Category Archive for: The Family

THE AMERICAN FAMILY TODAY

THE AMERICAN FAMILY TODAY The family is a prime example of the inter relatedness of institutions, for changes in the family mirror changes in the other institutions with which it dovetails. For example, in most hunting societies men are clearly dominant over women, who make inferior hunters because of their limited strength and frequent childbearing. But as the economic base shifts from the…

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Changing Family Structure

Changing Family Structure  FAMILY SIZE HAS DECREASED. It is no-secret that the ‘twelve-child families of the last century are rare today. The birthrate in the Western world began falling about a century ago. It reached a low ‘during the Great Depression of- the 1930!j~’when’ in. the’ United States it fell to 16.6 births per thousand in 1933, rose to 26.6 in 1947,…

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SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES HAVE INCREASED

SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES HAVE INCREASED.  Throughout most of Western history, children remained in the custody of the father in those few families broken by separation rather than by death. Within the past century the idea that children of separated parents “belonged” with the mother gained an acceptance that was seldom questioned. Today this assumption is questioned by no fewer than 650,000 fathers who care…

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SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES HAVE INCREASED

SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES HAVE INCREASED Throughout most of West em history, children remained in the custody of the father in those few families broken by separation rather than by death. Within the past century the idea that children of separated parents “belonged” with the mother gained an acceptance that was seldom questioned. Today this assumption is questioned by no fewer than 650,000 fathers…

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UNMARRIED PARENTHOOD HAS INCREASED.

UNMARRIED PARENTHOOD HAS INCREASED. Since 1950, the illegitimacy rate has multiplied more than four times, from 4.0 to.17.1 percent of all births. FQr.each thousand unmarried white women aged 15 to.16, births increased from 13.8 in 1970 to.15.1 in 1981, while falling from 95.5 in 1970 to. 85.3 in 1981 for black women. Nearly one-third of the babies born to. white teenagers are…

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SINGLE-PERSONAL HOUSE HOLDS  HAVE IN CREASED It was different for a person to live comfortably  joining a by setting complete with set want staff could one live in comfort. Today the physical account orations are more favorable-famished its and maid service, wash-and times, laundromats. and catering  of many kinds make it easier for the  Historically, women With’ parents or relatives until married. .Any’,younger woman who…

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NON MARITAL COHABITATION HAS INCREASED,

NON MARITAL COHABITATION HAS INCREASED In frontier America, where churches and government offices were few and distant, common law marriage was common and respectable. Although there was no marriage license or ceremony, these couples invited and accepted a public recognition of themselves as husband and wife. Such common-law marriages were entirely legal and binding, provided an acceptance and recognition of them as husband and…

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THE QUIET REVOLUTION IN WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT

THE QUIET REVOLUTION IN WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT . Perhaps the greatest change of all has been the increase in “working wives.” Women workers today form over two-fifths of our labor force. About 61 percent of all married women (aged 20 to 45} living with their husbands are in the labor force, and over nine out of ten warried women work for some part…

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THE DUAL·CAREER FAMILY IS BECOMING COMMON

THE DUAL·CAREER FAMILY IS BECOMING COMMON For some years, many wives have worked, but few have had careers. Most working wives viewed their jobs as temporary, supplemental or supportive, and subordinate to their husband’s careers. Whether these working wives are happier than full time housewives is uncertain. Several studies [e.g., Nye, 1%3; Ferree, 1976; Booth, 1979) conclude that working wives are more satisfied with their…

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THE STATUS OF DIVORCE HAS CHANGED

THE STATUS OF DIVORCE HAS CHANGED divorce is the object of much agonized dismay by Americans who, cannot accept divorce as an integral part of the modem America  family system. Divorce is symptom moral decay or The average Ahamatian peasant married three tUnes and usaany ‘had some out side  love affairs without producing any directions  [Freilich and Coser, 1972). To invoke again the concept…

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