Ethnic differences in family diversity

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    • Asian families
      • Larger household sizes are due to:
        • Value placed on extended families in Asian cultures
        • Younger age profile of British Asians- higher proportion in childbearing age groups
        • Practical considerations. Roger Ballard- provided an important source of support for migrants during the 50's and 60's
      • Early migration period- houses often shared by extended families. Later, relatives often lived nearby, visiting frequently- kinship networks
      • Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims are still more likely than other ethnic groups to live in extended family units. Asian families sometimes holds 3 generations, but are mostly nuclear
      • Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian households tend tend to be larger than other ethnic groups- 4.5/4.1/3.3 people per household respectively. Only 2.3 for Black Caribbean and White British, 2.4 for the whole population
    • Black families
      • Heidi Safia Mirza- high rate of lone black parent families reflects the high value black women place on independence
      • Male unemployment and poverty-> black men are less able to provide for family-> higher rates of of desertion/ marital breakdown
      • Tracy Reynolds- statistics are misleading. Many 'lone' parents are in stable, supportive, non-cohabiting relationships
      • Black Caribbean and Africans have higher proportions of lone parent households- 2002- 1/2 of families with dependent children headed by black person were lone parent, but only 1/11 Indian families
      • Under slavery, children stayed with the mother, establishing an ongoing trend for family life


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