Position Paper :
Marriage has been the
fundamental social arrangement throughout much of American history, providing
structure and meaning in people’s lives.
It has marked entry into adulthood – the point at which children gain
economic independence from their parents, leave the family home to forge their
own families, and engage in sexual activity.
Traditional gender roles have provided scripts that guided and organized
how work, both inside and outside the home, would be divided and how children
are raised. Recent trends over the last
60 years have seen major shifts in the way marriage and family life are conceptualized,
leaving many wondering what those changes will mean for the future of
families. Are those changes working
against families or are they signs of increased diversity and a need to think
more broadly about what family life means?
For this assignment
you will need to reflect on these issues and take a stand on one side of the
argument: are families in decline or are they resilient? Your position papers
must be two to three pages in length using 12-point Times New Roman font with
double-spaced lines and standard one-inch margins on all sides. The articles associated with this assignment
will be distributed. This paper must
also include at least 4 references from the text to support your position.
All written materials
must use correct APA style and include the following:
cited page (you need only reference the textbook)
- Title page
- Running head
- Page numbers
- Headings (optional)
(2005). The American family: New
research about an old institution challenges the conventional wisdom that the
family today is worse off than in the past.
In K.R. Gilbert (Ed.), Annual
editions: The family (pp. 2-6).
Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.
(2005). American families are drifting
apart: The sexual revolution, women’s liberation, relaxation of divorce laws,
and greater mobility are fracturing the traditional family structure. In K. R. Gilbert (Ed.), Annual editions: The family (pp. 7-9). Dubuqure, IA: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.
Knox, D. &
Schacht, C. (12th edition). Choices
in Relationships: An Introduction to Marriage and the Family. California: Wadsworth Publishing.