Changing Family Forms in the US from 1970-2010


Sandra M. Florian, University of Southern California

Learning Goals

Substantive- Learn how to describe households and families using demographic and socioeconomic terms.

Examine trends in changes in family forms of Americans from 1970 to 2010.

Profiling own family in demographic and socioeconomic terms and compare it with U.S. averages.

Use sociological perspective and sociological research to provide relevant explanations for these events and characteristics.

Make some predictions for future families in the U.S. and for own family members using sociological theories and empirical findings from lecture and class readings.

Methodology/Skills- Using data to tell a story.

Learn how to read and interpret graphs and tables displaying frequencies and percentages.

Use charts and tables to identify patterns.

Improve student’s confidence in reading and discussing data from tables and graphs.

This module introduces students to recent trends in households and family forms, and provides data to examine how family types differ by class and race/ethnicity.