Premarital Cohabitation

4784 WordsApr 1, 200920 Pages
I.) Fundamental Issues and Historical Applications A. Toward a Greater Understanding of the Cohabitation Effect: Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Communication. 1. Issue number 6. What is the most appropriate level of analysis for psychology? Position A: Molecular. Despite significant theories giving a relationship to premarital cohabitation and the likelihood of divorce, we have yet to definitively answer the underlying question of why the relationship exists. This study focuses not on the theories themselves, but on a function of marital life. Marital communication is a large part of marital development. If the breakdown of communication is significantly lower for couples that premaritally cohabitated this could…show more content…
The authors use a perspective of structuralism in their analysis of premarital education attendance. Looking at couples individually in determining whether they are high risk for relationship problems is accomplished by breaking down the characteristics of the individuals and assessing their behavior tendencies. E. The Relationship between Cohabitation and Marital Quality and Stability: Change across Cohorts? 1. Issue number 2. What is the most appropriate methodological strategy for psychology? Position B: Theory. The methodology strategy includes a collection of theories, concepts or ideas. The selection perspective and the experience of cohabitation perspective were both used in the analysis and conclusions of this study. The changing of the relationship of premarital cohabitation and marital dysfunction may have changed over time. These theories provide potential explanation for results in this study. 2. The authors of this study hold a perspective of structuralism. While analyzing the selection perspective the component characteristics are relevant in the study of the perspective as a whole. In other words, the characteristics of the individual make up the perspective. In the experience of cohabitation perspective the concept of living together before marriage is said to breakdown the attitudes once held before cohabitation, therefore increasing the probability of divorce. The analysis of the results contains both
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