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Changing Family Patterns

Exam question:

Examine changing family patterns (divorce)

This handout will be used alongside the marriage and cohabitation, childbearing
and changing family type's handouts.

"If trends continue
approximately 40°/o of
marriages presently being
formed will end in divorce"

We will now look at the reasons for…

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· Declining stigma = changing attitude
­ Divorce is becoming `normalised'
· Instead of shameful it is now seen as misfortunate
3/: Secularisation

The decline of the influence of religion in society

The church opposing divorce now holds no weight
· 2001 census data shows that:
­ 43% of young…

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What do the perspectives say about divorce?


High divorce rates do not prove that
marriage is under threat. If this was the
case there would be no remarriages.
The expectations of marriage have
simply got higher.


They see high divorce rates as
desirable because it shows that


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