3. Changing American Families in the 21st Century

  1. Patricia Noller4 and
  2. Gery C. Karantzas5
  1. Suzanne M. Bianchi1,
  2. Sara B. Raley2 and
  3. Lynne M. Casper3

Published Online: 23 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch3

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

How to Cite

Bianchi, S. M., Raley, S. B. and Casper, L. M. (2012) Changing American Families in the 21st Century, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (eds P. Noller and G. C. Karantzas), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 4

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4072, Australia

  2. 5

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, Box 951551, 264 Haines Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551, United States, USA

  2. 2

    McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster,MD21157, United States, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, 3620 South McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-1061, United States, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334500

Online ISBN: 9781444354119

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Keywords:

  • changing American families, the 21st century;
  • diverse family forms;
  • marriage, cohabitation, divorce, family behaviors similar everywhere;
  • U.S. family life, changing gender division of labor;
  • changes in marriage, divorce, altering household composition;
  • economic struggle, securing financial independence;
  • delayed transition to adulthood, shifting family behaviors early in life;
  • cohabitation, a modal experience for younger cohorts in the US;
  • single parenting;
  • childrearing within cohabiting, not studied separately

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Young “Emerging” Adulthood

  • Delayed (First) Marriage and Increased Cohabitation before Marriage

  • Fertility

  • Union Dissolution

  • Single Parenting

  • Changing Gender Division of Labor in Two-Parent Families

  • Conclusion

  • References