FMSC 431 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Nuclear Family, Family Therapy, Coparenting

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143-146 for this class and thursday (pages in syllabus are for older edition) Increased from mid-1800s through 1970s; some decrease since 1980s. Age: 20 years of age or younger are most likely to divorce. Socioeconomic status: lower ses more likely to divorce; less education: exception are well-educated women with higher income are more likely to divorce than less educated, poorer women. Region of the country: west & south have higher divorce rates. Race: african americans more likely to divorce compared to whites, and latinos least. Religion: protestants have higher divorce rates than catholics and jews. Risk factors: parental divorce, cohabitation prior to marriage, premarital childbearing, childlessness during marriage, marital processes and interactions, more negative affect than positive affect during martial interactions. Protective factors: shared leisure time, more positive than negative interactions, children, accumulation of assets, marital happiness. Widely varying outcome research regarding adult and child adjustment: severe, long-term outcomes post-divorce versus moderate, short-term adjustment difficulties.

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