Lecture 25 - 03:37 FamilyPolicy&SocialPolicy Review

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03:37 Review Formal vs. Functional Definition of the Family  Approaches to family law: Formal legal – only individuals who have joined a family unit by marriage, birth or  adoption Normative that law aggress that only these people that fulfill those criteria will be  considered family Functional legal – birth, marriage and adoption matter, but aren’t everything – asks what  people themselves ask what they think is true about their relationships Ex: If you consider to be family and are considered to be family   maybe you are  Ex: If they act like they are married, and the community treats them as if they are  married  Gay marriage and step families  Allison vs. Virginia  History  Prevalence Numbers Measurement issues Preview Risk factors Explanations & interpretative frameworks
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The reach of family policy Welfare and welfare reform Intimate Partner Violence: Risk Factors Clear social gradients Domestic violence more frequent among: Poor, low income, low education, unemployed Cohabitation/divorced/remarried vs marriage  Young males (< 30)  Greater risk than older people  Men under 30 at highest risk of committing domestic violence (decreases with age) Race/Ethnicity (Female lifetime victimization 30% Black, 25% white, 15% Asian) Obvious problem of selection vs causation Risk factor ≠ cause  E.g., evidence suggests that greater prevalence of violence in cohabitation vs marriage  is due to selection of violent individuals into cohabitation and out of marriage  Selection: those that are more prone to violence are more likely to cohabit and not  marry in the first place  Violent people are selected into cohabitation Explanations: 3 for exposure to violence 
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Lecture 25 - 03:37 FamilyPolicy&SocialPolicy Review

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