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Chapter 12. Marriage and Alternative Family Arrangements. Chapter Outline. The Nature of Family Life Defining Marriage The Transformation of the Family Family Diversity The Future: Bright or Dismal?. Changes in the American Family Since 1970. The marriage rate has fallen more than 40%.

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chapter 12

Chapter 12

Marriage and Alternative Family Arrangements

chapter outline
Chapter Outline
  • The Nature of Family Life
  • Defining Marriage
  • The Transformation of the Family
  • Family Diversity
  • The Future: Bright or Dismal?
changes in the american family since 1970
Changes in the American Family Since 1970
  • The marriage rate has fallen more than 40%.
  • When men and women marry today they are on average 4 years older than in 1970.
  • The number of single-parent households has more than doubled.
  • The proportion of those who have not married by age 35 has tripled for both men and women.
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Changes in the American Family Since 1970
  • Women are nearly twice as likely to be divorced as in 1970.
  • The divorce rate has increased by nearly 40%.
  • Unmarried-couple households have increased nearly fivefold.
  • Half of all children are expected to spend some part of their childhood in a single-parent home.
functions of the family
Functions of the Family
  • Patterning reproduction
  • Organizing production and consumption
  • Socializing children
  • Providing care and protection
  • Providing social status
  • Most of the important decisions in the life of the family should be made by the man of the house.
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      • Unsure
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      • Strongly disagree
family structures
Family Structures
  • The nuclear family is the most basic family form and is made up of a married couple and their biological or adopted children.
  • The nuclear family is found in all societies, and it is from this form that all other (composite) family forms are derived.
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Family Structures
  • Polygamous families are nuclear families linked together by multiple marriage bonds, with one central married to several spouses.
  • The family is polygynous when the central person is male and the multiple spouses are female.
  • The family is polyandrous when the central person is female and the multiple spouses are male.
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Family Structures
  • In extended families, along with married parents and their offspring, there may be the parents’ parents, siblings of the parents, the siblings’ spouses and children, and in-laws.
  • All the members of the extended family live in one house or in homes close to one another, forming one cooperative unit.
  • Marriage, an institution found in all societies, is the socially recognized, legitimized, and supported union of individuals of opposite sexes.
choosing a marriage partner
Choosing a Marriage Partner
  • Rules of endogamyLimit the social categories from within which one can choose a marriage partner.
  • Rules of exogamyRequire an individual to marry someone outside his or her culturally defined group.
  • How marriage differs from other unions:
    • Takes place in a public manner.
    • Includes sexual intercourse as an explicit element of the relationship.
    • Provides the essential condition for legitimizing offspring.
    • Is intended to be a stable and enduring relationship.
  • The government should recognize homosexual marriages under the law with the same privileges as heterosexual marriages.
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nuclear family characteristics
Nuclear Family: Characteristics
  • Child-centered family.
  • Marriage based on romantic love.
  • Increased equality for women.
  • Decreased links with extended families or kinship networks.
  • Increased geographical and social mobility.
  • Clear separation between work and leisure.
the transformation of the family
The Transformation of the Family
  • Most scholars agree that the Industrial Revolution had a strong impact on the family.
    • Industrialism demands that workers be geographically mobile so that a workforce is available wherever new industries are built.
    • Industrialism requires a certain degree of social mobility.
    • The modern nuclear family allows for inheritance and descent through both sides of the family.
decline of the traditional family
Decline of the Traditional Family
  • Between 1990 and 2000, percentage of married couples with children fell from 26% to 24%.
  • Proportion of families headed by married couples fell from 76% in 1990 to 72% in 2000.
  • Since the 1950s, traditional families have become increasingly rare.
  • Increased dramatically in the past 20 years and is having a significant impact on the family.
  • In 1988, fewer than one in five married Americans said they lived with their spouse before marriage.
family violence
Family Violence
  • 30% of adults who were abused as children are abusive to their own children.
  • 22% of American women report having been physically abused by their spouses or companions.
  • 1 in 5 of these women report that the abuse took place in the previous year.
divorce factors education
Divorce Factors: Education
  • The likelihood of a first marriage ending in divorce is 60% for people with some college education.
  • Those who have a college degree have nearly a 40% chance of divorce and are the least divorce-prone.
  • Approximately 53% of women who have gone on to graduate school will divorce.
  • The strength of the American family is declining.
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      • Unsure
      • Disagree somewhat
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marriage and divorce quiz
Marriage and Divorce Quiz
  • One of the reasons there is more divorce today than in the past is because people live longer and there is more time to get divorced.
    • False. Even though people live longer, they also marry later than in the past.
  • Living together before marriage increases your chance of divorce.
    • True.
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Marriage and Divorce Quiz
  • An unmarried woman is more likely to experienced domestic violence than a married woman.
    • True.
  • Now that people are more likely to divorce, those that stay married are happier than when people stayed married because of the stigma against divorce.
    • False.Studies show that the general level of marital satisfaction has not increased.
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Marriage and Divorce Quiz
  • Second marriages are more successful than first marriages because people learn from their mistakes.
    • False. The divorce rate for second marriages is higher than for first marriages.
  • If your parents divorced your chances of divorcing are increased.
    • True.
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Marriage and Divorce Quiz
  • Women are more likely than men to be the ones who initiate a divorce.
    • True.
  • Teenage marriages are fairly successful if they can get through the first year.
    • False.Marrying in your teens increase the likelihood of divorce two to three times over that of couples in their twenties and older.
remarriage and stepfamilies
Remarriage and Stepfamilies
  • The United States has the highest incidence of stepfamilies in the world.
  • 17% of married couple households involve a stepparent.
  • 54% of divorced women and 62% of men divorced men remarry within five years.
reluctant to marry the men who want to stay single
Reluctant to Marry: The Men Who Want to Stay Single
  • Compared to men who marry earlier these men are more likely to:
    • Worry about the risks of divorce.
    • Not want children.
    • Believe women cannot be trusted to tell the truth about past relationships.
    • Think single men have better sex lives than married men.
    • Believe marriage will reduce their personal freedom.
the growing single population
The Growing Single Population
  • In 2000, 61.5% of American men and nearly 58% of American women over the age of 18 were married.
  • In 1970, only 10.5% of the women and 19.1% of the men between the ages of 25 and 39 had never been married.
  • In 2003, 40.3% of women and 54.6% of men that age had never been married.
single parent families
Single-Parent Families
  • In 1960, nearly 1/3 of all single mothers with children under 18 were widows.
  • In the 1970s, most single mothers were divorced or separated.
  • By 1980, only 11% of single mothers were widowed and two-thirds were divorced or separated.
  • By 2000, 40% of single mothers had never been married.
gay and lesbian couples
Gay and Lesbian Couples
  • 5% of gay and 22% of lesbian families include children.
  • Many of these children were part of a mother-father family and continued to live with a parent who transitioned to same-sex relationships.
  • 17% of gays and 29% of lesbians had previously been in a heterosexual marriage.