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1. Using the readings and video clip posted for today’s lecture, answer the following discussion questions:
What do you think is the key element in Gottman’s prediction of marital health? Do you believe he can predict divorce that accurately? Why/why not? Do you think culture or technology have implications for Gottman’s approach? Use evidence from the readings to support your argument.
2. Although many people are delaying childbearing a majority eventually have children. Do you think social pressures motivate people to have children, and if so, to what extent? In your response, discuss at least 1 cost and 1 benefit to childbearing. Pick one aspect of childbearing or parenting that was presented in Chapter 9 (e.g., fertility rates, abortion, infertlity and medical advancements, parenting styles, discipline, parenting roles, etc). Describe the impact that the COVID pandemic may bring to one of these issues and discuss whether you think the change will be positive or negative.
3. Using the posted articles and videos, respond to the following two discussion question. Remember to create your own thread and respond to a classmate for full credit. There is considerable debate about the prestige and deference accorded to elderly people in the United States compared to other societies. Some observers suggest that elderly people in other societies enjoy more respect than their counterparts in America. Think about what factors explain the widespread disvalued labels that are frequently attached to the elderly in the United States. How do the viewpoints presented in the videos suggest that we view aging? Do the videos present viewpoints that go against common conceptions of aging in the US? How so?
4. 1) What is the role of society in keeping victims of intimate partner violence from leaving abusive relationships? In other words, does our society contribute to or alleviate the problem of intimate partner violence? Explain.