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HDFS 3/3/16 Notes

by: Summer Boone

HDFS 3/3/16 Notes HDFS 2100

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Summer Boone
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Development within the Family
Dr. Chalandra M. Bryant

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Notes for March 3, 2016
Development within the Family
Dr. Chalandra M. Bryant
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Date Created: 03/03/16
HDFS 332016 Mate Selection across the Life Course oz Partnering across the Life Course Decision to enter into a romantic relationship preferences for partner attributes and goals for relationships vary across the life course oz Brief Intro to Life Course Different from quotlife spanquot Emphasizes the importance of time context process and meaning on development Key ideas 3 T s o Trajectories Long term pattern of stability and change involves multiple transitions in uenced by turning points 9 Transitions Going from one route to another high school to college 9 Turning points Can completely change trajectory in a way that was not anticipated before divorce death etc oz Partnering in Adolescence As individuals move into adolescence they begin to engage more with mixedgender friend groups this facilitates increased dating activity Engagement in romantic and sexual relationships during high school increases likelihood of forming cohabitating and marital unions in early 20 s Generally select romantic partners who are similar in terms of 9 Academic achievement 9 Popularity 9 Achievement 9 Race These similarities are important for subsequent developmental trajectories oz Adolescent Sexual Behaviors Normative pattern is for teens to date before engaging in sexual intimacy and to share their 1st sexual experience with someone whom they are quotgoing steadyquot with 393 Partnering and Emerging Adults Popular press portrays today s young adults as engaging in more sexual behavior and having less desire for emotional connection than previous generations Spotlight on quothooking upquot contributes to this belief Most young Americans have positive views of marriage believe it will be In their future and see it as an important life achievement Race and gender differences o Black amp Hispanic young adults report lower marital expectations 9 Women assign greater value to lifelong amp commitment within marriage than men 0 Changes in Partnering Social Media 9 People can create personas that aren t even truly them on the various social media accounts we have people can lie act totally different than who they are c People can show different pictures of what they look like older pictures oz Adult Transitions Cohabitation and Marriage Adults in mid20 s to40 s lot of attention on formation or co residential unions how relationship commitment differs by union type amp relationship quality in coresidential unions Sizeable amount of adults in their 20 s and beyond do not live with a partner 393 Partnering in Adulthood Dominant thought is that living together is a precursor to marriage Various other factors that in uence this type of partnering 9 Employment change 9 Convenience 9 Pregnancy Still cohabiting adults express greater expectations of marrying their partner than those who do not Barriers in transition from cohabitating to marriage o Disagreement on division of domestic labor 9 Unintended pregnancy o Disagreement in marriage plane 9 Finances o3 Intimate Relationships in Later Life Large population of older adults that are single 9 Men more likely to have never been married o Women more likely to be single because of divorce o Also large number of people in nonmarital relationships Partnering differs for older adults compared to younger adults Partner market dramatically different for men and women Men age 65 are more likely to be married than women in same age range Unmarried older women also less likely to have an intimate relationship Older men tend to want to partner with younger women Women have longer life spans so the number of unmarried older women is a lot higher than older men Marriage bene ts also change signi cantly over life course 9 Loss of social security 9 Merging households 9 Possible lack of support from adult children 9 Loss of freedom Living Apart Together 393 Partnering in Older Adulthood Older single men amp women desire marriage less than their younger counterparts but don t outright reject relationships Gender differences emerge in peace of older adults entering the partner market after the death of their spouse Older adults increasingly decide to cohabit compared to previous generations Heavily concentrated among 5159 years old Proportion expected to increase over time 393 Repartnering Following Union Dissolution High rates of union instability have contributed to many individuals reentering the partner market with prior cohabiting or marital expenence Challenges in partner market reentry 9 Have children o Living with estranged partner o Fear of exposure to a new partner s poor nancial history Living with multiple nonmarital partners has potential consequences 9 Cohabiting multiple times serial cohabiters Serial cohabiters may have lower marital quality when they nally do wed Begin to see unions as impermanent less commitment oz Future Directions Sizeable amount of life spent outside of coresidence relationships More attention to relationship formation amp progression How earlier relationships impact subsequent relationships Older adults and partnering


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