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HDF 212 Lecture 2 notes

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These notes cover the second class lecture on Wednesday 9/7/16
Families in Cultural Perspective
Polly Pritchard
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Date Created: 09/07/16
Lecture 2 Notes 9/7/16 Definitions: Behavior­ a persons actions or conduct Beliefs­ something accepted as true by and individual or group Culture­ the way of life shared by a group of people Traditions­ a system of beliefs, values, and practices, passed down to people through the people who come before them Values­ principles or standards considered worthwhile or desirable “Household” is defined by the U.S. Census as:  A family or non­family o Family­ two or more people are living together and related through marriage,  birth, or adoption  o Nonfamily­ people who live alone or with non­relatives   Including cohabitating couples Trends in Household Type  1970­ 19% of all households were nonfamily  2010­ 33.6% of all households were nonfamily  possible causes: economy, divorce, teen pregnancy, increase in cohabitating couples, post high school education, homosexual couples Historically  varying research on the nuclear family o (two hetero parents with kids that are biologically both of theirs)  separation o war, work, divorce  single parent household o better modern medicine to reduce widowed parents  roles of women and children are changing o men's role change­ more involved in child rearing Why do so many people still believe in the Traditional Nuclear Family?  History is complicated  We are nostalgic and remember our childhood through a different lens o Idealizing the past Trends in Changing Family  Birthrates have declined in America o Women have fewer children o Children are closer together in age o Women finish child rearing at an early age  Americans are living together  o They might be faced with caring for children and aging parents at the same time   Sandwich generation o Larger number of cohabitating couples o Step families are more common than ever  About 1/3 of Americans are part of a step family  o One parent families are very common   Many are due to unmarried women have children  o The number of children living with never­married parents rose from 4% in 1960  to 42% in 2000


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