SocialPsych 9.70 - #HumanDevelopment

Lets agree to take the prototypical fa mily life

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: reason­ ably be expected to parallel generally those in other human systems at both the individual and the social levels. Let’s agree to take the prototypical "fa­ mily life cycle" as a process involving three successive generations, and to identify its beginning with the coming together of two young persons. Having reached, say, the GENITAL STAGE of psy­ chosexual development (as depicted in the columns to the left) they meet at a point in their lives at which (neuro-bio­ psycho-socio-culturally speaking) both are ready, willing and able to differen­ tiate enough from both their families of origin and their current peers in or­ der to form a family unit of their own. The point at which „boy meets girl” begins a process of courtship and indi­ cates the start of a new family system building process – which may take a variety of trajectories. The following entries trace a typical trajectory from the moment of courtship until the death of both spouses. INFANCY: STAGE I: SPHERE OF SIGNIFI­ CANT SOCIAL RELA­ TIONS: infant and primary caretaker (usually bio­ logical mother) The coming together ("engagement?") is an encounter (negotiation process) in which the two individuals must somehow reconcile many and varied traces of their respective...
View Full Document

This document was uploaded on 02/08/2014.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online