Marriage changes couples relation to each other and relationships with the

Marriage changes couples relation to each other and

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Marriage changes couples’ relation to each other and relationships with the outside world Changes the way you are treated by the world Benefits of marriage Promise of permanence o Cohabitation is not the same as marriage Specialization o Pick what you want to do in relationship Example Cleaning, cooking, yard work o As relationship progresses becomes more specialized o Men benefit more from this Example Women’s’ house work increases o More efficient way of living Married couples are more efficient Drawback- breakups are harder Joint resources Two cost less than one and one Someone to take care of you and support you Improves mental and physical health Reforming men o Aren’t doing stupid things anymore Improving women’s finances o Case against promoting marriage Selection efects Do we know that people who don’t get married would accrue the same benefits as those who do so now?
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Controlling for demographics is not enough Are the positives limited to happy marriages? Only 1 in 4 couples who are married 10 years later are still happy Are other types of life styles happily lived, as good as marriages? o Stress communication and Health Temporary assistance of needy families Bush signed Deficit Reduction Act which funded TANF 100 million dollars per year was earmarked for improving marital outcomes in low income families The program assumption Child better of with 2 parents married parents Increase healthy marriages among low-income parents Government has a role in influencing parent’s marital behaviors Child will be better of with married parents Step parents are more likely to abuse o Not common but more likely Issues in foster care system Children benefit in stable environments o Biological is just one way Looking a low income families and minority population Why are these groups not getting married? o Money Woman doesn’t want to support male o Prospective mates aren’t eligible o Want to maintain control o Do not trust men in their lives o Low income women put emphasis on marriage Don’t need convincing Because they value marriage they aren’t getting married Want it to work o STRESS Making it hard on low income families to have successful marriages and families Causes fight vs flight Poverty is a HUGE stressor Chronic stressor o It is always there o Stress gives rise in relationship issues Stress draws attention away from relationship High levels of daily stress predict
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Less responsive Fewer family activities Less sex o Stress hinders Constructive Responses to relationship issues Harder to have self-control We no talk good under stress More negative attribution Simply having good relationships skills may not be enough to protect marriages from stress Challenges traditional stress bufering models of relationship skills o Example- military families o Social Support and health Social support The existence of social relationships The structure of one’s social networks Perceived and received support Good social relationships (supportive) is a good as stopping smoking for decreasing mortality rate
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