Week 7 Assignment: Questions for Review
Marriage and Family SOCS 315
Chapter 12 – Page 416 – Question #1
1. Historian Eric Sager, commenting on the growing ranks of singles, points out, “It is often said that divorce today performs the function that death did in the past. The promise to live together for better or worse, so long as you both shall live, means something very different if you anticipate a married life of 60 years, as opposed to a married life of 25 years.” Do you agree or disagree with Sager? Is the goal of lifetime marriage realistic in today’s society? What role, if any, does an increase in life expectancy play in marital stability? Explain.
I believe that we all enter marriage with the thought it would be a long term relationship, however as we grow older and learn more about each other, we may decide that it is no longer feasible to retain or remain the relationship. The vows or “promise to live together for better or worse, so long as you both shall live” is one of the most significant promises that are made during the ceremony. I am sure that everyone thinks about these words very carefully before making the decision to say “I do”. I do believe that Sager’s statement is true, most people do step into marriage expecting it to last for the rest of their lives. The goal is realistic, once both people have the same expectations and plan to work with each other to ensure the other persons’ happiness. If both parties have the basically the similar goals it is easier to work each other, also, even if the goals are not that similar I believe with communication things will work out. I think that if both people are taking care of themselves physically and emotionally, they will live a longer and healthier life. Both people will look forward to spending a longer time with each other.
Chapter 13 – Page 444 – Questions #1 and #3
1. Discuss the significance of...