Textbook - Chapter 11 (Second Time Around)

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University of Guelph
Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sarah Murray

Class FRHD1020 Couple and Family RelationshipsProfessorS MurrayTextbookThe Family DynamicA Canadian Perspective Fifth EditionAuthorsMargaret Ward and Marc BelangerPublisherNelsonISBN 9780176502003Chapter 11 The Second Time Around Learning ObjectivesTo look at historical changes in remarriage patternsTo consider the process of forming a new family system and its relationship to the family life cycleTo examine factors leading to success and failure in stepfamily relationshipsTo look at the relationship of the stepfamily and society at largeREMARRIAGEA NEW TRENDDivorce rates increasing means remarriages also increasingAbout 1 in 10 had been married more than once2001 surveyThird and fourth marriages rare Single marriage typical of older people who have not divorced or did not remarry after widowhood339 of marriages in 2002 had at least one partner who had been previously married Divorced people accounted for most remarriages more than doubled from 19711996 but now levelled offNumber of divorced people not wishing to remarry has increased since 1996Until end of WWII more remarriages followed death of a spouse now common to remarry after divorce19701972 58 of women and 23 of men were widowed divorced 19Life expectancy has increased decreasing likelihood of becoming a widow divorce laws drastically changed improved pensions and acceptance Remarriages often result in stepfamiliesTable 112 does not include living experiencesDivorce rates of second marriages are higher than first marriages but more stableRemarriages also include additional relationships when children are involved stepmother and mother etc About half of stepfamilies become blended familiesthey have an ours childTable 111 Remarriages Canada 19712002Percentage of Marriages with at Least OnePercentage of Remarriages with Spouse Previously MarriedBoth Spouses Previously Married197116640819812754081991321428199634145020013424572002339457Table 112Stepparent Families 1995 2001 and 2006 of all families199520012006Stepfamilies515753Married262928Commonlaw252926Blended families hishersours192324Her children262923His children060606
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