FRHD 1020 Chapter Notes - Chapter 11: Incest Taboo, Role Conflict, Stepfamily

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Chapter 11 Couple and Family Relations
Remarriage A New Trend?
Remarriages are increasing
Complex factors lie behind the shift from remarriage after widowhood to
remarriage after divorce:
1. Life expectancy has increased, thus there is less likelihood people will be
widowed at a young age when remarriage is more likely
2. Following changes in the law in 1968 and 1985, divorces have increased
enormously, a pattern most evident in younger than older people
3. Improved pensions, which permit older people to choose to live
independently, and greater acceptance of common-law unions and single-
Divorce rate of second marriages is higher than first marriages
Stepfamilies have become more likely to involve cohabitation these
relationships are less stable then marriages
Forming a New Family System
Reconstituted Family: a remarriage family
Stages of Remarriage-Family Formation:
Three distinct stages in establishing a second marriage:
1. Entering the new relationship
2. Planning the new marriage and family
3. Forming the remarriage family
Must be open enough to allow interactions with others, yet clear enough to
that the family feels some unity
Permeable Boundaries: family boundaries that allow members to move through
Role strain occurs if there is a misfit between individuals and the roles they are
expected to fill, or if there is no recognized role.
Too many candidates exist for available roles
A difficulty some children may face, is the loss of accustomed roles, something that
can occur in at least three ways:
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