SOC 344 PERSPECTIVES F 08

Women in the labor force the number of married women

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Women in the labor force : the number of married women in the labor force doubled between 1930 and 1980 but quadrupled between 1900 and 1904 . But the mother who works outside the home is not a new phenomenon. Mothers sold dairy products and woven goods during colonial times, took in boarders around the turn of the twentieth century, and held industrial jobs during World War II. Family problems : family problems such as desertion, out-of- wedlock birth, single-parent families, and child abuse have always existed. Family literature published in the 1930s, for example, included studies that dealt with such issues as divorce, desertion, and family crises due to discord, delinquency, and depression.
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Divorce : there is no question, however, that a greater proportion of people divorce today than in the past and that more early marriages are ending in divorce and, as a result, many singles to postpone marriage until they are older, more mature and have stable careers. Family strength : Families are changing but are also remarkably resilient, despite numerous adversities. They cope with everyday stresses and protect their most vulnerable members: the young, old, ill, or disabled. They overcome financial hardships. They handle everyday conflict and tension as children make a bumpy transition to adolescence and then to early adulthood. Economic stress : most poor families have stable and loving relationships despite constant worries and harsh economic environments. Discrimination : in spite of prejudice and discrimination, many gay and lesbian families are also resilient and resourceful in developing successful family relationships.
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3. The Family Is Stronger than Ever The modern family : more loving than in the past. Consider the treatment of women and children in colonial days: If they disobeyed strict male authority, they were often severely punished. And, in contrast to some of our sentimental notions, only a small number of white, middle- class families enjoyed a life that was both gentle and genteel. Multigenerational relationships : the recent growth of the older segment of the population has produced four-generation families so that many people have living grandparents, feel closer to them, and often receive both emotional and economic support from these family members as well as more children and grandchildren grow up knowing and enjoying their older relatives. Family equality : families have more equitable roles at home and are more tolerant of diverse family forms (such as single-parent homes, unmarried couple homes, and families with adopted children). Family commitment : most Americans believe that marriage is a lifetime commitment that should end only under extreme circumstances, such as domestic violence.
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