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10.3: Changes and Problems in American Families

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    1. Discuss why the US divorce rate rose during the 1960s and 1970s and summarize the major individual-level factors accounting for divorce today.
    2. Describe the effects of divorce for spouses and children.
    3. Summarize the evidence on how children fare when their mothers work outside the home.
    4. Describe the extent of family violence and explain why it occurs.


    According to the census, roughly 6 million opposite-sex couples are currently cohabiting in the United States. The average cohabitation lasts less than two years.

    Amit Gupta – CC BY-NC 2.0.