The Age of Independence

Interracial Unions, Same-sex Unions, and the Changing American Family

Author: Michael J. Rosenfeld

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674024977

Category: History

Page: 264

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Michael Rosenfeld offers a new theory of family dynamics to account for the interesting and startling changes in marriage and family composition in the United States in recent years. His argument revolves around the independent life stage that emerged around 1960. This stage is experienced by young adults after they leave their parents' homes but before they settle down to start their own families. During this time, young men and women go away to college, travel abroad, begin careers, and enjoy social independence. This independent life stage has reduced parental control over the dating practices and mate selection of their children and has resulted in a sharp rise in interracial and same-sex unions--unions that were more easily averted by previous generations of parents. Complementing analysis of newly available census data from the entire twentieth century with in-depth interviews that explore the histories of families and couples, Rosenfeld proposes a conceptual model to explain many social changes that may seem unrelated but that flow from the same underlying logic. He shows, for example, that the more a relationship is transgressive of conventional morality, the more likely it is for the individuals to live away from their family and area of origin.

The Changing American family

sociological and demographic perspectives

Author: Scott J. South,State University of New York at Albany. Dept. of Sociology

Publisher: Westview Pr


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

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Student Achievement and the Changing American Family

Author: David Waltz Grissmer

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

ISBN: 9780833016164

Category: Education

Page: 131

View: 7210


There is a considerable debate about the direction and causes of change in U.S. student performance over the last 25 years. This study (1) estimates the net effect of changing family characteristics and demographics on aptitude scores and (2) compares the expected changes to actual changes to estimate the effects of factors unrelated to family. The conclusions undercut the conventional wisdom about failing schools, deteriorating families, and ineffective public investments and policies. The study estimates that changing family characteristics would boost scores by about 7 percentile points. These gains come primarily from higher parental education and smaller family size, which translates into more resources per child. For non-Hispanic white students, the actual gains in scores were approximately the same as expected from family changes. However, black and Hispanic students made far larger gains than non-Hispanic white students, and only about one-third of the gains could be explained by changing family characteristics. These large unexplained gains for minority students may be evidence that additional public investment in schools and social programs and equal educational opportunity policies have had marked benefits. The authors caution that the results should not be interpreted to mean that conditions have improved for every student, family or school, only that averaging across all 14-18-year-old students over the last 20 years indicates a positive change.

Our Fathers, Ourselves

Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family

Author: Peggy Drexler

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609614046

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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There's no denying that a woman's relationship with her father is one of the most important in her life. And there's also no getting around how the quality of that relationship—good, bad, or otherwise—profoundly affects daughters in a multitude of ways. In Our Fathers, Ourselves, research psychologist, author and scholar Dr. Peggy Drexler examines the ways in which the father-daughter bond impacts women and offers helpful advice for creating a better, stronger, more rewarding relationship. Through her extensive research and interviews with women, Dr. Drexler paints an intimate, timely portrait of the modern father-daughter relationship. Women today are increasingly looking to their dads for a less-than-traditional bond, but one that still stands the test of time and provides support, respect, and guidance for the lives they lead today. Our Fathers, Ourselves is essential reading for any woman who has ever wondered how she could forge a closer connection with and gain a deeper understanding of her father.

The Changing Rhythms of American Family Life

Author: Suzanne M. Bianchi,John P. Robinson,Melissa A. Milke

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 161044051X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Over the last forty years, the number of American households with a stay-at-home parent has dwindled as women have increasingly joined the paid workforce and more women raise children alone. Many policy makers feared these changes would come at the expense of time mothers spend with their children. In Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, sociologists Suzanne M. Bianchi, John P. Robinson, and Melissa Milkie analyze the way families spend their time and uncover surprising new findings about how Americans are balancing the demands of work and family. Using time diary data from surveys of American parents over the last four decades, Changing Rhythms of American Family Life finds that—despite increased workloads outside of the home—mothers today spend at least as much time interacting with their children as mothers did decades ago—and perhaps even more. Unexpectedly, the authors find mothers' time at work has not resulted in an overall decline in sleep or leisure time. Rather, mothers have made time for both work and family by sacrificing time spent doing housework and by increased "multitasking." Changing Rhythms of American Family Life finds that the total workload (in and out of the home) for employed parents is high for both sexes, with employed mothers averaging five hours more per week than employed fathers and almost nineteen hours more per week than homemaker mothers. Comparing average workloads of fathers with all mothers—both those in the paid workforce and homemakers—the authors find that there is gender equality in total workloads, as there has been since 1965. Overall, it appears that Americans have adapted to changing circumstances to ensure that they preserve their family time and provide adequately for their children. Changing Rhythms of American Family Life explodes many of the popular misconceptions about how Americans balance work and family. Though the iconic image of the American mother has changed from a docile homemaker to a frenzied, sleepless working mom, this important new volume demonstrates that the time mothers spend with their families has remained steady throughout the decades.

