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Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sarah Murray

Class FRHD1020 Couple and Family RelationshipsInstructorS MurrayTextbookThe Family DynamicA Canadian Perspective Fifth EditionAuthorsMargaret Ward and Marc BelangerPublisherNelsonISBN 9780176502003Chapter 2 Being DifferentLearning ObjectivesTo examine the differences in family experiences of males and femalesTo introduce issues in which differences among families challenge the majorityTo consider social and ethnic differences among English Canadians French Canadians Aboriginal peoples and recent immigrants and to look briefly at the history behind such differencesTo examine discrimination against minority groups and minority groups responsesOnesizefitsall approach ignores important family variationsWomen and MenSex and Gender Differences1The physical and genetic differences between the sexes2The routine ways of behaving we develop over the years3Our individual ideas and valuesSex biological differences between males and femalesGender roles socially approved ways of behaving as males and females in our societyMentaller more muscular can father unlimited number of children better at mental manipulation of things and tracking directionWomenlive longer healthier limited number of children can be birthed more language smaller than menBoth respond to stress differentlyKnowing sex of a baby defines how we act and behave around that childpersonMen given more freedom than womensexualityGender Differences and Family Relationshipsth19 centurymen were practical active and rational women were moral spiritual and emotionalOther differencesaggression communication body language sexual promiscuity allowancesFamily responsibilities men become principal earner women for childrearing men take more interest in raising sons over daughters women more likely to be single parents or live alone or widowed men more likely to remarryChanging Family FormsIt has been an uphill battle for some partners to be recognized as family2006 Censusonly a minority of families fit the traditional modelTwoparent families with children at home41 of familiesCommon law unions increasing 189Lone parent families 78Married families 35Ontario has highest proportion of married couples 739Manitobahighest number of loneparent families 17Reasons for changes in family patterns
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