Changing Family Trends

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  • Changing Family Trends
  • Volume 310
  • Editor: Justin Healey
  • Print book ISBN: 978 1 921507 21 2
  • Year: 2010

Over the past thirty or so years, major social trends in marriage and work patterns have impacted on Australian family formation and structures. Families are very diverse and can take many shapes and forms, extending across a number of households. This book explores changing family trends and presents an overview of characteristics which define the Australian family in its many evolving guises. Lone parent families, step and blended families and same-sex families are all examined in the light of major social shifts including the trend toward smaller families, both parents being in the workforce, divorce, later life partnering, the decline in marriage in favour of de facto relationships, women having children on their own, and access to reproductive technologies for gay and lesbian couples. Despite this diversity, ‘nuclear’ couple families with dependent children are still the norm. What really is the future of the family?

Chapter 1: Australian Family Trends

Chapter 2: Diversity and Change in Families

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index