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Asynchronous Development between Partners

  • By: Gordon E. Finley & Geri R. Hall
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

In the context of this encyclopedia, asynchronous development between partners contains two hidden assumptions that must be made explicit at the outset: (1) asynchrony is presumed to exacerbate stress that in turn is known to serve as a generalized risk factor for a host of medical, social, and emotional illnesses; and (2) asynchronous development presumes a change over time—both historical-social time and partnered time. Asynchronous development is also considered to be a risk factor for divorce in contemporary society. This entry examines changes in family parenting roles, gendered educational attainment, and the implications of both for life satisfaction, stress, and health.

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