Continuity and Change in the American Family

ISBN-10: 0761920099
ISBN-13: 9780761920090
Edition: 2002
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Description: This book provides readers with a comprehensive description of the social demography of the American family. Looking at family continuity and change in the latter half of the 20th century, this book explores such topics as the growth in cohabitation  More...

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Book details

List price: $97.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.37" wide x 9.13" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

This book provides readers with a comprehensive description of the social demography of the American family. Looking at family continuity and change in the latter half of the 20th century, this book explores such topics as the growth in cohabitation and changes in childbearing and how these trends affect family life. Other topics include the changing lives of single mothers, fathers, and grandparents and increasing economic disparities among families; childcare and child well being; and combining paid work and family.

She received her Ph.D. in demography and sociology from Penn State in 1992. She is currently Health Scientist Administrator and Demographer in the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is also director of NICHD's training program in population studies and is program officer for many national data collection efforts. She was awarded Vice-President Gore's Hammer Award for her work on fatherhood with the Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. She is currently a member of the NICHD Family and Child Well-being Research Network and the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1978. She is currently Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate in the Center on Population, Gender, and Social Inequality, at the University of Maryland and also an Affiliate Faculty member of the Women's Studies Department and the School of Public Affairs. Prior to her current position, she was a U.S. Census Bureau demographer for 15 years and served as Assistant Chief for Social and Demographic Statistics in the Bureau's Population Division in 1993-94. She is currently directing research projects on American families' use of time and investigating inequality in parental investments in children. She served as President of the Population Association of America in 2000 and has chaired the Population and Family Sections of the American Sociological Association.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Is the American Family in Decline?
A Note on the Demographic Approach to Studying Families
Theoretical Frameworks in Family Demography
A Note on Data and Family Terminology
Choice of Topics and Organization of this Volume
Changing Families in a Changing Society
A Changing Society
Changing Households and Families
Racial Differences in Household and Family Structure
Delayed Marriage and Living Arrangements of Young Adults
Cohabitation
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
Childbearing
Living Arrangements of the Elderly
Intergenerational Ties and Multigenerational Living
Cohabitation
Who Cohabits and How Has This Changed Over Time?
A Note on Gay & Lesbian Cohabiting-Couple Households
Cohabitation and Marriage
Are Cohabiting and Married Individuals Becoming More Alike?
Cohabitation and Single Life
Different Purposes, Different Cohabitors
Race and the Meaning of Cohabitation
Premarital Cohabitation and Risk of Divorce
Childbearing
Entering Motherhood: Childbearing Among Cohorts of Women
Number of Children and Childlessness
Generational Differences in Childbearing
Nonmarital Childbearing
Employment Patterns Before and After Pregnancy
Birth Expectations
Fertility in Men's Lives
Single-Mother Families
Who Is a Single Mother?
Trends in Single Motherhood
Cohabitation and Single-Parenting
Cohort Change in Lifetime Experience of Single-Mothering
Changing Socioeconomic Characteristics of Single Mothers
Variation among Single Mothers
Single Mothers and Welfare Reform
Fathering
Beliefs about Father Involvement: Ideals & Realities
Declining Fatherhood: Long-Term Trends in Men's Coresidential "Parenting."
Lifetime Estimates of Parenthood
Father-Only Families & Cohabitation
Characteristics of Single and Married Fathers
Child Custody
Contact Between Nonresident Fathers & Their Children
Child Support Among Nonresident Fathers
Married Fathers' Time and Activities with Children
Fathers' and Mothers' Views on Father Involvement
Grandparenting
How Has Grandparenthood Changed Over the Years?
Grandparenting
Grandparenting and Single-Parenting
Multigenerational Families with Grandparents
Heterogeneity in Multigenerational Families with Grandparents
Characteristics of Grandparents in Multigenerational Families
The Economic Well-being of Grandparents in Multigenerational Families
Racial Differences in Multigenerational Families with Grandparents
The Economic Well-being of Grandchildren in Multigenerational Families
Child Care
Growth in Non-Parental Child Care
How Do Parents Choose Child Care?
Complexity of Child Care Arrangements
Child Care and Child Well-Being
Child Well-Being
Changing Numbers of U.S. Children
A Transformation of Family Life
Foster Children and Adopted Children
Children in Gay and Lesbian Families
Children's Economic Security
Parents & Children
How Do Children Spend Their Time?
Children's Health
Teens, Mortality, and Risky Behaviors
Economic Causes and Consequences of Changing Family Structure
Trends in Household & Per Capita Income
Poverty Trends
Racial Differences in Income & Poverty
"Feminization" of Poverty
Changing Employment & Earnings of Women
Declining Male Wages
The Juvenilization of Poverty
Family Income Inequality & Relative Economic Well-Being
Components of Rising Household Income Inequality
Changing Economics & Family Formation & Dissolution
Men's Income & Their Attractiveness in the Marriage Market
Women's Economic Independence, Marriage, & Marital Disruption
Consequences of Marital Disruption in Families with Children
The Gender Gap in Income After Marital Disruption
Combining Work and Family
The Increase in Mother's Labor Force Participation
Attitudes about Women's Work
Women's & Men's Nonmarket Work
When Do Men Do More Housework?
Perceived Success at Work-Family Balance
Dual Earning & Family Well-being
Conclusion
References
Index
About the Authors

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