Examine the reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, divorce and cohabitation over the past 40 years

'A' grade essay on the above title.

Specifically for AQA AS Sociology, Unit 1 - Families and Households students

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AS Sociology F&H 17th November 2009
Marriage, Divorce and Cohabitation Essay



"Examine the reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, divorce and
cohabitation over the past 40 years."

The patterns of marriage, divorce and cohabitation over the past 40 years has varied
quite significantly. In 1972, the highest ever…

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AS Sociology F&H 17th November 2009
Marriage, Divorce and Cohabitation Essay



Despite the decrease in the overall number of people marrying, married couples are still
the main type of partnership for men and women in the UK. In 2005, seven in ten
families were headed by a married couple.



In…

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AS Sociology F&H 17th November 2009
Marriage, Divorce and Cohabitation Essay



Finally, functionalist sociologists argue that high divorce rates are evidence that
marriage is increasingly valued and that people are demanding higher standards from
their partners. They believe that couples are no longer prepared to put up with unhappy,
emptyshell…

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