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Dating, Courtship and Marriage Week 3 Notes

by: Jenny Dixon

Dating, Courtship and Marriage Week 3 Notes CDFS 4340

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Dating, courtship and marriage
(EXL) The Contemporary Family
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jenny Dixon on Friday September 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CDFS 4340 at Middle Tennessee State University taught by Seul in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see (EXL) The Contemporary Family in Child Development and Family Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Date Created: 09/09/16
The Contemporary Family CDFS 4340 Week 3 Notes: 9/7/16 “Dating, Cohabitation & Marriage” *Group discussion: Family Feud* >Courtship (Dating) -Functions of dating -Evolutions and history >Traditional Date: -Victorian Era: Men courted women with supervision -Dating is an “invention” of 1920s -Courting (more individualized) >Dating today: -Traditional dating is dead -Dating in groups - More common to date after hanging out -Online, books -Hook-up setting: Often follows alcohol intake >Where do relationships come from? -Made official through “the talk” (are we together, is this a thing, etc) -Relationship ambiguity >Gender and Hook-Up: Women: Sluts Men: “The Man” *This is a double-standard* >Rational vs. Recreational Sex: -Rational (National survey): Women: Sex in relationships Men: More recreational >What has changed? -Birth control -Abortions in 70’s legalized -Oral sex: More accepted in younger generation, SO people are marrying later. >Cohabitation (Changes in dating have led to cohabitation): -1960: 439,000 cohabitating -2013: 8,100,100 cohabitating -Biggest increase in cohabitation between 70’s and 80’s. -Increased by: Stability of marriage, children, sexual relations outside of marriage, birth control, religion (becoming more lenient). -As of 2013, age of marriage is: Women: 26 Men: 28 -Higher earning males/lower-earning females= quick to marry -Individualistic, materialistic, less family oriented (cohabiters) -More accepting of divorce (cohabiters) -Children of divorced parents are more likely to cohabitate >Marriage: -High levels of stress: Marital distress -Young adults value: Flexibility, autonomy, potential to upgrade relationships -Biggest factor: Stress from work (Most stressful job: Police officers) -Over half of marriages after age 21 make it with no divorce >Disagreeing: -Active listening (Gottman): Speak to one another as a therapist to a client -Use “I” statements: “I feel like you’re not doing your share of housework.” -Respond by paraphrasing what was said and empathize: “Sounds like you’re upset about this.” It’s all about tone. >Answers to slides 28-40: D, C,C,B,A,A,F,F,F,A,F,F,F


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