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Lecture 6

HDFS 2300 Lecture 6: More family rules

Human Development and Family Studies
Course Code
HDFS 2300
Louisa Baker

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More family rules
Thursday, September 7, 2017
12:30 PM
o Well-established strategies that are expected
o Two types
The events that are expected in life
How we deal with the expected events or transitions in life
These are social norms
Beliefs that prescribe (promote) or proscribe (forbid) ways
people should behave
The stuff we don’t expect
Dealing with unexpected aspects of life
Ex: mom calls in the middle of class to tell you someone is in
the hospital, what are the rules for what you should do at that
Implicit: rarely written
How do we deal when someone gets into an accident?
Can be very challenging for family to identify
Not usually spoken about until you are in the moment
o Rule sources
Family of origin
How your family did it growing up
The multiple identities that make you who you are
Negotiated by family members
Through a series of interaction
Figure out what works and what doesn’t
Trial and error
Conflict and resolution
o Purpose of rules
Maintain regularity (expected behavior)
Part of what makes transition most difficult, everything will be
different from what you know
System accountability
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