LAPC The Benefits & Challenges of Non Traditional Families Essay

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DIRECTIONS: The point of this assignment is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to do some research and present your findings on a topic related to the sociology of the family. Your paper should be a minimum of 4 double-spaced pages but no longer than 10 pages, plus a Works Cited (bibliography) page (so, with the Works Cited page, your paper should be between 5 and 11 pages long). Do not include a separate title page or an abstract. You should type your paper using Times New Roman font; the font size should be 12 points and you should use standard 1” margins.

TOPIC: The benefits and challenges of non-traditional families

Research and describe the benefits and challenges of non-traditional families (some examples of non-traditional families are blended families, single-parent families, same-sex families, polygamous families; for the purpose of this paper, you should focus on only one of the non-traditional family forms, so you can describe it more in-depth; make sure you are clear in your paper about what non-traditional family form you are analyzing). What are the benefits of non-traditional families? What are the challenges their members may encounter? What can be done to address these challenges? Which solutions do you think are most likely to be successful and why?

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From the beginning of the universe, the traditional family structure consists of a mother,
father, and child or children. Traditionally, the composition results in a small nuclear family
group in which the man and woman are declared to be husband and wife or are known to be so.
The traditional family is opposed to the non-traditional family. The term non-traditional family
refers to a family structure that does not adhere to the traditional family structure; rather, it is
made up of couples of similar gender and children, or it may be made up of a single parent and
children (Williams, 2010). Traditional and non-traditional family structures have benefits and
drawbacks that affect the family structure. Single-parent, extended families, same-sex families,
polygamous, and cohabitation households are examples of non-traditional families (Williams,
2010). The paper aims to analyze the benefits and challenges of non-traditional families’
specifically single parenthood families, and address such challenges while offering viable
Diversity and culture have a tremendous impact on the family structure, and these
elements play an important part in human interactions. It has been years since the traditional
family structure has declined due to technological advancement and society. Due to increased
divorce and early pregnancies and increased mortality cases, non-traditional families are
becoming more common in the United States (Perry and Whitehead, 2016). This has increased
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) communities no longer hidden from the public.
Traditionally family had more t...

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