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Communication Studies San Jose State University. Interpersonal Communication Dr. Marquita L. Byrd Marquita.byrd@sjsu.edu. Foundations of Family. Primary Relationships. American Families. Dying Traditional Americans like to marry 50% get divorced 50% of those get remarried

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communication studies san jose state university

Communication StudiesSan Jose State University

Interpersonal Communication

Dr. Marquita L. Byrd

Marquita.byrd@sjsu.edu

foundations of family
Foundations of Family

Primary Relationships

american families
American Families
  • Dying
  • Traditional
  • Americans like to marry
  • 50% get divorced
  • 50% of those get remarried
  • People who can support families and more educated continue to get married
  • Changing
  • Contemporary or post-modern
  • Creating structures that fit the needs of the people involved
  • Marriage is evolving to fit new stresses and life styles
no california does not have common law marriage
No California does not have common law marriage

People living in a married or married like state

Married recognized by state and or church

Married like, not recognized by the state or church but maintaining a “marriage” in the relationship sense

families relations are complex
Families Relations are Complex

Primary relationship

Family constellation of people surrounding the primary relationship

1.People

2. Related

3. Blood

4. Law

5. Choice

marriage happens in two dimensions
Marriage happens in two dimensions
  • Relationship: pattern of interaction
  • Legal: paperwork, documents
  • Where does that put domestic partnerships?
what is guaranteed in marriage
What is guaranteed in Marriage?
  • Love?
  • Companionship?
  • Sex?
  • Friendship?
  • Support?
  • Security?
  • Self-worth?
  • None of the Above!
  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
types primary relationships
Types Primary Relationships

Described by gender, number, sexual fidelity

heterosexual
Heterosexual
  • Monogamous
  • Non- monogamous
homosexual
Homosexual
  • Monogamous
  • Non Monogamous
multiple partners
Multiple Partners

Earliest Recorded?

  • Polygamous
  • Polyandry
  • Polyamory: new movement
  • Swingers
communal
Communal
  • Several people with various sexual practices

Sharing various resources: When was highest number in the US?

blended
Blended

Parents previously married to others

Bringing two families together

single parent family
Single Parent Family

Legitimate Style

intermarriage
Intermarriage
  • Marriage across any cultural, religious, racial boundaries
  • Racial
  • Ethnic
  • Religion
  • Transgender
  • National
contemporary families
Contemporary Families

Every Style You Can Imagine. Family structure based on social norms and indigenous needs.