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Transcript of Family: Sociology
DIVORCE AND FAMILY
What does it mean to be a family?
Family is defined as people related by blood, marriage or adoption
Nuclear family- consists of 2 parents and children
Extended family- consists of 2 or more adult relatives who reside in the same house as you
Households- have a head leader in charge, usually the oldest living there.
Arranged marriages: Parents choose the bride/groom for their children
Polygamy- The practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time
Polygyny- man has several wives
Polyandry- woman had several husbands
There are three main causes of divorce:
1. the age of the people when they married. the later the age upon marriage, the lower the chance of divorce
2. how many years the partners have been married. the longer the marriage, the lower the chance of divorce.
3. the nature and quality of the relationship. the more respect and flexibility exist between the partners, the lower the chance of divorce.
DIVORCE RATE: the number of divorces per year for every thousand members of the population.
Divorce rate doubled from 1960 to 1980 and its declining slowly over the years, but its still too high.
Although the family provides a safe and warm emotional haven it can sometimes cause a hostile environment.
family violence affects all family members.
80% of abuse are toward women
Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
the U.S. has a 29% of reported domestic abuse
followed up by Mexico with a 30%
Korea with 38%
Kenya and Uganda leading with 42%
Blended family is a family formed when at least one of the partners in a marriage has been married before and have children from the past relationship
Single Parent Families
Over one out of four American families is a single-parent family. most of the households are ran by women. Only 10% of children live in a male headed household
Children abandoned by their fathers make up a large part of poor single parent households. african american and latino children are more likely than white children to live with only their mothers due to the high divorce rate
Chances increase that American children will live at least part of their lives in a fatherless home
This video shows how families come together as one
This video shows how even when your family abandons you your friends are always there for a substitute
This video shows how a parent places a positive spot in their kids lives by keeping the peace between them all
Many new patterns of marriage and family living have emerged in the United States.
They include blended families, single parent families, child-free families, cohabitation, same-sex domestic partners, and families with boomerang children.
Although courts today are more sensitive to fathers' claims, women in all social classes are still more likely to win custody of their children in cases of separation and divorce.
50% of marriages end up in divorce
Black/white marriages have 11.7% risk of divorce
Hispanic/white marriages have a 7.8% risk of divorce
Asian/white marriages have 5% risk of divorce
White/white marriages have a 10.9% risk of divorce
Black/black marriages have a 11.5% of divorce
One out of four women are abused by their partner
There is a 10% risk of having an abusive partner if he is white
- A 21% if he is hispanic
- A 22% if he is black
What is the reproductive function of the family?
Producing new members generation after generation.
Very important to pass down cultures and religion.
In North India they view children as an economic necessity
There are often household gender conflicts between siblings and even parents.
According to conflict theorists, males are more dominant and in control and females are submissive helpers.
Women are homemakers and men work outside of the home.