ADRS 2310 - HDFS 3320.002- THE CONTEMPORARY FAMILY 09/04/07...

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HDFS 3320.002- THE CONTEMPORARY FAMILY 09/04/07 Social Change of the Family 1. Overview a. Made up of several institutions: religion, education, economy, politics, etc; a dramatic change in one causes a dramatic change in another. 2. Types of Social Change a. Revolution: a change so dramatic that it affects all social systems. Ex: industrial revolution, sexual revolution, information revolution i. Subtle revolution: steady increase in working women since the early 1940s (after the civil war ii. Can increase or decrease resources, ex.: Great Depression iii. Open up new options for the family; ex.: working women, divorce iv. Tends to change family roles b. Natural Disasters c. War d. Changes in Political Structure e. Economic booms and depressions f. Major Social Movements: Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Anti-War Movements g. Demographic Trends: Baby Boomers, Immigration, Divorce Rate, Increase in women in workforce 3. Impact on Family a. Norton: most important characteristic of a marriage is partnership; first time partnership was really part of a marriage was when husband and wife could talk about the same things- external validity= generalizability= only accurate in the certain group that was studied b. Elder: 1970s; found 2 studies in Bay Area in 1920s that weren’t completed because of great depression: Oakland boys and girls born in 1920-1921 and Berkley boys and girls born in 1928- 1929; Market crashed in October 1929. How did Depression affect family life? What were the long-term affects of going through the Great Depression as a child? i. How did it affect family life? 1. Dad out of work. Mom goes to work- can do domestic jobs: ironing, sewing, and cleaning. Kids go to work- doing whatever they could find available. Many kids dropped out of school. ii. What were the long term affects? 1. Oakland: the men and women benefited from living in the Great Depression. They were satisfied and successful. When they were young they became independent, responsible, and competent. 2. Berkley: hurt the Berkley boys, but not the girls. The boys were opposite of the Oakland group. They had higher rates of depression and anxiety disorders. The girls did not differ in any way than the Oakland group. The role models for the boys were their fathers, who were incapable of supporting their families. However, the role models for the girls were their mothers, who became independent and worked to get their families through the Depression. However, there were a few of the Berkley boys who were no different than the Oakland boys. When researched, Elder found that this was because their parents maintained a close and loving relationship. 4. Creating Social Change a. When enough families make the same kinds of decisions, social change is the result, ex: Baby Boom, working mothers, older parents b. Families react to social change, but they have the ability to create it, as well. 08/30/07
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ADRS 2310 taught by Professor Porter during the Fall '07 term at Texas Tech.

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ADRS 2310 - HDFS 3320.002- THE CONTEMPORARY FAMILY 09/04/07...

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