Changing family patterns - Parents and children

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STEP families

  • Acount for over 10% of families
  • Reasons - increase in divorce
  • Greater risk of poverty if the man has to support more children
  • 86% of families have at least 1 child from a previous marriage
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LONE-PARENT families

  • Children are twice as likely to live in poverty
  • 24% of all families
  • Over 90% are headed my mothers
  • Welfare state - MURRAY - 'Perserve insentives', over genrous welfare state
  • Reasons - Increase in divorce, women share the expressive role (BOTT)
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CHILDBEARING

  • More women are remaing childless
  • Women are having children later - 27.3 (2005)
  • Over 4 in every 10 children are born out of marriage
  • Women are having fewer children - 1.84 (2006)
  • Reasons - Cohabitation, women are having children later when women are less firtile
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