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Changing Family Structure

Who Cares for America's Dependents?

Published 1986

by Peter A. Morrison


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This Note reviews several ongoing demographic changes in families and considers implications for legislation. Changes include: family instability; diverse, often nontraditional, family forms; altered social settings and economic circumstances affecting children; and lengthening of life expectancy among older Americans. These changing demographic realities make it essential that future social legislation accommodate the growing diversity of families and be based on technically sound demographic assumptions about the future.

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