Lecture 7 - Family and the Elderly

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Family and the Elderly Lecture 7
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Types of Bonding Interdependence Intimacy Belonging
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Types of Families Nuclear Extended Other
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Demographic Factors Affecting Family Structure Birth Rates Mortality Rates Gender Race/Ethnicity Social Class Divorce
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Marital Status of Elderly 2000 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1
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Couplehood Most older people are married and living with their spouses in independent households Couple relationship tends to be focal point As average lifespan increases, so does number of years couple can expect to live together Most older couples have been together since early childhood but about 50,000
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Marital Satisfaction High degree of interdependence, gradual blurring of sex Among 15% dissatisfied –adult children at home, poor communication, and low enjoyment of sex. Retirement, income, and education not related to satisfaction - long-term disability was. Marital satisfaction follows U pattern –
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Functions of Couplehood Personal Intimacy Sexual Intimacy Interdependence Belonging
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Remarriage Desire for companionship
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course PUBLIC HEA 243 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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Lecture 7 - Family and the Elderly - Family and the Elderly...

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