Essay about British Family Structures And Trends

1556 Words Mar 13th, 2015 7 Pages
Over the last hundred years families in Britain have changed. Budig (2004) states that ‘Definitions of what constitutes a family are informed by social contexts that differ across history.’ Changes in the laws, perspectives, technical knowledge and beliefs have led to changes in trends and structures of family. Some changes include increase in divorce, remarriage and reconstituted families. There has also been an increase in nuptial bonds, births outside marriage and same sex marriages. Smaller families, declining birthrates, and single parent families are a few other dominant transformations that have taken place. ( , Kiernan, 2004). For instance, Paetsch (2004) found out that, In England and Wales, marriage rates fell by 40 percent between 1972 and 1998, and crude divorce rates rose from 1.5 in 1971 to 3.2 in 1993. This essay will evaluate the changes that have taken place in British family structures and trends in a broader context using disciplines like, history and economics. Each of these disciplines will be looked at in turn to explain the changing family.

Over the last 70 years the structures of the families have changes to a great extent. Albeit seven out of ten families are still headed by hitched couples this rate has been declining for some time. Somewhere around 1996 and 2006 the quantity of wedded couple families fell by more than 4%, while the quantity of cohabiting few families expanded by 2.3 million, speaking to 14% of all families. It is assessed…

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