101811 - SOC 308 Prof Kristen Schultz Lee Overview o Linked...

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SOC 308 Prof Kristen Schultz Lee 10-18-11 Overview o Linked lives: Marital quality How have marital stability and divorce been studied in the past? What are the shortcomings of such studies? Why might husbands and wives give different reports of their marital quality? How are the consequences of marital unhappiness different for men and women and why? How do our parents’ marriages impact our own marriages? What are Amato and DeBoer’s findings and how do they include an attention to linked lives? Marital Quality and Divorce o Previously looked at marital quality and socio-historical context (effect of birth cohort) o Today, linked lives and marital quality and divorce How do we usually measure relationship quality? o Often measured by asking one spouse about the relationship. o Often measured at one point in time. How have marital quality and divorce been studied in the past? o Focus on: Economic indicators Socio-economic characteristics Individual attitudes and beliefs Read excerpt from: Thompson, Linda and Alexis J. Walker. 1989. “Gender in Families: Women and Men in Marriage, Work, and Parenthood.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 51: 845-871. From “Marriage” to “Sexual Intimacy” Think about the following questions: o
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