Family Transitions Across the Life Span|
This seminar aims to provide an overview of normative and non-normative family transitions from adolescence through adulthood. Grounded in a life-course perspective, this course examines theories and recent findings related to family transitions. Topics include "modern" dating, relationship formation and dissolution, staying single, parenthood and remaining "child-free," family structure changes such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, and widowhood, as well as grandparenting, empty nesting (and refilling), and the "sandwich generation." From this course, students will learn developmental theories related to transitions across the life course, and be able to critically analyze recent research on family transitions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
: During each class meeting, students will be assigned 1-2 articles to read ahead of time. Some of these articles are review articles, and others are quantitative or qualitative research articles related to a transition. Below I have listed a few readings that will be included throughout the semester:
Allison, R., & Ralston, M. (2018). Opportune Romance: How College Campuses Shape Students┐ Hookups, Dates, and Relationships. The Sociological Quarterly, 59(3), 495-518. https://doi.org /10.1080/00380253.2018.1479200
Guzzo, K. B., & Hayford, S. R. (2020). Pathways to parenthood in social and family contexts: Decade in review, 2020. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 117-144. https://doi-org.proxyiub.uits.iu.edu/10.1111/jomf.12618
Raley, R. K., & Sweeney, M. M. (2020). Divorce, repartnering, and stepfamilies: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 81-99. https://doi-org.proxyiub.uits.iu.edu/10.1111/jomf.12651
Riskind, R. G., & Tornello, S. L. (2017). Sexual orientation and future parenthood in a 2011┐2013 nationally representative United States sample. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(6), 792-798. https://www.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000316
Sassler, S., & Lichter, D. T. (2020). Cohabitation and marriage: complexity and diversity in union┐formation patterns. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 35-61. https://doi.org /10.1111/jomf.12617
Shulman, S., Seiffge-Krenke, I., Scharf, M., Boiangiu, S. B., & Tregubenko, V. (2018). The diversity of romantic pathways during emerging adulthood and their developmental antecedents. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 42(2), 167┐174. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025416673474
Smock, P. J., & Schwartz, C. R. (2020). The demography of families: A review of patterns and change. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 9-34. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12612
Watkins, N. K., & Waldron, M. (2017). Timing of remarriage among divorced and widowed parents. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(4), 244-262. https://doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2017.1299456
|Examinations and Assignments: |
: Students will be graded based on attendance and participation, presentations on articles, article summaries, and a final research paper project".
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
: Students will email Prof. Nicole Watkins (nwatkins@) with a paragraph explaining their interest in the course, what their learning goals would be for this course, and what family transition interests them the most.
Priority will be given to psychology senior and junior majors.
|Instructor(s): Watkins,Nicole K Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: BOGH110; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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