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Ch 4: Challenges During Marriages

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Further develop your knowledge of divorce, polygamy, mate selection processes and other marriage-related topics and challenges using this short chapter. You can refer to these lessons if you are preparing for class discussions or tests or even studying for professional certification.

Challenges During Marriages - Chapter Summary

From marriage customs to relationship issues, this chapter covers various details about marriage practices, challenges and roles. You will examine facts about same-sex and interracial marriages, marital issues for early adulthood, marital satisfaction and choosing a mate.

Divorce rates and reasons as well as remarriage after divorce are other topics you will find discussed in this chapter. Once you have completed a review of all of the lessons, you should be able to:

  • List factors impacting the mate selection process
  • Discuss bridal practices and marriage customs
  • Talk about same-sex and interracial marriage arguments and laws
  • Define monogamy, polygamy, incest, endogamy and exogamy
  • Describe types of social roles
  • Provide examples of patriarchy and matriarchy
  • Details aspects of successful and satisfied marriages
  • Identify reasons why couples divorce and explain the psychological aspects of divorce and remarriage

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15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Challenges During Marriages
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Mate Choice & Marriage: Factors in the Selection Process

1. Mate Choice & Marriage: Factors in the Selection Process

This lesson will seek to explain the universals that pertain to marriage and choosing a mate for life. In doing this, it will highlight theories based on division of labor, prolonged infant dependency, and sexual competition.

Bride Price, Dowry & Other Economic Marriage Customs

2. Bride Price, Dowry & Other Economic Marriage Customs

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of marriage as an economic transaction. In doing so, it will define the concepts of bride price, bride service, gift exchange, and dowries, which are used around the globe.

Interracial Marriage: Definition, History & Laws

3. Interracial Marriage: Definition, History & Laws

Did you know that in the United States it was illegal for couples from different racial backgrounds to get married until 1967? In this lesson, we will take a look at interracial marriage and how its laws have changed over time.

Same-Sex Marriage: Facts & Arguments

4. Same-Sex Marriage: Facts & Arguments

In this lesson, learn interesting facts about same-sex marriage as well as arguments for and against the topic. After the lesson, complete the quiz to see if you have what it takes to argue both sides of this controversial issue.

Incest, Endogamy & Exogamy: Definition & Examples

5. Incest, Endogamy & Exogamy: Definition & Examples

This lesson will seek to explain the different rules that govern the institution of marriage found across our world. In doing so, it will highlight the incest taboo, as well as the rules of exogamy and endogamy.

What Is Monogamy? - Definition & History

6. What Is Monogamy? - Definition & History

If you're not familiar with the word monogamy, you're most likely familiar with what it is. The standard mating system in America is a relationship that involves only two spouses, and therefore it is considered monogamy. Read on to find out more about the history of one of the most common types of mating systems.

What Is Polygamy? - Definition & History

7. What Is Polygamy? - Definition & History

Relationships in which two people are exclusive to one another seems to be the norm in America, but across different time periods and cultures, the practice of polygamy is more popular. Read on to find out exactly what polygamy means and what all it entails.

Social Roles: Definition and Types of Social Roles

8. Social Roles: Definition and Types of Social Roles

This lesson focuses on the roles that society socially constructs. We define social roles and identify examples. We also examine types of social roles and what can happen with them, including role conflict, role strain, and role exit.

Patriarchy: Definition & Examples

9. Patriarchy: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines patriarchy. It also provides a brief description of where the term originated and how systems of patriarchy have changed over time.

Matriarchy: Definition & Overview

10. Matriarchy: Definition & Overview

This lesson defines matriarchy, why they originated, why they are not as popular as they were before. Alternate terms for matriarchy are also given, as well as the reason why this type of society is not as popular as before.

Friendship and Marriage in Early Adulthood

11. Friendship and Marriage in Early Adulthood

During early adulthood, friendships and romantic relationships take center stage as people become more independent of their parents. Watch this lesson to find out about gender differences in friendships and what makes a marriage successful.

Marital Issues in Early Adulthood

12. Marital Issues in Early Adulthood

During the period of life between ages 20 and 40, many people get married. Watch this lesson to look at some of the issues that can crop up in a marriage, including physical and emotional infidelity and spousal abuse.

Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction

13. Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction

In this lesson, we'll take a brief look at factors that interact with marriage and adulthood as well as how these factors eventually influence old age. We'll also look at old age bachelorhood as well as reasons for successful marriages.

Divorce Reasons & Rates, Cultural Impact & Life After Divorce

14. Divorce Reasons & Rates, Cultural Impact & Life After Divorce

In this lesson, you will explore the reasons, rates and impacts of divorce, a growing trend across the world. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Divorce and Remarriage in Adulthood

15. Divorce and Remarriage in Adulthood

When people fall in love, they often want to get married. But what happens when 'happily ever after' turns out to not last 'ever after?' In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological aspects of divorce and remarriage.

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