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Partnership and love throughout life

Anica Tikvič (2014) Partnership and love throughout life. Diploma thesis.

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    The thesis covers relationship and love through different life periods – from getting to know each other to family life. The theoretical part focuses on life events and situations which change and develop a relationship. The areas which are dealt with are: how partners get to know each other, the period of being in love, how true love develops, the decision to live together and get married, starting a family. Special attention is given to the period of pregnancy and the birth of the first child. The thesis sees a relationship as a living organism that changes and develops, thus it focuses on the managing of partner and parent roles, how these two roles change when children grow and how partners deal with conflicts that family life brings. The empirical part of the thesis presents the results of qualitative analysis of two half-structured interviews with the marital couples. Both of the couples have been married over twenty years and have many children (namely the first couple seven, and the second nine). We were curious how their relationship has developed until now and how they cherish it as partners. The results showed that common life and the birth of children brought a lot of changes into the relationship. Both couples mention the lack of time plus the effort and the decision to take some time for themselves. The managing of two important roles as a partner and a parent is difficult and takes effort and sacrifice. The main and effective strategy for solving conflicts in their opinion is conversation and solving problems as soon as they appear. Both couples explain that having more children does mean more adjustment, but it is not necessarily the reason for conflicts between the partners. The reasons may well be their own issues. The key difference between the couples is in their perception of how important is their role of a partner or a parent. The research confirmed that partner or marital relationship is a living organism that goes through many ups and downs. The quality and contentment in a relationship does not depend on external factors but on the partners themselves.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: being in love, love, relationship, marriage, family life, parenthood, managing partnership and parenthood, conflicts between partners
    Number of Pages: 47
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Alenka KoboltMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10299721)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2607
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 07:51
    Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014 07:51
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2607

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