• Image of the nuclear family
—a father, a mother, and biological or adopted children living together—is exalted as the ideal family.
- • Several changes in family composition occurred between 1970 and 2007.
- – Percentage of families composed of married couples with children declined from 40.3% to 22.5 %
– Only increase
in family groups came in category of “other family households”
(families whose householder has no spouse present, and may include other relatives, as well as children).
– There has been an increase in the percentage of non-family households, individuals living alone or with non-relatives.