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SabrinaAvery

Analyzecontemporaryfamilypatterns,trendsandrelationships

Commonlyheldimagesofthetraditionalfamilieswhichareclosedand
longlasting,butrecentresearchshowsthatkindoftractionsinthepast.Inmost
EuropeanandWesternsocieties,familiestendtobecharacterizedbymonogamy,
marriageandromanticlove.However,thereisnowmuchmorefamilydiversity
thaninprevioustimeswithregardtofamilyorganization,cultures,classdivision,
andlifecourses.Althoughwomenhavemademajorstridestowardsequalityin
manyareasofsociallife,itremainsthecasethatwomencontinuetomore
housework,caringforrelatives,ontheotherhand,moremencommitdomestic
violenceagainstwomenstilltoday.Inmanydevelopedcountries,divorcerates
havebeenrisingsignificantlyforoverhalfacentury.Someofthereasonsforthis
trendcouldbe:legislativechangesenablingdivorce,womensimprovedeconomic
positionandthedesireforpersonalsatisfactionwithinmarriage.Whereonthe
otherhand,loneparentfamiliesaretypicallyheadedbywomenandcanbeformed
bydeathofapartner,separation,ordivorce.Todaysabsentfatherislikelytobe
awayfromtheresultofseparationandsomeconservativecommentatorslinkthis
trendtoproblemsassociatedwithboysandyoungmen.Debatedonfamilyvalues

aredifferentineveryfamilythatwillfindwaysofunderstandingourindividual
freedomswiththeneedforstablerelationships.