2. Social Trends and their Impact on Couple and Family Relationships

  1. Patricia Noller2 and
  2. Gery C. Karantzas3
  1. David de Vaus

Published Online: 23 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch2

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

How to Cite

de Vaus, D. (2012) Social Trends and their Impact on Couple and Family Relationships, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (eds P. Noller and G. C. Karantzas), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4072, Australia

  2. 3

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia

Author Information

  1. Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, 4072, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334500

Online ISBN: 9781444354119

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Keywords:

  • social trends, impact on couple and family relationships;
  • contemporary couples, forming relationships and families;
  • two interrelated concepts, choice and risk;
  • context of family change, family and relationship trends;
  • feminism, choices over fertility, roles, staying in relationships;
  • same-sex relationships, more public;
  • changes, reflecting an erosion of monopoly of marriage;
  • changing landscape of families, diversity of family types;
  • transformations in families, erosion of prescriptions and widening of choices;
  • Laissez-faire economics

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Family and Relationship Trends

  • The Context of Family Changes

  • Consequences of Choice

  • Concluding Comments

  • References