Assessment of Marital and Family Expectations of a Group of Urban Single Young Adults

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bangalore-29, India.
Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine 03/2010; 32(1):42-8. DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.70532
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The lack of baseline understanding of what young adults' needs and expectations are from marital and family life is the context in which this study has evolved. The author believes that the findings from this study could fee into the contents of a more relevant and useful Family Life Education program for young adults in urban India.
To explore and analyze the needs and expectations of single young adults with respect to marital and family life.
A college in Bangalore with students from graduate and post-graduate courses in the age group of 18 to 25 years. A semi-structure interview schedule prepared by the author was administered on 100 students. Qualitative and Quantitative.
The results showed that a large number of the participants had very specific emotional, cognitive and physiological expectations from marital and family life. They also expressed an active need for education on mate selection, sexuality, parenting, interpersonal relationships, intimacy, conflict resolution, among other areas of need. The findings from this study would find great relevance in the preparation of a relevant and practical Family Life Education program for single young adults which in turn would be useful in colleges, workplaces, family counseling centers or any platform where single young adults wish to access such family base services.

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