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Family marital breakdown Family patterns
Key features Key features
Definition of family Definition of family
Murdock Murdock
Changes in divorce laws Changes in divorce laws
Changes in number of children Changes in number of children
Role of women Role of women
Theories Theories
Functionalism Functionalism
serves function serves function…

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couples no longer accept empty shell marriages increased mobility in the workforce weakened links within the family
as most remarry it was not disillusionment with marriage increased social mobility led to the cut off of lower social strata
Strengths Strengths
recognises and explains changes in divorce rates recognises change within…


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