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Marriage and the family

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

However it ***** my contention that marriage and ***** family ***** essential and vital cornerstones of any modem society. The fact that these institutions are ***** debated is in itself ***** not 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 is ***** the ideals of marriage and ***** ***** being discredited us "unnecessary" and "old-fashioned" by ***** people and on many levels. The demise of marriage and the family will, in my opini*****, mean ***** destruction of civilized society.

***** indicates that in terms of statistics there is certainly real ca*****e for alarm with regard to ***** and the family. The marriage rate in the United States ***** at an all-time low. The figures ***** 1999 show that there were.86 *****s per 1,000 citizens in 1999. The divorce rate for the same year was 4.1 ***** 1,000 of the population. (Maher B. 2003. p. 56) The increase c***** be seen in that these figures are almost twi*****e those recorded in 1966. Furthermore re***** has projected ***** married couples have about a 50 percent chance ***** *****. Researchers project that. "Accord*****g ***** 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 *****ir parents' divorce." (Maher B. 2003. p. 56) Consequently there ***** also been in *****crease Cohabitation and out-*****-wedlock births. "In 2000, ***** were 4.7 million cohabiting *****, compared with 500,000 in 1970." (***** 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 allowed to disintegrate. ********** the ***** religious, moral and ethical reasons that surround this debate there is the primary issue of child care and ***** ***** is ***** *****ly affected by the current trends. As the above figures state: "Over one million ***** annually ***** *****ir ***** divorce." This has serious implications for 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 *****, domestic violence, *****nd communication problems than couples


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