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Fams 205 Exam 1 Study Guide

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FAMS 205 Exam 1 study guide Chapter 1   Definitions of family – a group of two people or more related by birth, marriage or adoption  residing together.   Types of family: 1.      fictive kin – relationships they develop to survive 2.      affiliated kin – unrelated individuals who feel and are treated as if they were  relatives Ex: neighbors, family friends 3.      nuclear family – consisting of a mother father and children 4.      family of origin/orientation – family we grow up in 5.      family of procreation – family of choice we make through childbearing 6.      traditional family – a mostly middle class version of the nuclear family in  which women’s primary roles are wife, mother, and men's primary roles are  husband and breadwinner   Functions of family: 1.      assignment of social roles and status. 2.      socialization of children. 3.      acting as a unit of economic cooperation and consumption. 4.      Procreation   Types of relationship in families: 1.      Conjugal – related by marriage 2.      Consanguineous – related by blood   The changes in family structures   Views about the family changes: 1.      Conservatives – traditional family, it is wrong to be a single parent, mother  must be a stay at home mom, stereotypes father is the breadwinner, no same sex  marriage, cultural values have shifted from individual sacrifice toward personal  self­fulfillment 2.      Liberal – all acceptable, changes are just changes not signs of familial denial 3.      Centrists – share aspects of both, they believe some familial changes have  negative consequences, emphasis on cultural values more than liberals 4.      Acceptors – see trends as making no differences to society or good to society 5.      Skeptics – who share relatively tolerant views of the acceptors, but do express  concern about potential impact of trends 6.      Rejecters – changes are bad for society   Chapter 2 Forms of marriage: 1.      Polygamy – two or more spouses 2.      Monogamy – one spouse at a time 3.      Polyandry – having two or more husbands, rare 4.      Serial monogamy – may have several spouses in a lifetime, not more than one  at any given time 5.      Polygyny – having two or more wives   Sources of biases: 1.      Ethnocentrism – judging other ones culture based on your cultural values 2.      Egocentrism – little interest in others, very self­absorbed   Macro theories: key concepts, assumptions and questions about family that the  theory can answer: Ecological theory Structural functionalism Conflict Feminist perspective Microtheories key concepts, assumptions and questions about family that the theory can answer: Family systems Family development theory Symbolic interactionism Social exchange theory     Research: Meaning of scientific research and concepts Variables: 1. independent variable ­ influences the dependent variable 2. dependent variable ­ outcome variable 3. intervening variable ­ affected by the IB, race, and in turn affects the dependent variable, life  expectancy Hypotheses Classification of research: types of research: ­ purpose/goal ­ type of data collected ­ quantitative or statistical, inferential statistics used to determine results ­ non­quantitative ­ not using stats or non­quantitative methods ­ design ­ inductive and deductive research ­ data collection technique 1. basic research ­ pure research, done for development of theories and principles or for intellectual  pleasure 2. applied research ­ testing a theory, or solving a problem Inductive vs. deductive research 1. inductive ­ aims at developing a theory, not hypothesis aims at testing a theory  2. deductive ­ theory driven, key concepts turned into variables Data collection, type of data and timing of data collection Ethical considerations when researching human subjects and the role of Institutional review  board (IRB)   Chapter 4   Gender ­ refers to everything else, how one sees oneself, the expectations one forms of others  based on their being females and males, roles in the house, opportunities for education Difference between sex and gender sex is biologically determined and gender is what you identify as Gender related terminologies: 1. transsexual ­ individuals develop gender identities that differ from biological sex assigned at  birth 2. intersexed ­ born with reproductive system that doesnt fit the typical definition of male and  female 3. gender stereotype ­ held belief that all males and females result of sex possess distinct  psychological and behavioral traits 4. gender attitude ­ attitudes 5. gender behavior ­ behavior based on gender 6. gender identity ­ sense of ourselves as a certain gender 7. Other cultures and gender Gender theory Gendered role socialization theories: Social learning and cognitive development theory Parents gendered socialization:  1. manipulation ­ treat daughters more gently than boys 2. channeling ­ children are directed toward certain objects or toys relating to gender 3. verbal appellation ­ different words to describe young boys vs. young girls 4. activity exposure ­ boys are discouraged from imitating their mothers, while girls are expected to be a mothers helper, more exposure to feminine activity as a child and boys are told to shy away  from it Peer socialization ­ friends influence a lot, provide standards for gendered role behaviors    Chapter 8   Marriage: a legal union between two people, generally a man and a woman, in which they are  united sexually, cooperate economically, and may give birth or adopt children Who is likely to be married and who is not ­ historically involves number of spouses, and