Blog 3: Family dynamics changing in 21st century
Published 11:01 pm CT Nov 14, 2017 / Updated 12:38 pm CT Nov 14, 2017
Q: What are the changes in 21st century families?
A: The information in this article is from the New York Times. The Times article is titled “The Changing American Family.” Researchers who study the evolution of the family are astonished at how fast the family has changed, often surpassing the predictions of these same researchers.
Andrew J. Cherlin, professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University, states we now have complex families on a scale never seen before. However, Cherlin believes society and families still are undergoing changes and will continue to experience rapid changes.
Researchers who study survey, census and historical data, and conduct field studies of home life, have pinpointed important emerging themes. First, researchers, state families are becoming increasingly socially egalitarian, even though economic disparities widen. Families are more racially, ethnically, religiously diverse than even a half year ago.
Couples cross racial lines, religious differences, gender lines and political party lines. People not biologically related share medical directives, wills and legal adoptions. Single adults live alone and consider themselves a family of one.
Research shows adult singles are more apt than married couples to stay in contact with friends, siblings, parents and neighbors. This is the conclusion of Bella DePaulo, author of “Single Outs.”
Stephanie Coontz, social historian at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, states there are not just more types of living arrangements and families today. Most people will move through different stages of living arrangements over their respective lifetimes.
The historical family of stable married parents living with their children is present in the educated elite but not in the population-at-large. Today, society is divided into haves and have-nots and I do’s and I do nots. Coontz states those in good marriages would not want any other living arrangement. But those persons who would benefit the most from stable marriages are those least likely to have resources to sustain stable marriages.
Americans continue to believe in the value of marriage and the family. Our society marries, divorces, remarries at rates faster than anywhere else in the world. Americans spend $70 billion on weddings a year. In an informal sample of 5 percent Americans with different ages, professions and hometowns, they were asked what came to mind first when they heard the word “family.” Answers were essentially the same: “Love. Kids. Mom. Dinner.” (…)
READ MORE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE THAT SHOWS A RESEARCH ABOUT THE CHANGES IN THE FAMILIES IN THE U.S. SOCIETY . CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE, THEN, ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
1 Do you think society has changed in the way it views the family or whether it considers strong family ties important? Explain your answer. 2 Do you think only children have different personalities than kids with siblings? Give an example. 3 Would you like for stay-at-home dads to become more common in the future? Why? Or Why not? Write your comments!!