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Using material from Item 2b and elsewhere, assess the
views that the nuclear family is no longer the norm
The nuclear family consists of two generations living together, all related by blood or law.
Oakley calls this the conventional family, because he believes it is universal…

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However according to the Rapoports the conventional family no longer makes up the
majority, in fact 35% are couple only households and 10% are lone parent households. This
change has occurred due to a number of factors.
Allan and Crow identify how a growing trend of…

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increase in same sex families and an increase on divorce as marriage loses its value, which
of course leads to a rise in lone parent-hood.
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Whilst diversity in family structure is evident, the nuclear family still exists and is seen by the
government as…

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