ERIC Number: ED367726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
The Demographics of American Families.
Outtz, Janice Hamilton
This report examines the current demographics of American families and households and how today's families differ from those of the past. Of special interest to educators are those tables providing data concerning children under age 18, i.e., school age children. Specific data from the years 1950, 1970, and 1990 include: (1) the numbers of U.S. households by type; (2) the change in the numbers of families by type; and (3) the numbers of families with children under age 18 by type. Other data examined concern family composition by race and Hispanic origin for 1970, 1980, and 1990; the living arrangements of children under age 18 for 1991; the percentage of children under age 18 living in poverty; the median income of families with children by type of family, race, and ethnicity as of the year 1990; the labor-force participation of women and men compared for the years 1950 through 1990; and the labor force status of married-couple families with children for the years 1975 through 1990. Based on the data, it appears that there are: (1) more married-couple families without children than married-couple families with children; (2) more families with stepchildren; (3) many more one-parent families with children, most of whom are poor; (4) more fathers raising their children alone; and (5) many more mothers in the labor force with, in 1992, more than 6 of 10 families with children having working mothers. (Contains 8 references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Children, Comparative Analysis, Ethnic Groups, Family Characteristics, Family Income, Family Size, Family (Sociological Unit), Heads of Households, Human Geography, Labor Force, One Parent Family, Social Change, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data)
Publications Department, Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc., 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20016 (1-9 copies, $12 ea., 10-24 copies, $8 ea., 25 + copies, $6).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Milken Inst. for Job and Capital Formation, Santa Monica, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A product of the Center for Demographic Policy at IEL.