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

However it ***** my contention that marriage and the *****amily are essential and vital corners*****nes of any modem society. The fact that these ********** are ***** debated is in itself ***** ***** a negative factor. Healthy debate and the search for improvements ***** possible alternatives are part of the growth and development in society. What is more worrying ***** ***** the ideals ***** marriage and family are being discredited us "un*****" and "old-fashioned" by many people ***** on many levels. The demise of ***** and the family will, in my opinion, mean the destruction of civilized *****.

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

***** above *****, which can be bolstered ***** many more reports and studies, indicate a centr*****l reason why the institution of marriage and ***** family *****not be allowed to disintegrate. *****esides the ***** religious, moral and ethical reasons that surround this debate ***** is the primary issue ***** child care and ***** ***** is ***** *****ly affected by ***** current trends. As the above figures state: "Over one million ***** annually ***** ********** parents' 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, ***** communic*****tion problems than *****

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