Continuity and Change in the American Family

Author: Lynne M. Casper,Suzanne M. Bianchi

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9780761920083

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 370

View: 7940


This book provides readers with a comprehensive description of the social demography of the American family. Looking at family continuity and change in the latter half of the 20th century, this book explores such topics as the growth in cohabitation and changes in childbearing and how these trends affect family life. Other topics include the changing lives of single mothers, fathers, and grandparents and increasing economic disparities among families; childcare and child well being; and combining paid work and family.

The American Family

Understanding Its Changing Dynamics and Place in Society

Author: Dennis Wiseman

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398078351

Category: Families

Page: 160

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The American Family has undergone and continues to undergo significant change as the twentieth century unfolds. This book of readings from a group of dedicated faculty at one university makes an important contribution to the study of family. The text explores the changing dynamics of the American family, the family and family values, the family and its influence on the health of children, adoption and family formation, justice in the family, grandparents and the family, the family's role in education of young children, psychological perspectives of childrearing in the United States, family policy and the U.S. welfare state, and oral narrative and family roles. These discussions represent valuable ideas and perspectives as contributions to this dynamic field of study. The reader will not only develop a deeper understanding of the American family in the historical sense, but also as it has evolved and continues to evolve in modern times. The cross-disciplinary nature of the text is a strength of this study of the family as it allows for the bringing together of different viewpoints of benefit to professionals, students, and lay-individuals alike. This exceptional text offers remarkable perspective so that the American family may be better understood and, in many ways, better appreciated for its historic, present-day, and no doubt future impact on the American society.

Changing American Families

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467263230

Category: Education

Page: 57

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Facts101 is your complete guide to Changing American Families. In this book, you will learn topics such as A History of U.S. Families with a Focus on African Americans, Families and the Economic System, Families and the Organization of Race Ethnicity, Class, and Gender, and Work and Family plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class

Reports from the Field

Author: Elizabeth Rudd,Lara Descartes

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 146163430X

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class explores the dynamics of the modern American family and how they have adapted to the changing economy and culture. Contributors from a variety of disciplines redefine the concept of the "model American family" and provide well-researched insight into what the new standards for judging family life and its functionality will be.

Insightful Writing: A Process Rhetoric with Readings

A Process Rhetoric With Readings

Author: David Sabrio,Mitchell Burchfield

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0618870261

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

View: 4204


Insightful Writing uses a process approach to teach and help students firmly grasp the writing process. The authors' holistic approach to writing is designed for instructors whose students need help learning to fully develop and connect complex ideas. Rea

Family Therapy and Chronic Illness

Author: N.A

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412850207

Category: Social Science

Page: 211

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Treatment for the chronically ill has traditionally focused on physical factors and symptoms, despite the fact that chronic illness also affects life in an emotional and spiritual way. The approach toward treatment described in this volume addresses all aspects of a patient's life, including their interpersonal experiences and relationships, presenting family therapists and family physicians as part of the same treatment team. This volume thus provides a foundation for understanding the role illness plays in family systems. The meaning an individual gives to an illness is profoundly influenced by and influences that person's social world. In turn, social culture and social networks both shape and are shaped by the individual's experiences. Exploring how the meaning of chronic illness is defined tells us much about the individual's interpersonal relations and the resultant meaning given to the person's illness. As a consequence, family therapy must be an integral part of the treatment plan for chronically ill patients . Family Therapy and Chronic Illness approaches chronic illness from a leading-edge perspective. This approach enables therapists to listen attentively to complicated narratives. Because these stories, feelings, and emotions are difficult to describe, the clients have demanding "telling" tasks while therapists have demanding "listening" tasks. This book sends an important message not just about the chronically ill, but also about their families, therapists, and doctors, and how they can work together to develop the best treatment plan possible. Joan D. Atwood is the director and founder of Marriage and Family Therapists of New York and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Hofstra University. Concetta Gallo is an associate in the Office of Higher Education at the New York State Education Department in New York City.

Statistical Handbook on the American Family

Author: Bruce A. Chadwick,Tim B. Heaton

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781573561693

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 326

View: 2183


Collects statistical charts and tables dealing with marriage, family life, divorce, children, sexual attitudes and behavior, living arrangements, working parents, family violence, and the elderly

Changing American Families

Author: Judy Aulette Root,Judy Root Aulette

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205343157

Category: Social Science

Page: 466

View: 8841


A one of a kind text that examines family life in the United States from colonial times to modern day, and provides a distinctly feminist perspective focusing on gender inequality during this period. Each chapter contains a three-part format that cover the key issues related to the topic, theoretical debates that exist within the field, and human agency and social movements that include the actions people have taken to cope with, resist, or change specific family problems. How to study families in the twenty-first century; a history of U.S. families with a focus on Euro-American and African-American families; Families and the economic system; the organization of race, class and gender; work and the family, love and sex; marriage; divorce; battering and marital rape are all covered. For anyone interested in studying family issues and concerns. Family Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers and others who search for better understanding of the complexities of family dynamics.