Ch 12: Healthy Relationships and Sexuality

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Watch online video lessons and learn about healthy marital and parenting relationships, as well as how they can contribute to an overall sense of personal well-being. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Healthy Relationships and Sexuality - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In this chapter, you'll learn what it means to be in a successful relationship, and find out how communication, interpersonal skills and trust can contribute to a long-lasting marriage or partnership. You'll also get a sneak peak at what it's like to be a parent or grandparent, or what life may have in store for people who never marry or have to take care of aging parents. Life decisions, divorce, empty-nest syndrome and remarriage will be covered, along with topics related to biology and gender. When you've finished with this chapter, you should have an understanding of the following:

  • The key qualities and interactions found in successful relationships
  • Communication and conflict resolution skills
  • How marriage and other partnerships develop in adulthood and late adulthood
  • Parenting and grandparenting styles
  • Sexual anatomy, identity and physiology

VideoObjective
Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development and MaintenanceDescribe the characteristics of successful relationships, including how to maintain them and overcome common barriers.
Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening and Non-Verbal CommunicationDiscuss ways to improve communication skills and interpersonal interactions. Include listening skills, nonverbal communication and the concept of self-disclosure in your response.
Interactions in RelationshipsDefine the following terms: manipulative and positive reinforcers, codependence, enabling and psychological dependence. Name the different types of positive reinforcers.
The Elements of TrustList the three major elements of trust.
Conflict Resolution: Managing Conflict in OrganizationsExplain how organizations can address conflicts and find resolutions.
Love Relationships: Their Characteristics and How They DevelopDescribe the characteristics of loving relationships, including how they develop over time and vary across cultures.
Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Definition, Examples and Predictions Define the three major components associated with Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love, including commitment, intimacy and passion.
The Pattern of Falling in LoveDiscuss the approach of Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, to the patterns or stages of falling in love.
Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital SatisfactionExamine the factors that contribute to marital satisfaction throughout adulthood, as well as what life is like for the elderly who have never married.
Divorce, Marriage and Cohabitation in Late AdulthoodSummarize the effects of cohabitation, gay and lesbian partnerships, divorce and remarriage in late adulthood. Explain how research can be used to account for marital satisfaction in middle to late adulthood.
Factors Affecting How Couples Make Life DecisionsDescribe the factors that affect life decisions, such as whether or not to have children.
Parenthood During the Early Years: Key Issues and Parenting FormsDefine the different types of parenting styles, and describe what is it like to be a parent. Address some of the key parenting issues found across ethnic groups.
Parenthood During the Middle Years: Interacting with Children and Caring for Aging ParentsDiscuss how middle-aged adults interact with their children, as well as how they deal with the possibility of caring for aging parents.
Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move OutExplain how a couple's life changes once their children move out.
Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles and Key IssuesSummarize how grandparents interact with their grandchildren, including key issues and grandparenting roles, such as primary caregiver or surrogate.
Sexual Identity: Definition and Major ComponentsDefine the major components of sexual identity, including biology, gender roles and sexual orientation.
The Sexual Anatomy and Physiology of Humans: Major Features and FunctionsIdentify the major features and functions associated with sexual anatomy and physiology.

18 Lessons in Chapter 12: Healthy Relationships and Sexuality
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development & Maintenance

1. Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development & Maintenance

Be it work, friends, or family, making a relationship work is hard. Creating a solid relationship isn't much easier. This lesson will point out the characteristics of solid relationships and some advice for developing and maintaining them.

Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

2. Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

Self-disclosure, listening, and nonverbal communication are three important conversation strategies people use. This lesson will discuss what they are, how they may be interpreted, and some tips for improving them.

Interactions in Relationships: Codependency vs. Positive Reinforcement

3. Interactions in Relationships: Codependency vs. Positive Reinforcement

Enabling and positive reinforcement are two terms used to describe how people can interact with one another in their relationships. One of these terms reinforces good behavior and the other reinforces bad behavior. Do you know which is which?

The Elements of Trust & Their Significance to Relationships

4. The Elements of Trust & Their Significance to Relationships

Do you trust someone with your life? Do you trust that same person with your bank account number? Trust is a difficult word to define as you will learn in this lesson. That's because it involves a lot of key elements that share a very intricate relationship.

Conflict Resolution: Managing Conflict in Organizations

5. Conflict Resolution: Managing Conflict in Organizations

Conflict can be solved in many ways. This lesson provides an overview of the different types of conflict resolution strategies, including avoidance, accommodation, competition, compromise, and collaboration.

Love Relationships: Their Characteristics & How They Develop

6. Love Relationships: Their Characteristics & How They Develop

Here we look at the development of love. What does it mean to be in a loving relationship? What are the steps that occur in every individual in entering one?

Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

7. Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

Love is an important and complex topic of study for social psychologists. In this lesson, we begin our discussion about love with Robert Sternberg's triangular theory of love. We define each of his eight types of love and identify real-world examples.

The Pattern Of Falling In Love: Helen Fisher's Theory

8. The Pattern Of Falling In Love: Helen Fisher's Theory

Love is a complex thing, but anthropologist Helen Fisher has tried to tackle its complexities by breaking down its aspects into several important concepts this lesson explores.

Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction

9. 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, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood

10. Divorce, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood

During later life, romantic partnerships are different from partnerships in earlier life. Watch this lesson to find out more about marriage, cohabitation, remarriage, and divorce in later life, including their unique benefits and challenges.

Factors Affecting How Couples Make Life Decisions

11. Factors Affecting How Couples Make Life Decisions

Couples need to answer a lot of hard questions before making major life decisions. This lesson will look into some of these factors, specifically regarding decisions like buying a home together and having kids.

Parenthood During The Early Years: Key Issues & Parenting Forms

12. Parenthood During The Early Years: Key Issues & Parenting Forms

Parenting can be stressful! There are specific challenges that parents face when they have young children. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the issues inherent in the early years of parenting, including the four major parenting styles.

Parenthood During the Middle Years: Interacting with Children

13. Parenthood During the Middle Years: Interacting with Children

In this lesson, we will explore the issues related to parenting and child-rearing in mid-life. We will look at how developing one's identity influences parent-child relationships in positive and negative ways.

Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

14. Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

Here we will discuss the effects of caring for ones aging parents. Emphasis is placed on psychological and emotional strain brought on by the demands of caretaking, as well as ways to avoid complete burnout.

Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move Out

15. Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move Out

In this lesson, we will look at what changes occur to a parent after their dependent children move out. Included in this are the positive and negative changes that occur.

Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles & Key Issues

16. Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles & Key Issues

This lesson looks at the common ways that grandparents interact with their grandchildren, as well as a brief look into the issue of surrogate parenting by grandparents.

Sexuality & Gender: Difference & Definitions

17. Sexuality & Gender: Difference & Definitions

This lesson defines many important concepts, including sexual identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity, gender preference, gender adoption, and gender identification. We also go over the three forms of sexual orientation.

Human Sexual Anatomy & Physiology: Major Features & Functions

18. Human Sexual Anatomy & Physiology: Major Features & Functions

This lesson provides an important overview of the major male and female reproductive structures, functions, and hormones. We'll learn about everything from semen and testosterone to estrogen and the vulva.

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