Learning Objectives

7.1 Describe some key historic and contemporary trends affecting marriage beliefs and practices.

7.2 Explain the impact of marriage on biological health for men versus women.

7.3 Analyze the benefits and challenges of cohabitation, as well as covenant and arranged marriages.

7.4 List the arguments for and against same-sex marriage.

7.5 Understand the challenges faced by couples involved in interracial and intercultural marriages.

7.6 Create a checklist of what you consider to be the most important practices for maintaining healthy long-term committed relationships.