Category Archive for: FAMILIES AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

Child-Related Family Issues and Parenting

Child-Related Family Issues and Parenting Not all couples become parents. Those who decide not to have children often consider themselves to be “child-free,” whereas those who do not produce children through no choice of their own may consider themselves “childless.”

Deciding to Have Children

Deciding to Have Children Cultural attitudes about having children and about the ideal family size began to-change in the United States – in the-late.1950s. Women:on average. are now having 2.1. children each (see “Sociology Works!”). wever rates of fertility differ across racial and think categories. In 2006. for example. Latnr (Hispanic women) had a total fertility rate of 2.9. which…

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Adoption

Adoption Adoption is a legal process through which the rights and duties of parenting are transferred from a child’s biological and/or legal parents to new legal parents. This procedure gives the adopted child all the rights of a biological child. In most adoptions. a new birth certificate is issued. and the child has no future contact with the biological parents; however.…

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Two-Parent Households

Two-Parent Households In recent decades, the percentage of children living in two-parent households has dropped, while the percentage living with a single parent has increased  In 2005, the latest year for which comprehensive statistics are available, 67 percent of children lived with two parents, while 23 percent lived with only their mother and 5 percent lived with only their father. In…

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Single-Parent Households

Single-Parent Households In recent years, there has been a significant increase in single- or one-parent households due to divorce and to births outside of marriage. Even- for a person with a stable income and a network of friends and family to help with child care, raising a child alone can be an emotional and financial burden. Single-parent households headed by…

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Transitions and Problems in Families

Transitions and Problems in Families Families go through many transitions and experience u wide variety of problems, ranging from high rates of divorce and teen pregnancy to domestic abuse and family violence. These all-too-common experiences highlight two important facts about families: (J) for good or ill, families are central to our existence, and (2) the reality of family life is far more…

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Family Violence

Family Violence Violence between men and women in the home is often called spouse abuse or domestic violence. Spouse abllse refers to any intentional act or series of acts-whether physical. emotional, or sexual-that causes injury to a female or male spouse (Wallace, 2002). According to sociologists, the term spouse abuse refers not only to people who are married but also…

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Divorce

Divorce Not all of the children in foster care have come from violent homes. but many foster children have been in dysfunctional homes where parents or other relatives lacked the ability to meet the children’s daily needs. Fosler care refers to institutional settings or residences where adults other than a child’s own parents or biological relatives serve’ as caregivers. States provide…

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Divorce

Divorce Divorce is the legal process of dissolving a marriage that allows former spouses to remarry if they so choose. Most divorces today are granted on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, meaning that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship for which neither partner is specifically blamed. Prior to the passage of more-lenient divorce laws. many states required that the…

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Diversity Among Singles

Diversity Among Singles Never-married singles who remain single by choice may be more interested in opportunities for a career (especially for women), find readily-available sexual partners without marriage, believe that the single lifestyle is full of excitement, or have a desire for self-sufficiency and freedom to change and experiment (Stein, 1976, 1981).According to some marriage and family analysts, individuals who prefer to…

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