Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-xii

Contents

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pp. xiii-xiv

List of Tables

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pp. xv-xxviii

List of Figures

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pp. xxix-xxxii

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Chapter 1. Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Even though family relationships extend beyond household boundaries, household living arrangements are among the most significant aspects of everyday life. Household membership defines a set of primary relationships, a pool...

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Chapter 2. Marriage

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pp. 9-51

This chapter is composed of three major sections. Trends in first marriage are examined, taking advantage of the potential of the census data to provide both cohort and period descriptions for major population...

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Chapter 3. The Never-Married

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pp. 52-114

We discussed the trend in age at first marriage in Chapter 2. There was a post-World War II "marriage boom" as well as a "baby boom." Young men and women accelerated the timing of their first marriage, and almost everyone...

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Chapter 4. Married Couples

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pp. 115-171

Even though both the ages at which people marry and the fraction of marriages ending in separation and divorce have increased considerably in recent years, Americans continue to spend the majority of their adult years living with a...

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Chapter 5. Incidence of Marital Disruption

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pp. 172-210

This is the first of two chapters dealing with disrupted marriages. This chapter deals with the incidence of marital disruption-the rate at which marriages are being disrupted. The next chapter deals with the...

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Chapter 6. The Formerly Married

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pp. 211-261

We discussed the incidence of divorce, widowhood, and remarriage in Chapter 5. We turn now to the formerly married population.1 At any point in time, this population is the outcome of complex patterns of inflow and...

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Chapter 7. Children

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pp. 262-293

The family experiences of children have been altered dramatically by increases in separation, divorce, and nonmarital fertility. These changes have been offset somewhat by the decreased likelihood of parental...

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Chapter 8. The Older Population

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pp. 294-334

In this chapter we turn our attention to the family and household situation of the older population of the United States. Persons age 60 and over are the focus; and when married couples are the unit of analysis, a couple is included ...

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Chapter 9. Households

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pp. 335-360

The term "household" is used almost identically in the United States Census as in everyday language. It refers to all of the people who live together in the same housing unit. 1 In almost all cases the identity and composition...

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Chapter 10. Other Types of Households: Growth and Characteristics

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pp. 361-390

In this chapter we will examine in greater detail the size and characteristics of three subtypes of households: (1) female-headed families; (2) male-headed families other than married...

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Chapter 11. Implications for the Future

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pp. 391-402

As stated at the outset, this book has been designed to make much detailed information easily accessible to a broad community of scholars interested in family and household issues. In the attempt to provide such a...

Bibliography

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pp. 403-408

Name Index

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pp. 409-412

Subject Index

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pp. 413-416