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The 1990's Family
Transcript of The 1990's Family
Popular sitcoms depicted a myraid of different American family structures throughtout the years
Same sex parent
Toys of the 90's
The Roots of it All: An Introduction
Leave it to Beaver (19957-1963)
The Andy Grifith Show (1960-1968)
The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
The Jeffersons (1975-1985)
Who's the Boss (1984-1992)
Psychology of the New Family
Divorce in the U.S.
Consequences of Divorce:
• Nuclear Family
• Intact Family
• Blended Families
• Single Parent Families
• Those who never married (cohabitate, with or without children)
The "New" Family
making toys marketable toward children and parents
$13.4 billion estimated in toy sales for 1990
"children under eleven spend an estimated $5 billion annually on themsevles, and influence another $50 billion in family purchases" (Stem and Schoenhaus 1990, p. 38)
push children to develop outside of family circle
"today's children own, on average, more toys than children in earlier generations" (Best)
low cost toys and consumer society is justifying more toys
Different types of families:
Those who never married (cohabitate, with or without children)
Symptoms of Divorce
child’s difficulty with school
Anger, aggression, hostility, and hate toward the parents
A fall in academic achievements
Fear- use of weapon, threat of suicide
Types and Impact of Custody Decisions
Joint Custody is best in most situations of divorce
Adjustment Problems with Children:
Both Boys & Girls:
struggle with living with the parent of the opposite sex
different experiences by age
loss of income: frequent moving from one place to another, inadequate schools, high crime, delinquency
Other Repercusions of Divorce
Effects of Divorce on Adults:
affects on children
custodial father causes difficulty in these households
Fathers: Single, Divorced, Non-Residential
involvement in life of children
enforce discipline and follow the rules set down by the custodial parent
Relationships within the Blended Family
introduction of the blended families
Suggestions for New Therapeutic Interventions:
losing the word "dysfunctional"
who should be involved
possible solutions in custody troubles
From a Child's Point of View
As the family structure breaks down, so does the income of the family unit.
have a higher income, usually a two income household
when parents remarry they bring in a stable income
those who are cohabitating:
may not be sharing their income together
those who are divorced or separated:
make a lower income as they are learning to be more independent
single families (especially mothers)
: struggle to make ends meet without a second income of the spouse
Factors that increase crime: poverty, single-parent (single-mother) homes, lack of supervision, low socioeconomic status, high crime rates where they live, peer pressure for adolescents
THe differences in incomes, whether it be multi-income households or single-parent homes or those who never marry, there is an increase in poverty as the family unit is broken down.
Divorce in the U.S.
Family Structure Cont.
Family Structure Cont.
Teenage Mutant Nija Turtles
American Dream Shifiting through time
1960s-1970s Civil Rights
Women working to 1950s housewife
Strengthen nuclear family
War on Poverty
Conservative movement review of the past
Rise of the bastard child
No more nuclear family
Two parent family
stay at home mother
progress to career
Large extneded family living in one household
Brother in Law
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Wealthy African-American family
Two daughters and two sons
Will smith (Family Cousin)
Poor youth living in Philadelphia
Boy Meets World
Two sons and a daughter
Male best friend
Impact of Sitcoms
Changing gender roles
Same sex parents
Disolution of some stereotypes
Discussion Question # 1
How would you describe the make-up of your family? Does it contain those who are not biologically related? Does it contain friends?
Would the toys you had as a child affect what you buy your children in the future?
Do you feel the 1950s families and the 90s families were simliar?
Did sitcoms in the 1990's create an accurate depiction of differnt kinds of families?
Where do you think the
idea of family is headed
in the future?