1004.Chap.10 - Chapter 10, The Family Definition of Family...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 10, The Family Definition of Family in Textbook Traditionally defined as a social group whose members are related by ancestry, marriage, or adoption who live together, cooperate economically,and care for the young. One alternate definition An adult male and female and their offspring living together in a more or less permanent relationship approved by their society as marriage. Family forms that dont fit these definitions Blended families (stepfamilies) Single-parent families Polygamy Mothers Day The traditional family is less common Changes in family structure Diversity in families Functions of the Family 1. Reproduction 2. Socialization 3. Care, protection, emotional support 4. Assignment of social status 5. Regulation of sexual behavior Cohabitation has become common 1970: 500,000 unmarried, heterosexual couples 2000: 5 million unmarried, heterosexual couples Percent of unmarried people cohabiting (1992-1994) Cohabitation patterns Newly-weds are increasingly likely to have cohabited Marriage year % cohab 1965-1974 10% 1990-1994 >50% Cohabitation is usually a short-term arrangement Within 5 years, 55% marry 40% split up Cohabitation Doesnt Mean Childless Marriage status % with kids of cohabiters in household Divorced 50% Never married 35% Many non-marital births occur in cohabiting households How many? 40 percent How are cohabiters different from...
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1004.Chap.10 - Chapter 10, The Family Definition of Family...

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