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Ch 5: Families & Well-Being

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If you need a resource to help you easily prepare for an exam, check out this chapter on families and well-being. It's filled with short lessons on role conflict, family challenges and public policy in the United States and includes multiple-choice quizzes.

Families & Well-Being - Chapter Summary

This engaging, mobile-friendly chapter covers families and well-being and is available to you at all times. Our lessons cover family life stages and traditions along with types of family systems. You'll also review family structure variations, public policy in the U.S., public assistance programs and family challenges. After you complete these lessons, you should be ready to do the following:

  • Detail the role of culture, media and school in emotional and social development
  • Respond to unsafe situations and behavior
  • Identify family communication styles and skills
  • Explain how to build trust in a relationship
  • Define role conflict
  • Provide a definition of work-family conflict with examples
  • Discuss the characteristics of family work and paid work
  • Describe the different theoretical analyses of families

When you access this chapter, you'll find a series of lessons and accompanying quizzes. Contact one of our experts through the Dashboard if questions arise. These lessons are self-paced so you can work as slowly or as quickly as you like.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: Families & Well-Being
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Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing & Aging

1. Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing & Aging

In this lesson, we discuss the four stages of traditional family life that sociologists study. Although the concept of family has changed with time, these four stages remain prominent in our culture.

Family Systems: Definition and Types

2. Family Systems: Definition and Types

Families come in all shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll examine what makes a family, as well as some common types of families, including nuclear, matrifocal, extended, and blended families.

Family Structure Variations in the United States

3. Family Structure Variations in the United States

The following lesson will cover the different types of family structures that occur in the United States in addition to the traditional nuclear family structure. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Types of Public Policy in the United States

4. Types of Public Policy in the United States

'What should the government do about it?' This is a fundamental public policy question, and the scope of 'it' continues to expand in our modern society. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of public policy in the United States.

Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

5. Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

Poverty is still a serious problem in the United States and would be even more so but for various federal and state public assistance programs. In this lesson, you'll learn about what a public assistance program is and types of programs.

Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

6. Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

The Role of Culture, School, and Media in Social and Emotional Development

7. The Role of Culture, School, and Media in Social and Emotional Development

Everyone changes and grows throughout his or her life, but that change is influenced by many factors. In this lesson, we'll look at socioemotional development and how culture, school, and media, like television, impact it.

Avoiding & Responding to Unsafe Situations & Behavior

8. Avoiding & Responding to Unsafe Situations & Behavior

In this lesson we'll cover some common and unsafe situations that people of all ages can find themselves in. We'll review what to do in these situations and consider strategies for avoiding them altogether. We'll look at three examples: domestic abuse, sexual assault, and drugs and alcohol.

Family Communication: Styles & Skills

9. Family Communication: Styles & Skills

This lesson discusses how families communicate through different modes (open and closed) and means (direct and indirect) means of communication. To improve broken communication, different skills that are needed for open and direct communication are also discussed.

How to Build Trust in a Relationship

10. How to Build Trust in a Relationship

Trust is essential for any strong relationship, but it's not something that comes natural to us. Through this lesson, you will learn about different types of trust and how to establish and maintain trust in personal and professional relationships.

What Is Role Conflict? - Definition, Types & Examples

11. What Is Role Conflict? - Definition, Types & Examples

Does the amount of time you spend at work or school prevent you from spending time with your family? In this lesson, we will look at how the different roles we play in life sometimes contradict one another.

Work-Family Conflict: Definition, Types & Examples

12. Work-Family Conflict: Definition, Types & Examples

In today's hectic society, finding work-family balance is difficult. This lesson will define different types of work-family conflicts, the causes behind such conflicts, and what can be done to help alleviate this conflict.

Family Work vs. Paid Work: Characteristics & Roles

13. Family Work vs. Paid Work: Characteristics & Roles

Family-work can be seen as not really work at all. Dual-income families may be looked down upon in some societies. This lesson contrasts family work with paid work and how each impacts the family.

Different Theoretical Analyses of Families

14. Different Theoretical Analyses of Families

The following lesson will cover how sociologists approach the concept of family using different sociological theories. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

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