ERIC Number: ED151254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Marriage, Divorce and Living Together: A Teaching Module [And] Are American Values Changing? Marriage, Divorce, and Living Together. Interchange, Population Education Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 1978.
Clark, Leon E.
The document includes a teaching unit and a newsletter focusing on current trends in marriage, divorce, and cohabitation in the United States. The unit is designed for junior high school through college, requires one to two hours, and presents procedural suggestions and data sheets. Initial activities involve students in individually completing a questionnaire about their attitudes and knowledge about marriage, divorce, and cohabitation. Then in small groups students summarize their responses and compare them to statistics provided on the data sheets. The data indicate percentage of young Americans who are married, living together but not married, public tolerance of cohabitation, and chances of divorce. The newsletter provides a discussion of the trends indicated by the data, using the same charts which appear on the data sheets in the teaching unit. These trends indicate that high percentages of young people aged 18-29 approve of cohabitation; most young Americans plan to marry and have children; the U.S. divorce rate is currently the highest in the world; and the divorce rate has increased since the late 1950s, possibly due to the women's movement and problems of postwar family living after the Vietnam War. (AV)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Divorce, Higher Education, Human Living, Learning Activities, Life Style, Marital Status, Marriage, Mate Selection, Public Opinion, Secondary Education, Social Attitudes, Social Relations, Student Attitudes, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, Unit Plan, Units of Study, Values, Worksheets, Youth
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Four graphs in Interchange may not reproduce clearly due to colored ink in original document