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Family Structures -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Carter-Smith, Karin;

2009 / EBSCO


The study of family structures is important to a variety of disciplines and for myriad reasons. Social science researchers, demographers, public health policy-makers, mental health practitioners and market researchers are among the many paying close attention to the drastic changes in family structures that have taken place within our population over the course of the last half-century. The roles of extended family and fictive kin continue to expand, as do the number of single parent families. Adults are choosing to marry later in life, if at all, and the number of children per household continues to decline. Yet, the nuclear family remains as the core unit of society.