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HDFS 202: Week 1 Lecture Notes

by: Heather Cronin

HDFS 202: Week 1 Lecture Notes HDFS202010

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Complete outline of all lecture material presented in week 1 of HDFS 202. Important information is bolded for your convenience.
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Date Created: 09/03/16
08/30/2016—09/02/2016 HDFS 202: Diversity and Families Week 1 Lecture Notes  What is Family? o Different meanings to different people or groups  Official U.S. census definition: two or more persons related by blood,  marriage, or adoption  Household: all persons (1+) who occupy a dwelling such as a  house  Informal definition: a group of people who love and care for each other o Typically viewed as a symbol of decency o The concept of family is changing  Traditional concept: love, permanence, children, sexually exclusive,  homemakers, intergenerational continuity  In the U.S., the “typical family” was viewed as two parents with  the husband employed outside of home while the mother takes care of children  Modern concept: more diversity, looser definitions based more on  emotion than blood/legal relation  Media today displays different family structures o Ex. Full House, Malcolm in the Middle, Modern Family,  Drake and Josh  Examples of modern family structures o Female­headed households are extremely common o A married couple with children is much less common than  it is portrayed to be o Step­families are prevalent o Couples cohabitate but do not marry o On the rise: single dads and grandparents living in the  household and/or raising grandchildren  Two views on the changing concept of family  Pessimistic: families are falling apart; we need to go back to the  “old ways”  Optimistic: families are changing and becoming stronger; more  supportive; egalitarian; socializing individuals for the real,  08/30/2016—09/02/2016 complex world; more self­realization and autonomy; greater  closeness among members


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