SINGLETONS, SAME-SEX AND RECONSTITUTED FAMILIES

notes on singletons, same-sex and reconsitited familes

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SINGLETONS, SAMESEX AND RECONSTITUTED FAMILIES
A singleton is some who lives by themselves ­ About three in 10 households contain one
person & Singletons are growing for a number of reasons
1)Most people in the 20's & 30's live by themselves ­ because they can afford to & there is
less stigma about it ­ women are now able to pursue careers and do not face as much
pressure to marry ­ so people tend to marry later
2) More men in 40's & 50's live by themselves ­ because of divorce ­ divorced women
normally gain custody of children ­ so men left by themselves
3) Increasing number of women who live by themselves ­ because death of their husbands ­
women live longer than men.
SAME SEX FAMILIES
Has increased in recent years ­ the civil partnership act 2004 which came into force on 5th
of December 2005 meant that gay couple got the same legal recognition of their relationships
­ which gave them equal treatment to married couples
WHY HAVE SAME SEX FMAILIES INCREASED?
1) INCREASED SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE ­ homosexuality was legalised in the UK in
1967 and the age of consent has gone down from 21 to 18 and is now at 16, the
same as heterosexuals ­ homosexuality is far more acceptable now
2) SECULARISATION ­ Most religions condemn homosexuality but there are now less
religious people in the UK meaning they can accept homosexuality
3) REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES ­ IVF & Surrogacy allows gays couples to have
children.
RECONSTITUED FAMILIES
This is a growing family form ­ because of increase of divorce since 1970's ­ about 10% of
all children live in a stepfamily.

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