Essay on Traditional And Traditional Family Structure

1220 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Alternative family forms such as non-traditional families are becoming far more common than the traditional American family structure “Nuclear” families. The “Nuclear” family has been considered the “traditional” family since its first known use in 1947; a nuclear family is defined as a “family group that consists only of father, mother, and children” (Merriam-Webster’s, n.d.). The traditional family structure has been tested over time and had to adapt to many influential changes that have occurred rapidly over the past few decades. These changes include, but are not limited to families of divorce, single-parent families, and same-sex families. Throughout most of American history, “the concept of marriage and parenthood has seen a mild fluctuation… over the past decades, we also have seen a fairly profound change in the nature of family” (Hall, 2014, p. 153). These non-traditional forms of family are booming with every day that passes, conquering the glorified views of the traditional family structure.
In our textbook Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Family and Personal Relationships by David M. Hall, issue 3.3 “Are traditional families better than nontraditional families?” focuses on the dueling standpoints of traditional vs. non-traditional families. For the “NO” standpoint, Hall (2014) uses Professor Mark Good’s article “Nontraditional Families and Childhood Progress through School” (2012) to showcase Good’s argument that it can be “damaging to hold up…

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