The definition of American family is based on the idea that a legally married couple shares a household, which has been considered as a male that provides the income and a female who is responsible for taking care of the husband, household and children. Even though, Maggie Gallagher in her essay the benefits of marriage in “Why marriage is good for you,” states that she is trying to promote the return to more traditional view of marriage within the society. However, there is a controversy that American family is experiencing changes in every aspect, being on decline as a consequence of three factors. First, more babies are born in extramarital relations, second, individualism of men and women including same sex couples, and third, the high rates of divorce.
Certainly, teenagers are more susceptible to have babies out of marriage, but women from any ethnic group or background are getting pregnant giving birth to babies out of the wedlock. In fact, according to Associated Press states that “US Births break record; 40 percent out of wedlock.” Therefore, single parents with one or more children are living together thus, facing the difficult task of surviving with only one income.
For instance, the Office of National statistics found that the proportion of newborns with unmarried parents has risen by more than 50 percent since1991.
Also, according to PWP (Parents without Partners) International, in the article “Facts about Single Parent Families,” says that single parent households increased from 9 percent to 16 percent of all households by 2000. Moreover, in big cities and in small towns families are single moms.
On the other hand, individualism in men and women has great impact on the traditional American family; in fact, women have put their careers as a priority. They are entering in the workforce having higher incomes, simultaneously, leaving the concept of marriage way behind. Also, men and women are deciding not to get married...