LING 1000 Lecture 4: cfr 4

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Couple and Family Relationships Lecture 4 Jan 18
Research and the Family
Why would we want to research families? !
*video shown- CBC: Generation Boomerang- talking about how most young adults move back
home and live with their parents until much later on than previously- in Canada more than half
20-29 year olds still live with their parents (doubled)*
If possible how likely is it that you'll be living in your parents home after graduation?
Areas of Concentration in Family Research
Social Dynamics
-looking at how change can be measured across points in time
-identity and change are central to developing a dynamic theory - examine how it changes
-does not look at unique events or changes - want analysis to be generalizable
-developing a theory of change to one family does not help you predict other families reactions
to structural changes such as birth, death, marriage and divorce
Events
-individuals’ lives are experienced as events ex. birth, graduation, wedding, death
-actual date is not important - the event contains the information about our lives
-most life events are considered “normative”
Stage
-duration of time characterized by a particular property not present before the stage and not
present after the stage
-stages have a beginning point marked by an event or transition event
-ending or exit transition event marks the end of the stage
-3 qualities of a stage - beginning, exit, life is markably different
Stage Transition
-every person and organization experiences traditions
-many contain intense adjustment which leads to high stress ex. birth of child
-age-graded norms (drinking, driving, playing lottery) compared to stage transitions which can
be completed out of sequence but there are consequences for that - may make it more difficult
Pathway
-at any point, always possibility of a stage transitions, transitions depend on:
-(1) stage you currently occupy
-(2) how long you have been in that stage
-(3) the social norms favouring one type of transition over another
-individuals think their pathway is their choice
-but, historical and random factors arise to change or modify our pathways,
-examples: war, depression, natural disasters
*video clip of disney movie UP! shown- the montage of Carl and Ellie*
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