Personality: Development and Assessment

By Charles M. Harsh; H. G. Schrickel | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 11
Love, Marriage, and Parenthood

While there are many aspects of personality development in early adulthood, probably none is more important in our society than the processes involved in learning occupational and sex roles. We have already discussed the former and wish now to examine the latter. The steadily rising number of divorces in our time as compared with the number of successful marriages indicates that the learning of adult sex roles involves some of the more difficult problems for the members of our society. This chapter is primarily devoted to these problems. Other processes, such as those involved in parenthood, are necessarily related and are taken up at appropriate points in the general discussion.


THE LOVE RELATIONSHIP

While it is true that in some few instances the special circumstances of a particular love relationship or marriage may make it unsuccessful for two otherwise socially compatible individuals, the cause of a large proportion of broken love affairs and marriages is the failure of one or both of the persons involved to develop in earlier years an over-all way of life tending toward happiness. Marital failures are due to so many different factors that it is not possible to provide any simple key to successful marriage. There are, however, several marriage manuals available, the careful study of which will be found helpful to those who want a more detailed analysis than we are able to give here (cf. Bowman, 1948; Fishbein and Burgess, 1955; Levy and Munroe, 1938; Stone and Levine, 1956; Strain, 1955.)

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