What Beliefs And Values Do

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What beliefs and values do contemporary adults apply to marriage? Today’s society battles for and against individualism, has scattered gender roles, and unobtainable ideals towards romance and marriage as well as the all too common occurrence of divorce. Many researchers have searched for the meaning and values behind marriage in an individualistic perspective as well as societal; yet, as time evolves, so do these specific beliefs and values. By understanding the development of these beliefs, one hopes to define the behaviors that develop towards marriage as well as how we, as complex human beings, define the values of such a popular covenant in today’s society (Hall, 2006). Previous studies illustrate a broad range of themes and ways in which one can perceive marriage. These studies include subjective interpretation, which specifically tailored to this topic, discuss how one’s views and beliefs towards marriage influence his or hers behavior and success. Many times, one’s previous experiences are incorporated in these beliefs, although, this differs given the environment in which one grows up (ie. society, time, and culture). Another area studied includes the effect of early family experiences on one’s feelings towards marriage (Hall, 2006). For example, Larson and Thayne (1998) discovered that adults that grew up with at least one alcoholic parent had negative views on marriage and hesitated to make the commitment of marriage (as cited in Hall, 2006). Dostal and Langhinrichsen (1998) noted a correlation between growing up and observing a fathers psychological abuse of a mother to dysfunctional beliefs about mediating conflicts as well as a spouse’s ability to change (as cited in Hall, 2006). The point of mentioning these... ... middle of paper ... ...e variety of religions, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and cultures that many Americans see in today’s world. Although it was not the strongest study, it lays a strong foundation for further research discussing contemporary young adults’ beliefs about marriage and how these beliefs affect behavior. For additional evidence and information, the study could conduct a longitudinal study and ask the same questions to the same population every couple years in order to study the development of beliefs over time. Or, the researchers could conduct cross-sectional research; thus, gaining the ability to compare and contrast the different age groups’ views in the same time period. Conducting further research could guide us to truly understanding the diverse values that individuals relate to marriage and how this can affect his or her intimate relationships.

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