Marriage and Family 2293 Study Guide for Exam 1 Chapters 1-4
Chapter 1: The Meaning of Marriage and the Family
1. Influence of TV on values, morals, beliefs about relationships and family
2. Cultivation theory
3. Advice/information genre: define and how to evaluate
4. What is marriage? What are the different marital arrangements?
5. What constitutes family?
6. What is meant by affiliated kin, kin, compadres, "ie", clan, nuclear family, traditional family?
7. What are the functions of marriages and families?
8. Understand the family of orientation (origin) and cohabitation (procreation).
9. Why live in families? (4 reasons)
10. What is an extended family? Kinship system?
11. What is a spirit marriage?
Chapter 2: Studying Marriage and Family
1. Why study families?
2. Why should we develop objectivity in studying marriage and the family?
3. Quantitative/qualitative research
4. Secondary data analysis
5. Research methods: survey, clinical (including case study), observational (non-participant and participant), experimental,
existing sources, cyberspace
6. Theories of Marriage and the Family: Symbolic Interaction Theory, Social Exchange Theory, Structural Functional Theory,
Conflict Theory, Feminist Perspective, Men’s Studies, Family Systems Theory, Family Development Theory
Chapter 3: Dynamics and Diversity of Families
1. Historical Perspective of Marriage and the Family: Colonial Era, 19th century, 20th century
2. Aspects of Contemporary Marriages and Families
3. Social class variations in family life: upper, middle, working, lower classes and two person career, feminization of
4. Racial and ethnic diversity
a. terms: racial group, phenotype, ethnic group, minority group, status
b. African-American families, Latino families, Asian-American families, Native-American families, European ethnic families
Chapter 4: Contemporary Gender Roles
1. Terms: gender, role, gender role, gender-role stereotype, gender-role attitudes, gender-role behaviors, gender identity,
patriarchal and matriarchal systems
2. Bipolar gender role and gender schema
3. Gender theory-social construction of gender and doing gender
4. Social learning theory and modeling.
5. Socialization agents: parents, school, peers, media in childhood and adolescence; college marriage, parenthood, and
work as adults
6. Traditional and contemporary gender roles
7. Constraints of contemporary gender roles