Category Archive for: FAMILIES AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

Causes of Divorce Why do divorces occur?

Causes of Divorce Why do divorces occur? As you will recall from Chapter 2, sociologists look for correlations (relationships( between two variables) in attempting to answer questions such as this. Existing research has identified a number of factors at both the macro level and micro level that make some couples more or less likely to divorce. At the macro level, societal factors…

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Consequences of Divorce

Consequences of Divorce Divorce may have a dramatic economic and emotional impact on family members. An estimated 60 percent of divorcing couples have one or more children. By age 16. about one out of every three white children and two out of every three African American children will experience divorce within their families. As a result, most of them will remain with…

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Asian American Families

Asian American Families Many Asian Americans live 10 nuclear families; however others (especially those residing in Chinatowns) have extended family networks. The family of Tony Horn, a twenty-rive-year-old Chinese American. is an example of what is known as a semi extended family because other relatives live close by but not necessarily in the same household My grandparents were always close by. When…

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Diversity in Families

Diversity in Families Although marriage at increasingly younger ages was the trend in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. by the 1960 s the trend had reversed and many more adults were remaining Single. Currently. almost 80 million single adults reside in the United States (US. Census Bureau, 2007). Some people remain single by choice, whereas…

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Family Issues in the Future

Family Issues in the Future As we have seen. families and intimate relationships changed dramatically during the twentieth century. Some people believe that the family as we know it is doomed. Others believe that a return to traditional family values will save this important social institution and create greater stability in society. However, the sociologist Lillian Rubin (1986: 89) suggests that…

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African American Families

African American Families As with other racial-ethnic groups. there is no such thing as the African Ameraen family (McAdoo, )990).’ Although many African Americans live in nuclear families. a higher proportion of African Americans than whites live in extended family households (Hofferth, 1984). The extended family often provides emotional and financial support not otherwise available. When an emergency arises. three or…

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Biracial Families

Biracial Families Since the 1970s, there has been a 300 percent increase in marriages between people of different races. When these couples produce offspring, their children are considered to be biracial. Interracial marriage-which is most often thought of as marriage between whites and blacks-was illegal in sixteen states until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned miscegenation laws in 1967. Today, the term interracial…

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Native American Families

Native American Families Family ties are also strong among many Native Americans, as Mary Crow Dog states: Our people have always been known for their strong family ties. for people within one family group caring for each other. for the “helpless ones; the old folks and especially the children. the coming generation …. At the center of the old Sioux society was…

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Latina/o Families

Latina/o Families Family support systems are also found in many Latina/o families. Referred to as III familiar this network spans a wide array of relatives. including a married couple and their children. parents. aunts and uncles. cousins. brothers and sisters. and their children. a familiar may also in Clyde compares (co-parents). palominos (godfathers). and marinas (godmothers) who are not biologically related to…

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FAMILIES AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

FAMILIES AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS    My son began commuting between his two homes at age . He traveled with a Hello Kitty suitcase with a pretend lock and key until it embarrassed him …. He graduated to a canvas backpack filled with a revolving arsenal of essential stuff: books and journals, plastic vampire teeth, “Star Trek” Micro Machines, a Walkman,…

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