14.1 What Is Marriage? What Is a Family?
According to research, what are American’s general thoughts on family? How do they view nontraditional family structures? How do you think these views might change in 20 years?
Explain the difference between bilateral and unilateral descent. Using your own association with kinship, explain which type of descent applies to you?
14.2 Variations in Family Life
Explain the different variations of the nuclear family and the trends that occur in each.
Why are some couples choosing to cohabitate before marriage? What effect does cohabitation have on marriage?
14.3 Challenges Families Face
Explain how financial status impacts marital stability. What other factors are associated with a couple’s financial status?
Explain why more than half of intimate partner violence goes unreported? Why are those who are abused unlikely to report the abuse?