Departmental Papers (Sociology)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

4-1994

Publication Source

The Future of Children

Volume

4

Issue

1

Start Page

19

Last Page

43

DOI

10.2307/1602476

Abstract

This article explores the remarkable shift in marriage and divorce practices that has occurred in the last third of this century in the United States. Initially, information is presented on trends in divorce and remarriage; commonalities and differences between family patterns in the United States and in other industrialized nations are discussed. The author then identifies some of the factors that have transformed marriage practices in the United States and describes how changes in these practices have altered the family experiences of children. Finally, the author suggests trends in family patterns that might occur in the near future and discusses various policy initiatives and how they may influence the future of the family.

Copyright/Permission Statement

From The Future of Children, a collaboration of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution

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Date Posted: 08 June 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.