1. Global Changes in Marriage, Parenting and Family Life

An Overview

  1. Angela Abela and
  2. Janet Walker
  1. Angela Abela and
  2. Janet Walker

Published Online: 4 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118320990.ch1

Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World

Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World

How to Cite

Abela, A. and Walker, J. (2013) Global Changes in Marriage, Parenting and Family Life, in Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World (eds A. Abela and J. Walker), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118320990.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119971030

Online ISBN: 9781118320990

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Keywords:

  • marriage;
  • divorce;
  • demographic change;
  • couple relationships;
  • parenting;
  • household structures;
  • family change

Summary

Unprecedented diversity in household living arrangements and extensive social, cultural and economic change are having far-reaching implications for marriage, parenting and family life in the twenty-first century. This book examines the changes that are taking place in marriage, the increase in divorce, the different kinds of parenting arrangements children experience, and the impacts of globalisation, demographic change and technological advances. In preparing the ground for the chapters that follow, this introductory chapter draws attention to the increasing choices in the formation of intimate couple relationships, the shifting expectations partners have, and the factors which influence decisions about parenthood and parenting. The chapter notes the decline in fertility rates and the increase in life expectancy, and the changing shape of populations across the globe at a time of deep global economic recession and the dismantling of traditional family structures.