Sociological research on dating
Christina and James met in college and have been dating for more than five years.
Recently, Christina and James have been thinking about having children and the subject of marriage has resurfaced.James grew up in a two-parent household until age seven, when his parents divorced.He lived with his mother for a few years, and then later with his mother and her boyfriend until he left for college.While Christina and James were confident in their decision to enter into a commitment like a 20-year mortgage, they are unsure if they want to enter into . Neither Christina nor James had seen much success with marriage while growing up. Her parents never married, and her father has had little contact with the family since she was a toddler.
The couple had many discussions about marriage and decided that it just did not seem necessary. Christina and her mother lived with her maternal grandmother, who often served as a surrogate parent.
Here, we will define family as a socially recognized group (usually joined by blood, marriage, or adoption) that forms an emotional connection and serves as an economic unit of society.