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Observations of wedding anniversaries among married couples living in the United States

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20-10-2011 7:30 PM

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20-10-2011 8:45 PM

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Abstract

Married couples in the United States celebrate their wedding anniversaries through occupation. The celebrations are highly interactive, creating a meaningful and focused co-occupation for the two individuals. Co-occupation, as defined in occupational science, reflects engagement in occupation of two or more individuals, whereby the occupation cannot occur without both partners present and actively engaged (Pierce, 2009).

Within occupational science, studies have been conducted illustrating celebratory occupations associated with food and holidays (Shordike & Pierce, 2005). However, there currently is no research regarding celebratory occupations related to the ways individuals celebrate their wedding anniversaries. Studies that have been conducted regarding wedding anniversaries do not specifically address celebratory means, but focus on quality of marriage, social networking, and shared memories (Kearns & Kenneth, 2004; Leeds-Hurwitz, 2005).

The purpose of this study is to describe how married couples who were born, raised, and currently reside in the United States observe their wedding anniversaries.

Using a grounded theory approach, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 heterosexual couples who have been married for at least one year. Range of years married spanned from 1-57 years to maximize comparative contrast in the data. Both partners were present during interviewing. Interviews were transcribed and coded using Hyper Research. The study revealed four common factors in the celebration of wedding anniversaries. Family involvement was an important role in determining celebratory activities. Couples were less likely to extravagantly celebrate non-milestone anniversaries as years passed, which indicated the effect on anniversary celebration due to the number of years married. Annual means of celebrating wedding anniversaries became their rituals, such as giving gifts or dining at certain restaurants. Lastly, planning of activities depended on the number of years married and couples’ rituals.

This study will add to occupational science literature and offer empirical evidenced based data regarding social and cultural celebratory occupations in observance of married couples’ wedding anniversaries useful across social sciences.

Discussion Questions:

  1. The celebration of wedding anniversaries and many other co-occupations have been studied in occupational science. Why are these particular occupations of so much interest to occupational scientists?
  2. Wedding anniversaries are annual celebratory rituals that seem to carry great symbolic significance. What other occupations carry the significance and have been studied, or should be studies, in occupational science?

References

Bryant, Antony and Kathy Charmaz (eds.). 2007. Handbook of Grounded Theory. London: Sage.

Kearns, J. & Kenneth, E. (2004). Social networks, structural interdependence, and marital quality over the transition to marriage: A prospective analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 18(2), 393-395. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0893-3200.18.2.383

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2005). Making marriage visible: Wedding anniversaries as the public component of private relationships. Text, 25(5), 595-631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/text.2005.25.5.595

Pierce, D. (2009). Co-occupation: The challenges of defining concepts original to occupational science. Journal of Occupational Science, 16(3), 203-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2009.9686663

Shordike, A. & Pierce, D. (2005). Cooking up Christmas in Kentucky: Occupation and tradition in the stream of time. Journal of Occupational Science, 12(3), 140-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2005.9686557

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Observations of wedding anniversaries among married couples living in the United States

Married couples in the United States celebrate their wedding anniversaries through occupation. The celebrations are highly interactive, creating a meaningful and focused co-occupation for the two individuals. Co-occupation, as defined in occupational science, reflects engagement in occupation of two or more individuals, whereby the occupation cannot occur without both partners present and actively engaged (Pierce, 2009).

Within occupational science, studies have been conducted illustrating celebratory occupations associated with food and holidays (Shordike & Pierce, 2005). However, there currently is no research regarding celebratory occupations related to the ways individuals celebrate their wedding anniversaries. Studies that have been conducted regarding wedding anniversaries do not specifically address celebratory means, but focus on quality of marriage, social networking, and shared memories (Kearns & Kenneth, 2004; Leeds-Hurwitz, 2005).

The purpose of this study is to describe how married couples who were born, raised, and currently reside in the United States observe their wedding anniversaries.

Using a grounded theory approach, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 heterosexual couples who have been married for at least one year. Range of years married spanned from 1-57 years to maximize comparative contrast in the data. Both partners were present during interviewing. Interviews were transcribed and coded using Hyper Research. The study revealed four common factors in the celebration of wedding anniversaries. Family involvement was an important role in determining celebratory activities. Couples were less likely to extravagantly celebrate non-milestone anniversaries as years passed, which indicated the effect on anniversary celebration due to the number of years married. Annual means of celebrating wedding anniversaries became their rituals, such as giving gifts or dining at certain restaurants. Lastly, planning of activities depended on the number of years married and couples’ rituals.

This study will add to occupational science literature and offer empirical evidenced based data regarding social and cultural celebratory occupations in observance of married couples’ wedding anniversaries useful across social sciences.

Discussion Questions:

  1. The celebration of wedding anniversaries and many other co-occupations have been studied in occupational science. Why are these particular occupations of so much interest to occupational scientists?
  2. Wedding anniversaries are annual celebratory rituals that seem to carry great symbolic significance. What other occupations carry the significance and have been studied, or should be studies, in occupational science?