Website: Interactive: The Changing American Family
Website: The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families
Video: Class and Family Structure in the United States
Video: Family Diversity – AS Sociology of Families and Households
Family structures have changed tremendously within the last century due to the influential factors that have shifted the belief systems and norms of the mainstream culture. The context of the family dynamics is now defined and structured through the needs of the individuals that make up the institution of a family union.
Initial Post Instructions
Reflect upon The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families and Class and Family Structure in the United States. For your initial post, address the following:
In his review of the family structure in the United States, William Doherty stated, “There is a lack of preparation of couples of how to sustain an intimate relationship in raising children.”
Do you agree with Dr. Doherty’s statement?
Who is responsible to train people for their role as parents in the changing complex family structure?
What type of training should be provided?
Who should fund the project?
Should attendance be required?
Is on the job training effective?