whether or not it is interracial, and gender  orientation ­ marriage laws governed by each state are different ­ gender and sex orientation ­ minimum age is 18 in 49 out of 50 states  ­ no overlap between spouses  ­ must present a legal termination of one spouse before another ­ mental capacity ­ blood test  Selecting a mate: 1. Endogamy ­ marriage around acquaintances strengthens ties and allows to pick from socialized,  acceptable, potential partners 2. Exogamy ­ everyone else marry outside groups, out of our own family specifically 3. Homogamy ­ marry those who have the tendency to choose a mate whose personal or group  characteristics are similar to our own 4. Heterogamy ­ tendency to choose a mate whose personal or group characteristics are different  from our own or our group, like SES, religion, interracial marriages  Theories of mate selection: 1. Complementary needs theory ­ the belief that people select as spouses whose needs are different  from their own 2. Value theory (role theory) ­ gratification follows from finding someone who feels and or thinks  like we do 3. Parental Image theory ­ suggests that we seek partners similar to our opposite sex parent  4. Filter theories ­ the choice of spouse is based on a number of different factors that become less  important as the relationship develop, grows, and changes  5. Stimulus­value­role theory ­ depict what happens between that magic moment with its  mysterious chemistry of attraction to maintain long term relationships/marriages Benefits of marriage 1. health and psychological 2. economically ­ extended family can help 3. social selection vs protection Parenthood and marriage ­ circumstances chance, more responsibility, decline of independent  activities, father may feel sad because less attention paid to him more towards the child   Chapter 9 Alternative family forms: Single­Never married, Divorced, Widows, Single parents and  cohabitors. Types of singles 1. Voluntary and temporarily unmarried ­ younger men and women actively pursuing higher  education and careers, freedom, fun, socialize, number of different sexual relationships, have  opportunity to establish themselves and mature 2. Involuntarily and temporarily unmarried ­ men and women in this category want to be married so they are actively searching for a spouse 3. Voluntary and permanently unmarried ­ individuals who are single and want to remain single,  never married single mothers, do not intend to marry 4. Involuntary unmarried ­ wish to be married, but have been unable to find a partner, and resigned  to being unmarried, women facing a shortage of men who share similar interests and age (40 and  older) Cohabitation ­ living together and not formally married The prevalence of cohabitation and reasons 1. sexuality is more liberal than it was a generation ago 2. meaning of marriage and divorce have chanted 3. marriage age has delayed 4. women are less economically dependent on marriage  Types of cohabitations 1) Trial marriage ­ the motive for living together outside marriage is to assess whether or partners  have sufficient compatibility to enter marriage 2) Precursor to marriage ­ partners share the expectation that they will eventually marry 3) Substitute for marriage ­ partners are not engaged and have no intention to marry, but they  anticipate staying together 4) Coresidential marriage ­ the relationship is more like serious boyfriend­girlfriend relationship,  lacking any intention or expectation to marry Cohabitation in 5 types: 1. Prelude to marriage ­ testing ground for the relationship, partners would like to marry or break  up before having children, short duration,  2. Stage in the marriage process ­ may reverse the order of marriage and childbearing, they cohabit  for longer periods, and then briefly postponing marriage knowing they will eventually marry 3. Alternative to singlehood ­ too young to marry with no immediate intention to marry, living  together or separately, commitment of a dating couple, prone to separation and breaking up 4. Alternative to marriage ­ couples choose living together over marriage, but still choose to form  their families, 5. Indistinguishable from marriage ­ more indifferent rather than opposed to marriage, lack  incentive to formalize their relationships through marriage Sassler identifies six broad categories as to why couples decided to cohabit  1. finances 2. convenience  3. housing situation 4. desire 5. response to family or parents  6. as a trial  then comes a three category typology: 1. accelerated cohabitants ­ decide to move in quickly, intensity of attraction and connection spend  lots of time together, moving in is a natural process 2. tentative cohabitants ­ uncertainty about moving in together, 7­12 months together before  moving in together, see each other less often than first category, experienced disruptions in  relationship before moving in 3. Purposeful delayers ­ most deliberate in the decision making process, relationship progressed  more gradually, taking more than a year to move in together, allow time to discuss and plan  future goals and plans, reasons why moved in together for finances and housing arrangements  Comparison between cohabitation and marriage marriage is institutionalized and cohabitation is not, and there are different commitments  Common law marriages ­ back in the 1900’s they lived together without marriage and after a  period of time they were just considered married Domestic partnership ­ cohabiting heterosexual, lesbian, gay, couples in committed relationships  may be guaranteed certain legal rights and granted some of the protection of marriage  Civil union Gay and lesbian cohabitation    


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