Changing roles and relationships within families

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  • Changing roles and relationships
    • Pahl (2005,2008) was interested in who makes decisions in the family, the method of money management in couples reflects who earns the most. 1/3 of women have some independence in financial matters.
    • why is domestic violence not reported?
      • victim is ashamed
      • afraid it will get worse
      • sees it as a private matter
      • do not think the police will take it seriously
      • might be financially dependent on the abuser
      • might not want to disrupt the children's life
    • Edgell (1980), interviewed middle-class couples and found that men had decision-making control over things both saw important and women made minor decisions. this is linked to the fact that men bring back higher earnings into households.
    • POWER within the family refers to those between adult partners and children and parents. the male bringing income to the household has more power.
    • Domestic violence is behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an individual.
    • often child neglect or abuse is part of family life. they sometimes grow up in such families with the understanding that such an arrangement is normal.
      • BCS, 1/4 women and 1/6 men suffer some kind of domestic violence
      • 2011 NSPCC found that 1/5 were severely maltreated. it has helped 3.5 million children since its launch in 1986.


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