Sociology - Family Unit

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SOCIOLOGY – FAMILY – STUDY GUIDE Definitions Types of families Alternative to traditional families Family diversity Functions ( beneficial & critical view) Characteristics of lone-parent family Reasons for increase in lone parent families Features of families in contemporary society Reasons for increase in divorce rate Reasons for increase in cohabitation Reasons for increase in birth outside marriage Definitions Family: A group of people consisting of adults and their children, who live with each other. The adults are generally married. Household: One or more people living in the same dwelling. Kin: All the members of your family, including those related by blood, marriage or cohabitation. Types of…show more content…
* The increase in abortion. Reasons for increase in divorce rate * Changes in law has made divorce easier, quicker and cheaper. * Changes in attitudes have meant that divorce has become more socially acceptable. * Changes in social position of the women. * Secularization refers to decline of religion in society. * Media influence. It tends to emphasize the importance of romantic love, which means that people may enter marriage with high expectations. Reasons for cohabitation It has been attributed to the sexual revolution and the availability of birth control, and in our current economy, sharing the bills makes cohabiting appealing. * Sexual revolution. * Availability of birth control. * Current economy (ex: sharing the bills). Reasons for births outside marriage * Growing social acceptance. * Women are far less dependent upon male. * Some pregnancies are simply accidental. QUESTIONS Divorice features in contemporary society Has the number of married people decreased? The number of married people had decreased during the year to reasons like: * Women wanting more education before marriage ( get college degrees ) * Women wanting to put their career in first place before marriage Has re-marriage decreased? Re-marriage have increased, but: * Younger women are more likely to marry again than older women * Men with higher incomes and education are more
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