Running Head: Nontraditional Families 1
Nontraditional Families affects on children
Introduction to Human Services
October 11, 2013
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For the duration of the past few decades there have been numerous changes to family structure. According to Feldman, “ With an increase in the number of parents who both work outside homes, a soaring divorce rate, and a rise in single-parent families, the environment faced by children passing through middle childhoods in the 21st century is very different from that faced by prior generations” (Feldman, 2011). Family structures within nontraditional home family have similar characteristics that affect a child growing up (Ono & Sanders, 2010). According to the International Journal of Childbirth Education, “defining the term nontraditional family may elicit many different responses depending on the age, gender or geographical location” (Lantz, 2012). One of the reason children in nontraditional families are consider to have disparities more notable is because of instability of family structure formation (Ono & Sanders, 2010). Another reason is because of the instability within family structure that cause children to have increasingly salient part of their lives (Fomby & Cherlin, 2007). Consequences of living in a nontraditional family setting often come from changes in the family and disruptions (Porter, 2012). According to Bramlett & Blumberg (2007) “Family structure can have a profound impact on children’s experiences and life trajectories. Family structure affects a child outcome of life in many ways such as educational attainment and general well-being.
The early 1900’s the family consisted on a father who is breadwinner and takes care the family financially, the stay at home mom who takes care the house and children, and of course the children. They all live a house somewhere in the suburbs. That was the only ideal view of a model family. According to Feldman, “A look back at television shows of the 1950’s finds a world of families portrayed in a way that today seems oddly old-fashion and quaint: mother and father, married for years, and their good-looking children making their way in a world that seems to have few, if any, serious problem” (Feldman, 2011 p191). Today the ideal family is totally different. The thought of family today, is only a parent or caregiver working multiple jobs to raise their child. Or the family is seem as people who decide to stay together for many years resulting in common law versus getting married. Some of these parents become more involved with their career goals and obtaining stability that forming a family and getting married. Over the past few decades only about 3 out of 10 kids live in traditional family setting, the rest live in some form of a nontraditional family home (Rimm, 2010).
Single parent families
Single parenting has become a more popular style in the last couple decades. Single parenting has become one of the most common nontraditional families. According to George, “Although there are exceptions, this state usually occurs for one the three reasons: the parent was never married, the parent had separated or divorced from the spouse, or the spouse has died” (George, 2009). Single parents usually experience higher level of stress due to financial situations, high and low relationships with their children in addition to parenting styles, and sometimes the lack of rest (George, 2009). Around 43% of children live within a single parent home that is at or below the national poverty...
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