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Ch 5: Family Changes & Transitions

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Utilize this chapter to review family transitions and changes at your convenience before an upcoming exam. These lessons are easy to navigate, written by experienced instructors and accessible 24 hours a day on any mobile device or computer.

Family Changes & Transitions - Chapter Summary

Take a look at this engaging chapter to review family changes and transitions in a flexible, self-paced format. The lessons cover family life stages and traditions as well as relationships in late adulthood, among other concepts. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Outline middle adulthood transitions, such as mid-life crisis and empty nest syndrome
  • Explain gender roles changes in middle adulthood
  • Discuss issues with changing family patterns
  • Detail the effects of life events and family crisis
  • Describe family communication patterns
  • Point out the benefits of individual counseling and family counseling

You can refresh your knowledge of these family transition concepts using your smartphone, tablet or computer. We've included a short quiz with each lesson so you can check your comprehension before moving on. Our printable lesson transcripts provide an easy to way make offline study guides.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Family Changes & Transitions
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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.

Middle Adulthood Transitions: Mid-Life Crisis & Empty Nest Syndrome

2. Middle Adulthood Transitions: Mid-Life Crisis & Empty Nest Syndrome

Middle age is a time of transitions, when people's lives are changing rapidly. In this lesson, we'll look at two ways that people often react to those changes: mid-life crises and empty nest syndrome.

Gender Role Changes in Middle Adulthood

3. Gender Role Changes in Middle Adulthood

Middle adulthood is a time of great change for most people. But men and women experience those changes differently. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the way gender impacts middle age, including the famed mid-life crisis and gender crossover.

Relationships in Late Adulthood

4. Relationships in Late Adulthood

As people age, many of their relationships change and develop. In this lesson, we'll examine relationships in late life, including those with adult children, siblings, and spouses, as well as the types of single older adults.

Issues with Changing Family Patterns

5. Issues with Changing Family Patterns

Families have changed a great deal over time. In this lesson, we'll look at dual career, single parent, and blended families. We'll consider the unique issues each can present.

Effects of Life Events & Family Crisis

6. Effects of Life Events & Family Crisis

This lesson looks at how life events and stressors can cause a family crisis. The lesson identifies different types of stress, explores the differences between families who go into crisis and those who don't, and discusses means of overcoming family stress.

Family Communication Patterns

7. Family Communication Patterns

In this lesson, you will explore ways in which families interact and discover the relationship between power and communication. Then you'll be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What is Individual Counseling? - Definition & Purpose

8. What is Individual Counseling? - Definition & Purpose

This lesson explores the basics of what individual counseling is from the counselor's perspective. Included is how individual counseling differs from group and family counseling as well as an explanation of the basic counseling process.

The Process of Family Counseling

9. The Process of Family Counseling

Counseling a family requires understanding of both individual and family patterns. This lesson explains several theoretical approaches that guide counselors in assessing family problems and treating them.

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