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Communication in families
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Diverse forms of family

married, living together, single parent, step kids, same-sex couples/parents, inter-racial

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Diverse goals for families:

kids, support, security (emotional, financial)

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Cultural diversity of family forms

arranged marriages, divorce is not allowed

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Diversity of paths to commitment

Gradual, rapid, medium-length courtship, prolonged

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Common Ways to Live as a Couple

Cohabitation

Greater intimacy-less commitment; “trial marriage”, “playing house”

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Common Ways to Live as a Couple

Marriage:

The most popular form of living with another: 90% will marry

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Relationship Types

Vital marriage:

very close emotionally/physically

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Relationship Types

Total marriage

close but have separate interests & activities

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Relationship Types

Passive-congenial marriage

More outside activities & interests

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Devitalized marriage

bored with each other, lifeless

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Conflict-habituated marriage:

Conflict-habituated marriage: