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Examine the reasons for the changes in the patterns of marriage, cohabitation and
divorce in the last 30 years.
Claire Jones

In the last 30 years, the British society has experienced many changes affecting the family. There
have been changes in attitudes to and expectations of family life, as well…

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previous definition, and provides another option for people who may otherwise have felt forced in to a
heterosexual marriage in order to conform to societies expectations. This could have an impact on
patterns of heterosexual marriage because people no longer feel they need to fit a certain mould,
because the…

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Various sociological theories have attempted to explain these changes, particularly postmodernism, but
the fact that 95.1% of British women still choose to marry before the age of 49 shows that while our
views on marriage and family life becoming more flexible, they still remain an important part of our



This was absolutely splendid!, however I do feel it is a little long winded, bearing in mind in the exam you probably won't have that much time. Thank you so much! 

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