I’m working on a writing discussion question and need guidance to help me understand better.
There is an ongoing debate about the many changes affecting families that centers around whether these shifts reflect “family decline” or “family change.”
Watch the following video from 1998 where economist and professor Richard T. Gill argues that the American family is in decline: Why Marriage and the Family in America Is in Decline: Analysis (1998) (YouTube 30:27)
Are Gillâ€™s arguments still relevant today? Why or why not? What is your position on the changing nature of the family concerning these two terms? Is the family drifting apart or changing? What important changes in family patterns do you see in each of these positions, and are they positive or negative changes? What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary family?
Read and respond to your 2 classmates.