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The American family is not dead or even in trouble. Rather it has metamorphosed and is better than ever. These conclusions come from a 26-year study of 300 Los Angeles families. Vern L. Bengston, distinguished scholar with the American Sociological Assn. and USC sociologist, has released his findings in the "Longitudinal Study of Generations," garnering an award for outstanding research to be presented Nov. 17 by the Washington-based Gerontological Society of America.
October 17, 2010 | By Neal Gabler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With the new television season upon us, here are a few things you are virtually certain to see again and again and again: lots of folks spending the better part of their day surrounded by their friends and family in happy conviviality; folks wandering into the unlocked apartments and homes of friends, family and neighbors at any time of the day or night as if this were the most natural thing in the world; friends and family sitting down and having lots...
June 23, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
In a state where the dynamics of marriage, family and home are shifting, Orange County remains a "vestige of tradition," as one sociologist put it. Analysts, however, say the county's loyalty to convention is not due to a push to maintain its image as a pillar of social conservatism. Instead, they point to the bustling Latino commercial districts in Santa Ana, the Vietnamese American coffee shops in Garden Grove and the halal butchers in Anaheim — to an influx of immigrants who have imported the old-fashioned family structures of their homelands.
January 31, 1993
I was truly moved by "Boys to Men" (by Camille Peri, Dec. 20) on the Omega Boys Club. Jack Jacqua and Joe Marshall have put together a program that addresses a problem apparent to many. We should all pay attention as the nuclear family continues to disintegrate. DIANA LAMB Rowland Height s
June 23, 2011 | Kate Linthicum and Ari Bloomekatz and Scott Gold
On a leafy drive in west Los Angeles, at a newly renovated home with cathedral ceilings and a backyard pool, 4-year-old Kate Eisenpresser-Davis' friends have been known to pose an intriguing question: "Why does Kate have three mommies?" Lisa Eisenpresser, 44, and her partner, Angela Courtin, 38, share custody of Kate with Eisenpresser's ex-partner. When asked to describe their life, Eisenpresser and Courtin respond with the same word: "Normal. " Days are spent searching for the right balance between work and home, and zigzagging through Mar Vista to meetings, school and gymnastics.
April 19, 1992 | BRUCE E. PEOTTER, BRUCE E. PEOTTER was head of an Irvine group that defeated a ordinance to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians in that city. He commented on Laguna Beach's recently passed "domestic partnership" ordinance, which grants gay and lesbian couples some rights enjoyed by married couples. He told The Times: and
Laguna Beach has taken another potshot at the foundation of this country, the nuclear family, devaluing the traditional husband-wife relationship. For a mere $25, the government empowers at least two people to form a "commitment" that gives them some of the benefits of a marriage relationship. Yet the "committed" partners can be changed regularly by simply filling out a new contract.
The conventional model of American family life--a married couple with kids and a stable home--is on the verge of becoming the exception rather than the rule, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday. In a study certain to fuel the "family values" debate, Census Bureau statisticians said that only 50.8% of American children live in a traditional "nuclear" family. They define a nuclear family as one where both biological parents are present and all children were born after the marriage.
October 23, 1987
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has been left with a difficult job by the vagaries of some elements of the new immigration legislation. That is evident in the effort to draw up regulations regarding details of the amnesty program.
June 8, 1989 | ROSELLE M. LEWIS
Taking Care of Your Aging Family Members by Nancy R. Hooyman and Wendy Lustbender (The Free Press: Macmillan: $9.95). Look around and see the slow but steady graying of America. More than 11% of the population has reached age 65, while the fastest-growing segment is 75 and older. Essentially a "brief" for members of the "sandwich generation" who want to provide quality home care for their parents, this book asks for better financial support and improved human services from the community and government.
Now that the term family has almost replaced the flag and apple pie as a buzzwords in political circles for all that is holy and right in America, it's odd that the fastest-growing kind of family--and arguably the most troubled--is also the most ignored. Step-families this year for the first time ever will outnumber the old-fashioned nuclear family in this country, according to government estimates that are expected to be substantiated by the 1990 Census.
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