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Unformatted text preview: 1/29/2008 Family Diversity (Continued) Theories are an important part of understanding marriage and family life. They provide us with a way to think about familiesa framework. Lets start by talking about exactly what a theory is. Middle Eastern Families 30 different countries Marriage Lower divorce rate than the national average. Contractual arrangement, some arranged marriages, depends on how assimilated the family is to American culture. Children & Parents 85% of children live in two parent households higher than white non Hispanic and other racial-ethnic groups. Strong bonds between parents and children. Extended kin networks are important. Gender roles Double standard between girl and boy children, in terms of dating and sexuality, and in terms of household chores. A lot of variability and depends on how assimilated the family is with American culture. Diversity & Religion 80% of American adults surveyed in 2001 indicated a religious identification. born again Christians less likely to cohabit but their divorce rates do not differ from other people with different religious affiliations Slightly less than half of Jews do not have Jewish spouses More than about 2/3 rd of the children of these marriages that are split are not being raised with the Jewish faith Diversity & Economics The distribution of income in the United States is highly unequal. In 2002, the top 20% of U.S. families received 49.7% of the nations total income, while the poorest 20% received just 3.5%. Over the past thirty years, the rich have gotten richer, and the poor have gotten poorer. Counterintuitive to the idea of the American dream. Income and economics affects families and family relationships bigger divide even among the middle class over the last thirty Census Question What are the poverty thresholds? See charts varies on the age of the family. varies on how many people in the family. varies on age of the children. two adults - household under 65 years 13,500 to be at the poverty threshold. two adults, two children to be at the poverty threshold the total income should be 20,444. five people two adults, two children, great- Family Theories Theories are an important part of understanding marriage and family life. They provide us with a way to think about familiesa framework....
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