Pros And Cons Of Traditional Families In The United States

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A traditional family is similar to the nuclear family and the text uses them synonymously in chapter 12. The text states that a nuclear family is a “familial form consisting of a father, a mother and their children.” In a 1950’s family a mother would stay at home with the children doing the cooking and the cleaning and the father would be the “breadwinner” and go to work to support the family. “In the 1950’s, 86 percent of children lived in two-parent families, and 60 percent of children were born into homes with a male breadwinner and a female homemaker.” In some states it was still illegal for interracial marriages as well. So the traditional or nuclear family would be either all white or all black. This was occurring in other countries …show more content…

Although slavery was abolished in 1865, racism was still a very large issue in the United States, with new segregation laws being made in different states. The traditional family as seen in the 1950’s in the United States is much different than what we see today. Today there are interracial marriages, families without kids, families with many children, adopted children and same sex marriages with adopted children. Today many families have both parents working in order to make a living. The cost of life is definitely up and now both parents need to work. “Family life is changing. Two-parent households are on the decline in the United States as divorce, remarriage and cohabitation are on the rise.” Due to the rise in divorce many children grow up in different living situations based on where a court tells them they will have to live; usually either the father or mother. The divorced parents may remarry as well, so the children may grow up with new people as well in that situation. “One study found that over a three-year period, about three-in-ten (31%) children younger than 6 had experienced a major change in their family or household structure, in the form of parental divorce, separation, marriage, cohabitation or death.” The family structure in the United States has changed

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