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Family Life Cycle
Transcript of Family Life Cycle
A couple gets married and works to establish a home and their marriage responsibilities.
Children gradually leave home to support themselves. Parents help children adapt to life on their own.
Kids moving out to get job
Couple renews their relationship and prepares for retirement. If they had children who have left home, this is called the "empty nest" stage.
Family Life Cycle
Throughout the years a family will experience many changes that affect the family as a whole. It was created to show five stages. Although it is correct most of the time, ALL families are different and the model can't reflect all variations, but it gives a general picture of how families adapt to changing situations and priorities.
also known as expanding family. Having children, couple prepares for and adjusts to parenthood
AKA Developing family. As children grow, parent work to meet chidlren's changing needs and help them develop independence
Retirement give more time for leisure activities.
May move to smaller home or retirement community
Age related issues like health and independence become growing concern.
Variations of the family life cycle occur in many forms:
° Individuals choose not to marry
° Individuals whose spouses die or leave
° Couples choose not to, or find they are unable, to have children
° Families skip, overlap, or repeat stages, which creates new sequences
° Families have additional children several years after first group of children
° Families decide to adopt after their children are in the launching stage
° Families are involved in second marriages; two families blend and stages are repeated
° Families create extended families by bringing aging relatives into their home
building a relationship
working out respective roles
setting goals for the future
Priorities focus on:
devote time and energy to caring for child
less time for activities as couple
Parents have more time to focus on being a couple again.
May reassess career
take up new hobbies
become more involved in community