VITZ Looking back on extensive documentation on the decline of the family in America, it is apparent that by far the single most important factor in the many social problems presently confronting us is the failure of fathers, the fact that men have abandoned their role in the family. Paul Vitz This paper summarizes recent research primarily on the American family in such a way as to highlight the serious family decline of the last few decades. The research itself is not mine, nor is most of the interpretation.
At the same time, the number of family households with children younger than 18 years has decreased: While children lived in more than half of American family households in the Seventies, this amount has decreased to just over 40 percent inreflecting the steady decline of the birth rate in the United States and maybe even economic conditions.
The traditional composition of the family seems no longer prevalent, a theory supported by the rising number of children living with a single parentand the divorce rate in the United States.
Interestingly enough, the number of married couples in the United States has been slightly increasing over the last forty years. However, less conventional family constellations and more liberal ways of life are on the rise; in addition to a decreasing number of "traditional" households, a majority of Americans think same-sex marriage should be recognized by law, and homosexual couples should also have the right to adopt a childfor example.
As for family values, the younger generations seem to welcome the abandonment of traditional roles of husbands and wives, since the increasing number of unmarried parents is widely accepted nowadays.
At the same time, the concept of traditional marriage seems to be less appealing, with the marriage rate in the U.
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Due to varying update cycles, statistics can display more up-to-date data than referenced in the text.As for family values, the younger generations seem to welcome the abandonment of traditional roles of husbands and wives, since the increasing number of unmarried parents is widely accepted nowadays.
May 14, · But since , the most dramatic drop in family stability, Andrew Cherlin argues in his new book, Labor’s Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America, has taken place among the high-school-educated.
At a time when the income of American families is declining, this makes some sense. Materialism can be alluring, but mere consumption alone is unsatisfying: Our possessions do not make us human. The American struggle to acquire and consume more is not new. It is a more fundamental hope that is challenged today.
The recession of values in American families is tearing the nation apart and causing the newer generations of people to be worse than the next. It affects the country as a whole. For example, if trust declines then so does the economy. The decline in children living in two-parent families has been offset by an almost threefold increase in those living with just one parent—typically the mother.
Fully one-fourth (26%) of children younger than age 18 are now living with a single parent, up from just 9% in and 22% in Indeed, the family, not schools, is where children should learn self-government, basic moral values and the beliefs that determine the future of democratic institutions.