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Marriage and the family

The institution of marriage ***** the family is a contentious topic in contemporary society for a number of re*****sons. One ***** ***** most important issues under debate is the decline of marriage and the family in *****. Research studies clearly show that ***** ***** of marriage as well as the cohesion of the family ***** seriously threatened ***** modern society. The very ideals ***** marriage are being questioned by many young people who feel that marriage no longer serves a necess*****ry purpose in *****. The institution of the family is also being affected by this questioning and ***** various arguments which suggest that the conventional structure of ***** family is socially or culturally relative and not a necessary ideal to strive f*****.

However it ***** my contention that marriage and the family ***** essential ***** v*****al corners*****nes of any modem society. The fact ***** these ********** are ***** debated is in itself is not a negative factor. Healthy debate and the search for improvements and possible alternatives are part ***** the growth and development in society. What is more worrying is that the ideals of marriage and ***** ***** being discredited us "un*****" and "old-fashioned" by ***** people and on many levels. ***** demise of ***** and the family will, in ***** opini*****, mean the destruction of civilized society.

********** indicates that in terms of statistics there is certainly real ca*****e for alarm with regard to marriage and the family. The marriage rate in the United States is at an all-time low. The figures for 1999 show ***** there were.86 *****s per 1,000 citizens ***** *****. The divorce rate for the same year was 4.1 per 1,000 of the population. (Maher B. 2003. p. 56) The increase can be seen in that these figures are almost twice those recorded in 1966. Furthermore research has *****rojected ***** married couples have about a 50 *****cent chance ***** *****. Researchers project that. "Accord*****g to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20 percent of first marriages end within 5 years and 33 percent ***** 10 years. Over one million children annually experience *****ir parents' divorce." (Maher B. 2003. p. 56) Consequently there has also been in *****crease Cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births. "In 2000, there were 4.7 million cohabiting *****, compared with *****0,000 in 1970." (Maher B. *****. p. 56)

The above *****, which can be bolstered by many more reports and studies, indicate a central reason why the institution of marriage and the family ********** be al*****ed to d*****integrate. Besides the many religious, moral ***** ethical reasons that surround this debate ***** is the primary issue of child care and ***** that is ********** *****ly affected by the current trends. As the above ***** state: "Over one million ***** annually experience *****ir ***** divorce." This has serious implications ***** society,

As Bridget Maher states in her study Patching Up the American Family, "Married couples who have previously cohabited have a much higher incidence of divorce, domestic violence, ********** communication problems than *****

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