1. As a young couple with mobility and energy to explore and experiment socially (a form of "coupled" adolescence).2. As a committed couple developing a household and home together.3. As a couple with young children (dealing with new demands of having young children; major adaptations in couple's relationship, i.e. being parents and social world).4. As a family with latency age children (into the groove of having and dealing with children's day to day needs).5. As a family with teenagers (dealing with greater autonomy, beginning separation, preparation for launching).6. As a couple in the "golden years", still young enough and healthy enough to "play" without the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of children in the home.7. As grandparents, settled and rooted in the community.8. As seniors, cared for by the younger generations.
Dealing with transitions from stage to stage,New demands or stresses of the stage,One partner moving to another stage while the other partner has not (or resists),Disappointing stage expectations,Inadequate skills or modeling for stage demands,Mismatched stage expectations between partners,Unfamiliar stages or stage demands due to cultural issues,Incomplete satiation in the stage.Stage stresses activating previously dormant but unresolved issues.