Ch 12: Healthy Relationships and Sexuality

About This Chapter

This chapter presents lessons about healthy marital and parenting relationships, as well as how they can contribute to an overall sense of personal well-being. You'll study many aspects of being both a spouse and a parent.

Healthy Relationships and Sexuality - Chapter Summary

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 be able to:

  • Define the three major components associated with Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love, including commitment, intimacy and passion
  • Describe the characteristics of loving relationships, including how they develop over time and vary across cultures
  • Explain the factors that contribute to marital satisfaction throughout adulthood, as well as what life is like for the elderly who have never married
  • Define the different types of parenting styles, and describe some of the key parenting issues found across ethnic groups
  • Discuss how middle-aged adults interact with their children, as well as how they deal with the possibility of caring for aging parents
  • Explain how a couple's life changes once their children move out
  • Summarize how grandparents interact with their grandchildren, including key issues and grandparenting roles, such as primary caregiver or surrogate
  • Summarize the effects of cohabitation, gay and lesbian partnerships, divorce and remarriage in late adulthood
  • Describe the characteristics of successful relationships, including how to maintain them and overcome common barriers
  • List the three major elements of trust
  • Discuss the approach of Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, to the patterns or stages of falling in love
  • Describe the factors that affect life decisions, such as whether or not to have children
  • Define the major components of sexual identity, including biology, gender roles and sexual orientation
  • Identify the major features and functions associated with sexual anatomy and physiology

The lessons in this chapter were created by our professional instructors to help you easily review and master the many important topics about healthy relationships. You can watch the brief, engaging videos to get an overview, and go back to any topic that is more challenging simply by finding the topic on the timeline marker below the video. The chapter test should be a good gauge as to whether you have mastered the concepts in this chapter.

15 Lessons in Chapter 12: Healthy Relationships and Sexuality
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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.

The Elements of Trust & Their Significance to Relationships

2. 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.

Love Relationships: Their Characteristics & How They Develop

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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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