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Exam One CMN336 Good luck - 1 Exam One CMN336 Good luck Add...

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1 Exam One CMN336 Good luck! Add oil! Definitions of Family & Families Today: Chapters 1 & 2 1. Be familiar with the different definitions of family and why it is important to make a distinction (e.g., what are the implications of how we define families) - Popernoe (1993) : "A relatively small domestic group of kin (family) consisting of at least one adult and on dependent person". - Gensus bureau (2002): "A group of two people or more <one of whom is the householder> related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people < including related subfamily members> are considered as members of one family". - Fitzpatrick and Caughlin (2002) : a transactional process approach defines the family as " a group of intimates who generate a sense of home and group identity, have strong ties of loyalty and emotion, and experience a history and a future". 2. What is LePoire’s definition of family Determine membership in a family to necessarily include: relatedness (biological, legal or commitment similar to marriage; nurturing (behaviors that attempt to encourage development) and control (behaviors that attempt to guide or influence) 3. Be familiar with the functions of family communication (control, nurturing, etc) - Both nurturing and control require communication - Changing family forms require communication for coordination - Roles, systems, and rules require communication - Relationship development leading to coupling requires communication - Adding children requires communication - Raising children requires communication - Balancing intimacy and autonomy requires communication - Managing conflict requires communication - Dealing with violence requires communication - Changing undesirable behavior in the family requires communication 4. Be able to distinguish among the different family forms (e.g., family or origin vs. family of procreation; blended family versus nuclear family) - Cohabiting couples : committed opposite-sex partners who live together - Nuclear Family: two biological parents raising biological or adoptive offspring - Binuclear families -two households where children reside alternately with one biological parent and one non-biological parent residing in both households - stepfamilies: one biological parent, a non-biological parent and biological child of one parent - blended families: includes children from former relationships and the new children - Extended families: Families in which 3 generations are represented 5. Know the difference between a civil union and a marriage - Marriage: establishes a legal kinship between spouses, recognized countries; cultures - Civil union: only recognized on the state level/ receive a fraction of the benefits
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2 6. Know the trajectories of blended families - Developmental trajectories: Accelerate reflected a pattern of relatively rapid movement toward “feeling like a family” / declining: begin at high then decline /prolonged28% : entered the trajectory at lower levels of feeling like a family and progressed toward feeling like a family at much slower rate, with positive turning point still outnumbering negative turning point at a ratio of 3 to 1. /
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