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Unformatted text preview: Family Studies Defining Family • Changing demographics o Fewer people are currently married 85% will get married o People are postponing marriage People older at 1 st marriage 1970: women- 21 men- 24 2005- women- 26 men- 27 o Cohabitation more common From 1990-2000 72 % increase Precedes 50 % of 1 st marriages • Postponing having kids and less kids • Older children living with parents • Child birth outside of marriage • Postponing getting married • Divorce • Nuclear Family o Husband (works), wife (homemaker), children in one household Only 7% fit that group Traditional is hard to define what a perfect family is • U.S. Census Bureau o Group of 2 of more persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption and residing together Leaves out- cohabiting couples, extended family, foster families, commuter couples, fictive kin (just like family) not related, transitional family (different countries) • The definition of family in the textbook o Any sexually expressive or parent-child or other kin relationship in which people live together with a commitment in an intimate interpersonal relationship; family members see their identity as importantly attached to the group, which has an identity of its own. Families today take several forms single-parent, remarried, dual-career, communal, homosexual, traditional, and so forth • The freedom and pressures of choosing o The best personal decisions are made knowledgeably (aware of all decisions and consequences) Factors that influence • Social pressures/ norms (divorce, early marriage) • Beliefs and values (religion, friends, culture) o Marriage decisions by default Not aware of all options and alternatives Choose easiest option (who to date/marry) • Families on TV o Late 1950 early 60s- suburban domestic comedy Leave is to beaver, father knows best, donna reed show o 1960s Three sons, Julia o 1960s-1970s- step families Brady Bunch o 1970s- portrayal of family life more diverse All in family, Jefferson’s, Maude, Good times o 1970-1980s One day at a time, Kate and Allie o 1980s- wealthy dysfunctional families Dallas, Cosby show, dynasty o 1980-1990- parodies of family life Married with children, Simpsons, 7 th heaven, Rosanne, Everybody loves Raymond o 2000s- groundbreaking diversity Bernie Mac show, George Lopez Family Decline of Family Change • Decline: o Decrease in “traditional nuclear family” bad o Heterosexual marriage is necessary for child socialization o People too individualistic (own needs before rest of family: what’s good for the family) • Change and adaption o Many family structures capable of child socialization o Need to focus on family possesses, not structure o Culture of rapid change Divorce isn’t necessarily bad • Do you lean more towards decline perspective or change/adaption perspective?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course FSW 261 taught by Professor Newlin during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.
- Spring '08