Essay - Marriage and the Family the Institution of Marriage and the...

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Marriage and the family

The institution of marriage and the family is a contentious topic in contemporary society for a number of reasons. 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 ***** family is seriously threatened in modern society. The very ideals of ***** are be*****g questioned by many young people who feel ***** marriage no longer serves a necessary purpose in society. The institution ***** the family is also being affected by th***** questioning and by 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 ***** and ***** *****amily ***** essential and v*****al corners*****nes of any modem *****. The fact ***** these institutions are being debated is in itself ***** not a negative factor. Healthy debate and the search for improvements and possible alternatives are part of the growth and development in society. What is more worrying is that the ideals ***** marriage and family are ***** discredited us "un*****" and "old-fashioned" ***** ***** ***** ***** on many levels. ***** demise of ***** and the ***** will, in ***** opini*****, 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 ***** 1999 show ***** there were.86 marriages per 1,000 citizens in *****. The divorce rate for the same year was 4.1 per 1,000 of the population. (Maher B. 2003. p. 56) The increase c***** be seen in that these ***** are almost twice those recorded in 1966. Furthermore research has projected ***** married couples have about a 50 percent chance of *****. Researchers project that. "According ***** the U.S. Census Bureau, 20 percent of first marriages end within 5 years ***** 33 percent within 10 years. Over one million children annually experience their parents' divorce." (Maher B. **********. p. 56) Consequently there has also been in *****crease 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 statistics, which can be bolstered by many more reports and studies, indicate a central reason why the institution of marriage and the ***** *****not be al*****ed to disintegrate. ********** the ***** religious, moral and ethical reasons that surround this debate there is the primary issue of child care and development that is being *****ly affected by the current trends. As ***** above figures state: "Over ***** million children annually ***** their 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, and communication problems than *****


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