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ERIC Number: ED155571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep-5
Pages: 48
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What Happened in the Decade After the Moynihan Report? A Look at Recent Trends in Family Structure Among Blacks and Whites.
Farley, Reynolds; Bianchi, Suzanne
An analysis of demographic data describing family stability among blacks and whites for the period 1950 to 1977 shows the following: (1) among both races a growing proportion of marriages end in divorce; (2) an increasing fraction of families--now about 33% of the black and 10% of the white--are headed by women; (3) there have been sharp increases in divorce and illegitimacy which have produced changes in the living arrangements of young children. Fewer are living with both their parents and a growing share live with the mother only. These trends point toward a shift away from family stability. Similar changes have occurred among both races, but the shifts have been greater among blacks. Racial differences on indicators of family stability are now larger than at previous dates. The changes in family structure which are revealed by the demographic data imply a shift away from a family system which appeared to maximize the economic well-being of women and children, and toward one which minimizes their economic well-being but maximizes that of men. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (72nd, Chicago, Illinois, September 5-9, 1977) ; Some of the charts are marginally legible