Marriage and Family

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Week 7 Assignment

What factors bind marriages and families together? How have these factors changed, and how has the divorce rate been affected?

Factors that bind marriages together are legal, economic independence, social and moral. These factors are lessening and intimacy is being more sought after. Marriage mates can maintain stability by taking out time for each other; they need to find a proper way to balance family time over work time. The divorce rate is increasing due to very little emphasis on emotions over work and education. Trying to be independent of the partner makes the marriage become selfish, if couples continue to put marriage first and invest their time with the family, love grows as well as stability.

How is “his” divorce different from “her” divorce? How are these differences related to society’s gender expectations? In your observation, are the descriptions given in this chapter accurate assessments of divorce outcomes for men and women today?

His and Her divorces are both mentally stressful results. In “His” divorce, the man feels worried about the relationship change between him and his children. The father feels that he might not have enough contact with them throughout their youth. Considering the male gender role, divorced men might also feel they have no one to find comfort in because they would tend not to share their emotional problems with male friends. In “Her Divorce” women lose the husbandly figure and now have the burden of carrying the financial and child-rearing weight by themselves. Even though she might have emotional and financial worries she tries hard to become the complete parent for her kids regardless of the lack of a consistent father figure. I believe the descriptions in this chapter are fairly accurate, this is what The remarried family has been called an incomplete institution. What does this mean? How does this affect the people involved in a remarriage? Include a discussion of kin networks and...
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