Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

The stigma of “Singlism”: ever-single women’s perceptions of their social environment

June 22, 2011

“I’m a loser, I’m not married, let’s just all look at me”: ever-single women’s perceptions of their social environment

From Journal of Family Issues

The growing numbers of individuals marrying later or not marrying at all, combined with high divorce rates, have resulted in a growing number of adults who will live a considerable portion of their adult lives as singles. Despite this trend, recent empirical investigations suggest that singles face a particular form of stigma and discrimination, termed “Singlism”.  This reflects a pervasive ideology of marriage and family, manifested in everyday thoughts, interactions, laws, and social policies that favor couples over singles. The implication is that individuals who have a partner are happier, more adjusted, and lead more fulfilling lives. This study examines the complexity of being never married past the median age of marriage in contemporary society, raises new questions, and offers an enhanced understanding regarding singlehood and the Standard North American Family (SNAF) ideology.


Examining infidelity: What makes people cheat?

September 8, 2010

Infidelity Special Issue

From The Family Journal

Top celebrity news items this week include a kiss and tell story by a female escort revealing her affair with footballer Wayne Rooney and the announcement on behalf of Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and his wife of their permanent split, despite attempts to reconcile. Wayne and Ronan are just a couple of many celebrity men to have been caught out having an affair this year, and we are usually left asking why this happens to seemingly smitten couples. This special issue from The Family Journal is devoted to the topic of infidelity. It explores the motivation for cheating behavior for both genders, and its perception across different cultures and religions. This special issue examines the role of couples therapy and family counseling in the treatment and healing process for this act of betrayal.

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Can you hear me now? The experience of a deaf family member surrounding the death of loved ones

July 21, 2010

From: Palliative Medicine

It is well documented that good communication is a vitally important issue to family members of a dying person. The challenges for a Deaf person in this situation are therefore often considerably greater. Estimates of the size of the Deaf community range from 100,000 to 1.8 million in the USA alone.  American Sign Language is considered the third most commonly used language in the USA. It is clear Deaf people are a significant demographic and this case study highlights how their needs have been largely overlooked. There is limited research concerning healthcare for the Deaf community and even less regarding care at the end of life. This study offers a framework for future research and provides valuable guidance for clinicians.

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Measuring the ideal parent

June 18, 2010

Defining and Measuring Parenting for Educational Success: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Parent Education Profile

From American Educational Research Journal

To gain access to federal funding, family literacy and adult education programs are required to demonstrate evidence that participants have made gains on standardized educational tests. The Parent Education Profile (PEP) is one test now adopted across many states to measure parenting practices. However, this article highlights some of the flaws in having a single standard, which makes assumptions about the ideal parent based on values of wealth and class.

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