American Family David Popenoe Analysis

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Joe Blommel Debating American Family Life Michael Hillary The American Family: Dynamically Adaptive or Consistently Declining? There has been much discussion concerning the contemporary American family and the ever-increasing complexity by which it is arranged. Some would argue that by simply drawing mainly on U.S. Census data, we could easily sketch the conclusion that there has been an extraordinarily steep declination associated with the American family since the 1960’s. Folks like David Popenoe are quick to identify the consequential attributes of this decline, characteristics, which he believes greatly contribute to many of the societal issues we face as a country today. Others, however, would argue that the American family…show more content…
Further, he believes that the recent family decline is much more serious than the decline of the past. He states that this is more serious than any decline in the past because what is breaking up is the nuclear family (Popenoe, 1993). How does Popenoe maintain his argument? Much of his evidence revolves around information available through the U.S. Census Bureau that dates back to 1960. He focuses on a few principal pieces that he feels demonstrates the greatest support for his argument including, number of children, marital roles, family structure and family dissolution, marriage, and non family…show more content…
According to his article, Popenoe it is the retreat from marriage presented in the paragraphs above that is largely to blame in the sharp increases we have seen in residential independence and non-marital cohabitation. He links individuals leaving their homes at an early age as a major factor in the tremendous increase in non-family households and non-family living. He also points out that the number of non-marital couples living together (cohabitation) is steadily increasing. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that those who choose cohabitation before marriage will be much more prone to
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