POFP203 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Elder Abuse, Symbolic Interactionism, Sexual Assault
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Social Problems Test 3
Define heterosexual monogamy, polygamy, polygyny, and polyandry.
Heterosexual Monogamy- exclusive pair bonding between two opposite-sex persons.
Polygamy- More than one spouse. Polygyny- The concurrent marriage of one man to two
or more women. Polyandry- Concurrent marriage of one woman to two or more men.
Explain how divorce rates do not mean that marriage is weakening. [Apply]
Divorce is being seen as a more viable option to married people who are unhappy with their
Compare and contrast the structural-functionalist, conflict theory, and
symbolic interactionist with regard to the family.. [Understand]
Structural functionalists believe that the family’s purpose is to reproduce, regulate sexual
activity and socialize the young. Conflict theorists study the power differences and how they
affect families. They believe in patriarchy, where the family is dominated by a male who’s
property is the woman. Men “discipline” their wives for misbehaving. Symbolic
interactionist perspective- Focuses on the meaning of definitions. Divorce used to be
stigmatized and sanctioned by rejection, but is becoming more acceptable. Fathers with
visitation rights can see themselves as “visitors” and less of a father.
Describe intimate family violence and abuse in Canada. [Remember/
People are more likely to be abused sexually, emotionally, physically, and murdered in their
homes by their own family members than anywhere else.
Define and outline child abuse in Canada. [Remember/Understand]
The majority of child abuse cases in Canada involve inappropriate punishment. About 1/3
of child sexual assault cases are completed intercourse. Sexual assault is most commonly by
relatives whereas other types of abuse are most likely within the home.
Discuss elder abuse in Canada and describe the types of elder abuse.
Elder abuse includes physical, psychological, financial abuse, and neglect. The highest rates
of financial abuse are among households with income ranges of $30,000-39,000, divorced
or separated, and who lived in rural areas.
Describe how cultural, community and individual and family factors
contribute to family violence and abuse. [Understand]