Abstract

During the past century the U.S. family system has seen vast changes—in marriage and divorce rates, cohabitation, childbearing, sexual behavior, and women's work outside the home. Andrew Cherlin reviews these historic changes, noting that marriage remains the most common living arrangement for raising children, but that children, especially poor and minority children, are increasingly likely to grow up in single-parent families and to experience family instability.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1550-1558
Print ISSN
1054-8289
Pages
pp. 33-55
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-20
Open Access
No
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