What Is Family? How Does It Affect Society?

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What is family? Better yet, how does it affect society? Think about if you asked a random group of people what "family" means to them. It is likely that their responses would all differentiate somehow. The concept of what a family is has evolved into various forms, and is continuing to change each day. The nuclear family, which Essentials of Sociology claims to consist "of an adult or adult couple and their dependent children," is no longer the norm of our country. Rather, the growing acceptance of diverse couples with blends of race, gender, and age, have contributed to the blurry foundation of what "family" really is. Some people may associate family with single motherhood, single fatherhood, or maybe no mother or father. They may have…show more content…
They are able to compare different styles of marriage, such as married-couple or single households. On page seventeen of the report, it states that the poverty of married-couple families are continuing to decrease, from 6.2 percent in 2014, to 5.4 percent in 2015. As for single motherhood homes, the percentage was 28.2 percent in 2015, which decreased from 30.6 percent in 2014. Also, for the single parent homes with fathers, "neither the poverty rate nor the number in poverty showed any statistical change between 2014 and 2015." The number was around 14.9 percent, which is still substantially higher than that of the married-couple homes. These numbers reveal not only the different styles of families, but also their impact economically. The families that were married-couples were able to steer away from poverty better than that of a single-parent home, both with only the father or mother. Since the government collects this data, they can assess the margins for government assistance, such as welfare. They put together specific requirements one must have to qualify, to make sure that the people who actually need the help will receive it. There are loopholes in the system, but the utter fact that the government has these programs is beneficial to society because they are able to support people that were born into families that did not provide the necessary things of support and encouragement.
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