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Changing Views of Marriage, Home Responsibilities, and Caregiving

  • By: Heather E. Dillaway & Sharon Lindhorst Everhardt
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Within recent literature on families in the United States, social science researchers outline changes in marriage, caregiving, and home responsibilities, for families are typically defined via these relationships and activities over time. This entry documents whether people's views toward marriage, caregiving, and home responsibilities have changed. Changing views of marriage with increased responsibilities and caregiving demands can challenge the emotional and physical health of families.

Marriage

Marriage is no longer viewed as a cultural, social, or economic necessity. Increasing numbers of individuals select alternative pathways to coupling, such as cohabitation or living apart while having an intimate relationship. Despite growing alternatives, however, individuals still value marriage, as most adults choose to marry at some point. Even after divorce, most adults remarry; this highlights the importance individuals ...

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