Changing Family Patterns

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Changing Family Patterns

The family has always been a significant part of the United States of America. However, this unit of society has been faced with many challenges since establishing the union of states in America. For example, in the 18th century, extended families were typical. In the 19th-century nuclear families were common. This extended to the 19th century, whereby marriages and families began being disintegrated as women tried to get their rights and get an education. In the 20th century, most women tried to be independent, and this came with single parenthood as women decided not to get married but to get children. In the 21st century, there is the evolution of childless marriages, adoption to a great extent, and same-sex marriages. Therefore with time, the family unit continues to become complex.

Different families have different operation patterns, and they make their various impacts on the American society contributing to the diverse community present in America. Some of the factors that significantly impact how families tend to gravitate towards a particular area are race, ethnicity, and the economic configuration of the families and the nation. Race determines how a family operates, the class in the society with which they associate themselves, and how their children are raised. For example, most families with a black origin tend to keep to themselves, and most believe that whites are cruel and very racist. This is a learning point on the side of racism for black Americans. On the side of the whites, the kids get to be taught that black people might be harmful and are not good.

Ethnicity also determines how different families operate and what they believe in. for example, immigrants always live in fear and teach their children to be very careful of strangers. Like those who settled from Britain and became citizens, those of white origin believe that they are superior to the others. At the same time, Indians also think they’re degraded (“Recent Changes in Family Structure | Boundless Sociology”). It is, therefore, these believe that form family, and they act according to what they believe. This, therefore, means that there is a pattern formed by different families acting similarly and others acting in their ways to prove what they believe in. therefore, some families tend to gravitate towards certain areas while others gravitate towards others. For example, white families may be the ones controlling most institutions because they believe they are capable.

Works Cited

Publisher, “15.3 Family Patterns in the United States Today.”, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing edition, 2016. This edition is adapted from a work originally produced in 2010 by a publisher who has requested that it not receive attribution., 8 Apr. 2016,

“Recent Changes in Family Structure | Boundless Sociology.”, 2009,