Cohabitors are demonstrated to have inappropriately high expectations of marriage that can lead them to be disillusioned with the ordinary problems or challenges of marriage.
We offer the following pastoral suggestions to priests, deacons, and pastoral ministers who prepare couples for marriage.
Cohabitors tend to hold individualism as a more important value than non-cohabitors do.
The girls operate pagers, cell phones, and computers to arrange "encounters" with older and often married men.
Underpinning all of the vulnerabilities and special population needs is a recognition that respect for all people will require patience and attention to context.
One felt she could never go back to living a normal life.
Adult clients can, and should, have the ability to assert privacy with respect to their marriage and to avoid burdening their children with information that may prove frightening, provocative, or simply beyond their ability to comprehend adequately.
The general principle to keep in mind as a child psychotherapist is that the courts will generally support parental authority in making decisions on behalf of their children.
Child advocates are just as worried about, shyness around girls puzzled by, girls like Stacey, who aren't forced into prostitution but instead appear to sell themselves for thrills, or money, or both.
This dyad may or may not have legal recognition as a marriage, but the parties have agreed to some degree of obligation and loyalty to each other.