Chapter 2 Newman notes

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Chapter 2: Declining Families/Enduring Families The Family Decline Perspective Family decline perspective- an approach to understanding families that regards recent changes in  family life as a sign that the overall importance of family as a social institution is eroding The Waning Institutional Influence of Family o Can measure the strength of family as an institution not just in terms of how well it performs  important social functions, but by the strength of the hold it has over its individual members o Individuals have become increasingly more autonomous, less bound by their sense of  o Steady erosion of the belief in mutual assistance among family members, of family loyalty,  o o The “Fall” of marriage satisfying lives, and face lower risks of dying at any point Factors affecting the drop in marriages: delaying of 1 st  marriage until older ages,  who simply choose to remain single Increase in unmarried cohabitation lower for working married couples than for 2 singles Domestic partnership policies of private companies, cities, or even states, may deter  marriage if couples believe they can gain same benefits whether married or not Increasing number of women who are bearing children while unmarried o Changing Family Roles career achievement Families in which both parents work can experience conflict over the balance  Latchkey children- those unsupervised by adults after school is out for the day, suffer  o Declining Importance of children them o Burgeoning Rates of Divorce & Single Parent Families
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Reasons for high divorce rate are: higher expectations for marriage, a reduction in 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2010 for the course SOC 356 taught by Professor Asd during the Spring '07 term at Bryant.

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