Families - IV.NewFamiliesandOld I. The nuclear family...

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IV. New Families and Old I. The nuclear family (father, mother, children) suffered heavy blows in modern America o by the 1990s, one out of every two marriages ended in divorce o 7 times more children were affected by divorce compared to the beginning of the decade o Kids who commuting between parents was common II. Traditional families weren’t just falling apart at an alarming rate, but were also increasingly slow to form in the first place. o The proportion of adults living alone tripled in the 4 decades after 1950s o In 1990s, 1/3 of women age 25 - 29 had never married o Every fourth child in US was grew up in a household that lacked two parents III. The main result of this decline in marriage was the pauperization (impoverishing) of many women and children. IV. Child raising, the primary reason of a family, was being pawned off to day-care centers, school, or TV (electronic babysitter) V. Viable families now assumed a variety of different forms o Kids in households were raised by a single parent, stepparent, or grandparent, and even kids with gay parents encountered a degree of acceptance that would have been unimaginable a century earlier. o Gay marriage was sustained as taboo by the large majority of Americans and teenage pregnancy was on a decline after the mid-1900s. VI. Families weren’t evaporating, but were altering into much different forms. V. The Aging of America I. Old age was expected, due to the fact that Americans were living longer than ever before o People born in 2000 could anticipate living to an average 70 years thanks to miraculous medical advances that lengthened and strengthened lives. II. Longer lives meant more a greater population o 1 American in 8 was over 65 years of age in 2000 III. This aging of population raised a slew of economic, social, and political questions o The elderly formed a potent electoral bloc that aggressively lobbied for governmentt favors and achieved real gains for senior citizens o The share of GNP spent on health care for people over 65 more than doubled o More payments to health care conceivably hurt education, thus making social and economic
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