FMLY 1010 Lecture 77: Lecture 77

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University of Manitoba
Family Social Sciences
FMLY 1010
Christine A.Schippers

OD88729 Gay and Lesbian Couples (417) 1 in 3 samesex couples are married, majority are in commonlaw relationships These relationships are higher in quality if both members share similar backgrounds and are equally committed to the relationship Attachment security plays an important role (just as it does in heterosexual relationships) Higher insecurity is linked to lower satisfaction, commitment, trust, and communication, and higher problem intensity Homosexual couples argue about the same things as heterosexual couples Differ from heterosexual relationships in expectations for monogamy Heterosexual couples expect monogamy, as do lesbian partners o Gay men however do not see monogamy as being quite as essential Could relate to the fact that men desire sex more frequently than women Singlehood (418) Impact of singlehood on an adults life depends on the reason for his relationship status Continuous singlehood is associated with greater autonomy and capacity for personal growth Compared to divorceloss of spouse Could have less conventional views about importance of lovemarriagefamily Close friends play a more prominent role Living apart together = intimate partners who do not cohabitate Make up 1 in 13 adults in Canada Experience more social loneliness and have poor quality of social networks Number of years being single also impacts development Parenthoodand Other Relationships (419) 85 of parents cite relationships with their children as most fulfilling aspect of their lives Parenthood The Desire to Become a Parent: o Only 78 of 2034yearolds report they do not intend on having children Percentage of men who strongly feel they want to become a parent is greater than that of women 12 of Canadian fathers are stayathome, and 26 take paternity leave (76 in Quebec) claim to be more involved than their own fathers were The Transition Experience: Both parents become physically exhausted, sleepdeprived Have much less time for one another Postpartum Depression: 1025 of new mothers experience PPD severe mood disturbance Suffer from feelings of sadness for several weeks after babys birth 12 of women suffer for a year+ More than 80 who suffer after their first birth also suffer again following future births More likely to have PPD if body produces abnormally high levels of steroid hormones More common in women who had unplanned pregnancies, anxious about pregnancy, had unsupportive partner
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