“There is no longer any such thing as a typical American family” is the conclusion Zhenchao Qian professor of sociology at Ohio State University, reached based on his analysis of the changing patterns of family in the United States in an article published at the Ohio State News website on Sept. 11, 2013.
Qian cites data from the 2000 U. S. Census and the 2010 American Community Survey as the basis for a new trend of change in family structure in the United States during the first decade of the twenty-first century.
Qian notes that Caucasians, the economically advantaged, and the educated have a more stable traditional family pattern. He indicates that economic differences may be at the heart of some of the changes in the traditional family seen in the research. Twenty-two percent of the children in the United States can be classified as officially poor based on standards established by the federal government.
Divorce rates increased, the number of persons over fifty who were single increased, and the number of people who have never married increased from 2000 to 2010. The number of children living with single mothers remained constant though the decade.
Eight percent more people married, divorced, and remarried in what Qian terms the “marriage-go-round” in the last decade.
The complete report is available here.