Essay about HDFS 145 Final Study Guide

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HDFS 145 Final Exam Study Guide
Family Types
Single-parent and step-families
Usually headed by mothers 85%
Divorced/likely she has never been married
Two-provider families (patriarchy – father runs)
Traditional family
Married couple, (father/mother and children)
Family of procreation
Father works, mother stays at home
Married/Cohabitation couples who both work
Over 50% of mothers with children under one year work at least part-time
US Census definition of marriage
Two or more persons (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption, residing together
The definition we recognize adds
Respect, responsibility to each other, commitment and identification with one another as family. We include
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socially acceptable only to marry or to give the child up for adoption
Not acceptable to keep and raise child alone – single mothers extremely rare
1970s to early 2000s
Increase in cohabitation
Families are more complicated
Divorce, re-marriage, and step-families more common
Unmarried motherhood/single parenting increasing
Characteristics of Strong Families
Commitment; respect and trust; positive communication; morality and honesty; rituals and traditions; adaptability and crisis management skills; ability to seek help; time together; a wellness orientation
Dating, Intimacy and Commitment
Touch – “failure to thrive”
Intimate relationships are important from birth
Good intimate relationships can be a shock absorber when something bad happens to you
Not a guarantee of well-being
Intimacy and young adults
Measuring intimacy
Focusing on other person and relationship
Concern and caring/extent of commitment
Sexuality – if you are sexually active
Intimacy and equality
Equity or fairness is important
One-sided relationship will not last
Intimacy is self sustaining
An intimate relationship creates behaviors, attitudes and feelings that intensify the sense of intimacy between the two people involved
Friendship and Meeting Partners
Similarities rather than differences are what attract most people to each other
Relationships of similar people are typically more satisfying and long-lasting
Obstacles to a loving relationship
Lack of trust

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