ERIC Number: ED282945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Change in the Structure and Size of American Households: 1970 to 1985.
Santi, Lawrence L.
Data and analysis presented in this paper demonstrates the changing dynamics of governing the average size of households in the United States. Although the average size of households in the United States fell steadily throughout the 1970s, the relative weight of the forces leading to smaller households shifted over the decade. During the first half of the decade, decreases in the size of family households were responsible for the bulk of the decrease in average household size. During the second half of the decade, decreases in the proportion of married-couple households began to exert a greater impact on the downward trend in the size of households. The slower rate of decline in household size observed during the first half of the 1980s represents a continuation of these trends. The living arrangements of adults, more than decreasing fertility, seem to be exerting an increasing impact on the average size of households. (Author/KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Hewlett Foundation, Inc., Garden City, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology.