The Growing Diversity In American Families

Researchers who study the structure and evolution of the American family express unsullied astonishment at how rapidly the family structure has changed in recent years, the transformations often exceeding or capsizing those same experts’ predictions of just a few journal articles ago.

Families are becoming more socially egalitarian overall, even as economic disparities widen. Families are more ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically diverse than half a generation ago — than even half a year ago

“This churning, this turnover in our intimate partnerships is creating complex families on a scale we’ve not seen before,” said Andrew J. Cherlin, a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University. “It’s a mistake to think this is the endpoint of enormous change. We are still very much in the midst of it.”

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