RELATIONSHIP

In India Marriage is a relationship

In India Marriage is a relationship formed between an Adult Male and Female with a primary purpose of sexual relations where reproduction of children is expected to happen and with an intention of permanance.

The Couple is expected to share a common living space and share all their resources with common bonds and goals in life.

In Marriage they take Marital Vows, and commit themselves - 

  • To Provide for each other
  • To Grow together in strength- physical, mental and spiritual
  • To Preserve Wealth and Prosperity
  • To Serve each other with Happiness and Harmony
  • To Care for the health and growth of Children
  • To Be Together Forever in all Responsibilities
  • For Everlasting Friendship and true Companionship

Even where religions differ, the basic concept of commitment remains the same.

The relationship thus starts with mutual commitment, trust and respect - in front of all their loved and respected ones- in a religiously sacred ceremony.

This relationship is formed to create a supportive and nurturing unit, which will provide love, care and security to the couple, their children and the elderly dependants.

PREDICTORS OF MARRIAGE SUCCESS

  • CAREFUL SELECTION OF MATES
  • AWARENESS ABOUT SOCIAL AND PERSONAL VALUES AND NORMS
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
  • EMOTIONAL MATURITY
  • ABILITY TO GIVE AND RECEIVE LOVE IN DEMONSTRABLE (OBVIOUS ) WAYS
  • ABILITY TO FORGIVE AND COMPLIMENT
  • ABILITY FOR EMPATHY
  • EMPHASIS ON THE COMMON GOOD OF FAMILY RATHER THAN ON SELFISH INTERESTS AND RIGHTS
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION OR MANAGEMENT AND COPING SKILLS ETC.

Marital Responsibilities

Marriage sows the seeds for the growth of the family , where the couple is expected to perform their marital responsibilities which include :-

  • The sexual function

The partners are expected to fulfill each other’s sexual requirements and provide each other with companionship , security , psychological support and also help each other to develop their potential to the full.

  • Reproductive function

The couple is expected to reproduce and expand the family and play a responsible parental role. They have to provide their children with necessary

knowledge and skill

inculcate the right values and attitudes

discipline them and

provide necessary guidance to children.

  • Affectional function

The children have to be loved and cared for in a supportive and nurturing environment along with other members in the family.

  • Economic function

The partners developing the family have to provide for all their financial requirements.

  • Protective function

The partners have to provide a stable, secure environment to each other, their children and other family members.

  • Socialization function

The partners have to take care of the socialization of their children and make them a fit member of the society.

  • Status function

The partners in marriage have to provide a stable and viable identity or status to the children they bear, over which the children can build their own statuses and roles. Without a family status and identity the child will find it tougher to build a future for itself. Apart from these there are Religious, political, entertainment functions etc.,

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