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CFS 240 Chapter 14 - Chapter 14 Sexuality and Adult years I...

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Chapter 14 – Sexuality and Adult years I. Single Living (increase – 20-30, 25% of all households) A. History – society’s attitude toward being single has always been pressure to get married o less stigma (spinster) B. Factors Contributing to Rise of Singleness 1. Marrying at Later Age 2. High Divorce Rates 3. Increase in Cohabitation 4. Emphasis on Higher Education 5. Women Less Economically Dependent on Men C. Sex and Single life o varies - as active as marrieds D. Single Life and Social Life o frequent meeting places II. Cohabitation (Domestic partnership)– common in 20s, 55% will marry A. Reasons for Cohabitation 1. Increased acceptance of Sexual Expression outside of marriage 2. Availability of a variety of birth control methods 3. Economic Reasons 4. Cementing One’s commitment to the relationship 5. Trial Run to Marriage 6. Informality B. Disadvantages 1. Lacks social acceptance 2. Economic Reasons – difficult to rent/buy 3. Legal Reasons – separation/death, taxes, insurance 4. more likely to engage in infidelity lower investment in relationship 5. greater risk of divorce C. Positive Benefits 1. Establishment on Relationship Competence 2. Identify Relationships Needs and Expectations 3. Determines Relationship Compatibility no pressure to take on husband/wife roles D. Opposing Outcomes 1. Dissolution is Too Easy
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2. Lacks Stability E. Cohabitation Not a Substitute for Marriage III. Marriage Myths – 90% marry, 50% of 1 st marriages end in divorce or separation
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