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Changing Family Structures
A look at the changing setup and role of families through U.S. census reports.
# 35560 | 2,650 words | 10 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2003 in Sociology (General)

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This paper traces the changing family patterns in the past fifty years with statistics from census reports. The paper shows how the changing society is giving rise to some of the most non-traditional forms of family and explains the cultural changes that are the causes of these trends. The paper explains the implications of these changes for the traditional nuclear family, for older adults and for their children.

Abstracted Analysis
Cultural Devaluation

From the Paper:

"The past half-century has been one of the most radical in terms of changing family values. From the Civil Rights Movement to the Communications Revolution the family system has been drastically altered. The causes are various and the dynamics complex. In the fifties we saw the society to be a traditional unit where the women were considered the homemakers and the men worked to support them. The men were the head of the household and the society was mainly patriarchal. Then the sixties.
"The civil rights movement was emerging and the concept of women's emancipation being introduced. As women began to emerge into the mainstream society the family was effected and the structure changed. From the traditional unit the family moved towards the nuclear family. As the joint family system broke the grandparents rile became minimal and they became a part of the fringe of the society. Children became more independent and a less supportive system of family became common. Then by the eighties the nuclear system too began to break down as the divorce rate rose. By the nineties the divorces were sky-high and the single parent family began to be seen."

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