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Family Demography - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Demographic changes have a profound impact on the human population as a whole, but family is the individual entity that is most directly affected. One family can be thriving while another sees its future withering in just a couple generations, due solely to the amount of human growth in specific numbers. The lessons in this chapter cover information on demography, and global demographic changes as they relate to the family. Take a short quiz for self-assessment at the end of every lesson and feel free to contact a knowledgeable instructor with any questions. In these lessons you will learn about such topics as:
- What are kinship structures?
- What is the demographic approach to studying the family?
- Developed vs. developing countries
- How have demographic shifts affected the composition of households?
|The Demographic Approach to the Study of Family||Take a look at a demographic approach to the study of the family.|
|Relationship Between Demographic Behavior & Kinship Structures||Identify how demographic behaviors affect and are affected by family and kinship structure.|
|Family Demographic Trends in Developed & Developing Countries||Compare demographic trends relevant to the family in different nations.|
|Demographic Shifts in Household Composition: Reasons & Consequences||Explore the transformation of households.|
1. The Demographic Approach to the Study of Family
Families are, obviously, pretty big parts of our lives. Studying the family can be an interesting and illuminating field, and the demographic approach is one way to do this. Explore this approach, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Relationship Between Demographic Behavior & Kinship Structures
Which came first, a change in demographics or a change in kinship? It's an age-old question for researchers. In this lesson, explore the relationship between these two factors, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Family Demographic Trends in Developed & Developing Countries
In this lesson, you will explore the ways in which industrialization can influence family dynamics, values, and composition. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Demographic Shifts in Household Composition: Reasons & Consequences
Since the mid-20th century, there have been huge shifts in the makeup of the American household. This lesson highlights these shifts while also explaining their reasons and consequences.
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