ERIC Number: ED267909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-25
Today's Changing Families and their Needs.
Thierman, Susan B.
This paper discusses the changing concept of the American family, identifying four major trends in family structure: (1) a dramatic increase in two-wage-earner families; (2) more working women; (3) more single-parent families; and (4) restructuring of families through divorces and remarriages. The family has been losing many of its traditional functions, such as education, socialization, and recreation, to other societal organizations. With changing structure and functions, the family has been experiencing problems resulting from societal changes and also from normal life cycle transitions. Families have been seeking counseling, therapy, and other help. Counselors are encouraged to respond to the problems and changing needs of today's families by studying these phenomena more closely and considering ways to strengthen support systems. It is suggested that attention should be given to recognizing problem sources and assessing methods of resolving problems sooner or preventing them altogether. A brief bibliography is included. (DST)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of paper were presented at the Fairbanks Association for the Education of Young Children and Tanana Valley Community College Statewide Early Childhood Conference (2nd, Fairbanks, AK, January 23-25, 1986).