CHFD 3920

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  1. Empty Nest
    A period of the family life cycle occuring after all children have left home to live on their own
  2. Generational Squeeze
    The situation in which middle-aged adults are responsible for simultaneously meeting the needs of their own dependent children and those of their aging and frail parents.
  3. Launching
    A period of the family life cycle that begins with the departure of the first child from the home and ends when all children have left home to live on their own
  4. Renesting Family
    The situation that results when adult children who have been launched from the family return home to live with their parents
  5. Behavioral Slowing
    The reduced speed in responding to stimuli and the sensory changes in vision,hearing, taste, touch, and smell that accompany the aging process.
  6. Frailty
    A condition brought on by a decline in health status that stresses the relationships between aging spouses and between adult children and their aging parents.
  7. Grandparenthood
    A role transition that is discussed in the context of the later life family because the birth of grandchildren symbolically signifies a shift in centrality and power from the aging generation to the middle generation within the family heirarchy.
  8. Retirement
    Both a physical withdrawl from paid employment and a psychological reorientation of the importance of work to one's identity.
  9. Anniversary Reaction
    An emotional relivin of a person's death each year around the time that the death occurred.
  10. Emotional Shock Wave
    The emotional response to a dealth felt throughout the family system, producing stress and altering relationships even among family members who are emotionally removed from the deceased.
  11. Healing Theory
    A cognitive understanding of a dealth that helps the family to accept the pain on the loss and makes it possible for the family to evolve a new perspective that reestablishes a positive sense of control fairness, and trust in the future.
  12. Replacement role
    When a child is conceieved to take the place of a deceased family member, or when a surviving child is affirmed for traits that remind parents of a deceased child.
  13. Unrecognized or unsanctioned grief
    Grief that exists even tough society does not recognize one's need, right, or capacity to grieve
  14. Widowhood
    A role transition brought on by the death of a spouse
  15. Binuclear Family System
    A system comprised of two active and involved parents and two separate households
  16. Boundary Ambiguity
    Confusion about who is in the family and who is not
  17. Child Custody
    The legal parameters of each parent's relationship with the children that are established following divorce
  18. Coparenting Relationship
    The termination of the spousal role combined with the maintenance of the parental role and the charing of responsibilites for one's children
  19. Divorce
    The legal termination of a marriage
  20. Divorce Mediation
    A negotiation process designed to minimize divorcing couples' conflicts over personal, economic, or child related differences by concretely examining their options in a goal focused and task oriented manner and making constructive decisions before appearing in court.
  21. Family Reorganization
    The fourth and final transition of the divorce process, during which the family clarifies its new internal and external boundaires, redefines its identiy, stabilizes its emotional environment, and reestablishes strategies for managing the newly created household.
  22. Individual Congition
    The first transition on the divorce process, which begins when a spouse first realizes that he or she is feeling dissatisfied or distressed in the marriage
  23. Joint Custody
    When both parents continue to be parents to all of their children despite a divorce
  24. Mairtal distress
    When one or both partners in a marriage-like relationship believe that the relationship suffers from serious, long standing problems that threaten the stability of the relationship
  25. Separation
    The third transition of the divorce process, which occurs when one spouse moves out of the home
  26. Sole Custody
    When one parent assumes complete responsiblity for child care with the other parent generaly recieving visitation rights and, in many instances, responsibility for child support
  27. Split Custody
    When one parent has legal and physical custody of one or more children, and the other parent has legal and physical custody of one or more other children
  28. Alimony
    Money that higher-earning spouses provide to their lower-earning counterparts following the end of their marriage
  29. Joint Legal Custody
    When parents legaly share responsiblity for child care, parental decision-making and economic support of their children following divorce
  30. Joint Physical Custody
    When parents equally share the responsibility for providing their children with a residence. The term is used to distunguish between this arrangment and joint legal custody, which involves shared parental decision-making and economic support, and a situation in which children generally reside with one parent most of the time
  31. Parental Child
    A role assumed by a child( often a daugher or older child) requiring him or her to take responsibility for parenting other children (or the parent) in the single parent family system.
  32. Sole Administratior
    The role assumed by a single parent that involves accepting complete authority and resonsibility for the household and all related tasks and enlisiting the help of others when needed, without allowing them to take over. That is, the parent accepts that the single parent household can no longer operate as it did when two parents were present
  33. Courtship and preparation
    An initial stage in the process of remarraige that provides time to reslove issues related to the earlier divorce of one or both partners and a gradual introducation of the new stepparent into the present single-parent system
  34. Early Remarriage
    The second stage of the process of remarriage beginning immeditaely after the remarriage, during which the system typically remains divided primarily along biological lines
  35. Incomplete institution
    A lack of norms and institutional supports for stepfamilies
  36. Late Remarriages
    The fourth and final stage of the remarriage procss, marked by a greater sense of shared intimacy and authenticity in family relationships. Restructuring is now complete, and the faily is characterized by flexibility in roles and interactional patterns. Personal one-to-one relationships take precedence over disruptive triangles and coalitions
  37. Metafamily system
    A remarried family system that includes the households of both biologicaly parents (perhaps other stepparents, siblings, and stepsiblings), biological relatives, and steprelativies.
  38. Middle Remarriage
    The third stage of the remarriage process during which the structure of the family will gradualy undergo change.
  39. Remarried family
    A family in which one or both spouses have been married previoulsy
  40. Stepfamily
    A family in which one or both partners bring children into the household, resulting in the presence of both biological and nonbiological parents.
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CHFD 3920
2011-05-08 23:20:28

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