Ch 3: Overview of Family Changes & Transitions

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If you need to study family changes and transitions for an upcoming exam, project, research paper or assignment, look no further than this convenient study guide chapter. Inside, you'll find a collection of engaging lessons and quizzes that can be reviewed at your convenience.

Overview of Family Changes & Transitions - Chapter Summary

Family dynamics tend to change and transition throughout different life stages. In this chapter, you'll see how factors like courtship, marriage, child rearing and aging bring about shifts in family relationships, roles and traditions. Work through the chapter at your own pace to examine the effects of mid-life crises, changing family patterns, empty nest syndrome and more. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Identify major family life stages and traditions
  • Recognize transition-related symptoms that can arise in middle adulthood
  • Explain changes in gender roles during middle adulthood
  • Describe late adulthood relationships
  • Discuss several issues related to changing family patterns

The chapter comes with multiple-choice quizzes that are designed to reinforce your understanding of important terms and concepts. You can watch these fun video lessons on any device that has an Internet connection, and you also have the option of printing out the lesson transcripts for offline study. These resources are available 24/7, and our subject-matter experts are able to answer any questions you may have about family changes and transitions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: Overview of 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.

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