Focus on the Family: forcing religion Homeless number Familyfacts.org: benefits of marriage. o makes it look a lot better than what they really were. o Selective on what to include from Cherlin’s study. Question the facts ° ° Regnerus Study Found young adults that had same-sex parent marriage parents (unstable) and compared them to traditional marriage families (stable) Controversial, yes! o The data was skewed and stacked before the survey even started ° ° 8-28 Discussion Questions- Cowan ° 1. Cowan urges us, like Cherlin, to be critical consumers of the research. To evaluate research, we need to understand the differences between causality and correlation. How would you explain these concepts to a friend who is not in this course? ° 2. Cowan discusses problems in the way research is interpreted. What are some of the problems? How might you summarize/ explain these problems in your own words? Because two people say have something in common than it is assumed that A must cause B. You still have to take in consideration other factors °
08/26/2015 ° The History of American Families ° Coontz Early family systems o Native Americans: death to European and livestock, etc. o European Colonists: dominant values of trends and family are linked larger to what the Europeans brought over. o African Americans: slavery Family change accompanying agrarian to industrial economies o Separation of home and work Middle class: Men and children were mainly working outside the home or just the men Lower class: everyone worked but basically to support themselves Agrarian : everyone was working Industrial: men worked and women took care of the home o Reduction of household member to nuclear core Agrarian: everybody in the house including servants, slaves, aunts, uncles, etc. everyone was unified under whoever the household head was Industrial: traditional parents and children in the house. More about love and intimacy and the bonds between parents and children. o Fall in marital fertility Agrarian: the more children the more help you have, the death rate was higher, infant mortality rate was higher Industrial: the more children is more mouths to feed, things are more sanitary and less diseases and life expectancy was up o Children living in parents’ homes longer o Parents living together longer time after children leave Because they are living longer
Life expectancy has increased drastically Family change over time is not simply linear o Late 1800-1890’s the government said you need to have a legal marriage, you can’t just live together o Started outlawing interracial marriage and homosexual marriage o 1920’s- a lot of worry about the family and chaos surrounding the family because many women were working and not having as many children, etc. o the 50’s are not how it’s always been! The marrying age of men and women were higher and then lowered and now it closer to the 30’s o baby booming period fertility rate is almost the same as it was in the 1910.
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