ERIC Number: ED162954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Changing Economy of the Family. Report of an Interdisciplinary Seminar.
American Council of Life Insurance, Washington, DC. Education and Community Services.
A report is presented of a conference which examined the family as a socioeconomic institution. Participants included scholars, practitioners, and businessmen with backgrounds in various social sciences, finance, survey research, family history, home economics, and aspects of the life and health insurance business. The report begins with a summary of two themes which predominated in the conference discussion: structural changes in family life over time and exchange relationships in the family, particularly exchanges from one generation to another. Research issues raised in the discussion included the value of family impact studies, correlation between the low-income family and economic survival skills, and degree of elasticity in the demands for health and economic security within the household unit. Three sections of the report offer abridged versions of a position paper and comments of two respondents. Topics included the model American family of the 1970s, a historical perspective on how families coped with economic insecurity in the past, and the new economic subdiscipline called "new home economics" in which the family is viewed as a single economic entity which utilizes its resources to maximize some objective. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council of Life Insurance, Washington, DC. Education and Community Services.