FRHD 1020 Lecture 3: Couples and Families

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University of Guelph
Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sandra Pericak

CouplesFamilies January 16, 2017 Family Theories and Research Why do we need theory? Give us a general idea of what to expect, what is coming, and what kinds of relationships will be encounter Explain relationships a theoretical framework helps to explain relationships in different ways, different lenses, different perspectives Research strong research projects have strong theological underpinnings, help research be stronger and more grounded Theoretical Assumptions Motivational theories o You choosedetermine why and how you do something We are making the decisions We choose where we want to go, what to do, and how to do it, etc. Normative theories o Social norms predict behaviour and actions Held by the majority of society and form the expectations about how we are supposed to act, how we are as families, etc. o Formal norms vs. informal norms Formal: things that are written in law, an established rule, often from authority figures (govt, police, etc.) Informal: not written down, but shared and acknowledged by the majority E.g. Whether we hug or say hello when we meet, kiss on cheek, shake hands, etc. o Agegraded norms vs. stagegraded norms Agegraded: focus on age of which you must be to do something E.g. 18 you can vote, 19 you can drink Stagegraded: stages within life that you follow E.g. Get married, have children o Macrohistorical norms Forces beyond individual and social norms that are greater that cause change
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