Family Structures Of Cultures And Nations Essay

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The family has been instrumental to the development of cultures and nations, even though considered the smallest social unit of society. The extended family was the first social unit in the nomadic hunter age and grew into families within tribes. Indicators of family disequilibrium, such as divorces and the number of children being raised in single-parent families, are rising alarmingly. In traditional westernized nations, this was thought to be best provided in a two-parent married family existing within an extended family structure. The two-parent nuclear family then became the prototype with the woman leaving her relatively low-paying job she got after (or before) finishing high school and taking care of children. Family structures of this type had to support distinct gender roles and the economy had to be vibrant enough for a man to financially support a family on his own. The changes in norms and expectations about marriage may have followed rather than preceded increases in divorce and delays in marriage; however, such cultural changes have important feedback effects, leading to later marriage and higher divorce rates (Enrique, 2007). It was reported by R. Evans that, "of the seventy-three million children under the age of eighteen, about twenty million live in single-parent families, and perhaps as many as nine million in stepfamilies (2004).
Issues that surround the family creation and maintenance are mate selection, spousal relationships, parenting, and…

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