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12: Family and Romantic Relationships

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    • 12.1: Communication and Families
      There is no doubt that the definition and makeup of families are changing in the United States. New data from research organizations and the 2010 US Census show the following: people who choose to marry are waiting longer, more couples are cohabitating before marriage or instead of marrying, households with more than two generations are increasing, and the average household size is decreasing. Just as the makeup of families changes, so do the definitions.
    • 12.2: Romantic Relationships
      Whether pining for love in the pages of a diary or trying to find a soul mate from a cast of suitors, love and romance can seem to take us over at times. As we have learned, communication is the primary means by which we communicate emotion, and it is how we form, maintain, and end our relationships. In this section, we will explore the communicative aspects of romantic relationships including love, sex, social networks, and cultural influences.


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