What are the consequences of the breakdown of the
traditional family for American society?
Definition of family: The Western world regards the family as consisting of two or more people who consider themselves related by blood, marriage, or adoption; also known as a nuclear family. The extended family includes grandparents, aunts, cousins, etc.
The changing family: At one time families worked together on farms, family trade, etc. They worked as a family to provide for
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poverty, divorce and continuing education. Consequently, there is a decrease in the utilization of community recreation resources, volunteerism, political activity and civic responsibility.
The high rate of illegitimacy and divorce has resulted in disastrous emotional injury to children. This means a massively weakened future for America. Even if these rates decline and hold within the next year, the effects on the children now being raised in broken families would be felt for generations to come.