - Chapter 8: Marital Relationships...

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Chapter 8: Marital Relationships over the Family Life Cycle 1. Marriage and Personal Happiness a. Quality of marriage has strong effect on happiness and life satisfaction i. Sleeping and eating habits b. Partners’ flexibility and willingness to make adjustments is critical 2. Family Life Cycle a. Family life is divided into stages (phases) over life span and seeks to explain changes in structure and function of family change with each stage b. Data on Family Life Cycles c. Typical (lasting marriage) life cycle i. 2 people get married 1. Men 27 2. Women 25 ii. Wait two years to have first of two children 1. Two years between next child iii. Youngest child leaves at age 20 1. Men 51 2. Women 49 iv. Empty nest to retirement 1. Man 51-65 2. Woman 49-65 v. Man dies at 74 vi. Women widow until dies at 80 d. Divorced and remarried life cycle: i. ~More complicated ii. Divorce when she is 30 and he’s 32 and children are 3 and 5 iii. Man remarries 4 years later (36)
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1. New spouse is 33 a. She has two children (8 and 6 living with her) 2. Father is 50 when youngest stepchild moves out at age 20 3. 15 years of empty nest until he retires at 65 4. Dies at 74 iv. Woman remarries 3 years later (33) 1. Children are 6 and 8 when she remarries 2. 47 when youngest child moves out 3. 18 empty nest years with new spouse 4. Retires at 65 5. 9 years until new spouse dies at 74 6. 8 years as widow 7. Dies at 80 v. New marriage may create a “concrete child” to cement the relationship e. Changes in Marital Satisfaction i. Stable/positive 1. Stable but not static 2. Maintain moderately high satisfaction and positive affection ii. Stable/neutral 1. Never emotionally close 2. Marry for other reasons 3. Comfortable; no excessive conflict iii. Curvilinear 1. Satisfaction high early in marriage 2. Drops in middle 3. Rises after children leave home
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4. *Most common iv. Continuous decline 1. Gradual erosion of marital satisfaction v. Continuous increase 1. Derive increasing satisfaction over the years 3. Gay and Lesbian Families a. While most research focuses on how they differ; there are many similarities. b.
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2011 for the course FAD 2230 taught by Professor Byno during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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FAD2230 Chapter 8 notes - Chapter 8: Marital Relationships...

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