1. Over the past 60 years or so, family instability has increased in the U.S. In your own words, explain what “family instability” means, and how it has resulted in more “family complexity” over time, providing examples to illustrate your answer.

NSTRUCTIONS: Answer all questions. Make sure each response is double spaced, with one-inch margins, in 12 point Times or Cambria font. The page limit for all questions is three pages per question (6 total pages). This is a strict page limit.

There is no need to reproduce the question at the top of the page or provide a formal introduction—this will take up space you could use for your answer.

Use your own words to explain the different concepts and arguments you reference from authors or other materials that you cite in support of your answers. Do not include direct quotes from readings!

You do not need to provide a reference list , but you do need to refer to and cite readings to support your answers. All work submitted for this exam must be original and entirely your own.

1. Over the past 60 years or so, family instability has increased in the U.S. In your own words, explain what “family instability” means, and how it has resulted in more “family complexity” over time, providing examples to illustrate your answer. Drawing on at least three assigned readings, explain some of the major reasons for why this has occurred, and what it means for children’s resources and outcomes. According to Berger & Carlson, how well does U.S. family policy address these trends of growing complexity and instability? Based on your discussion above, what do you think are the most important policies for addressing the way family instability affects children’s resources?

2. For question 2, answer both sections “a” and “b”.

a) Access to economic opportunities in the U.S. have varied by race/ethnicity in the past and present. Using an example from Takaki, Jackson, Dreby or Abrego & Hernandez (choose one), explain how race/ethnicity shapes (or shaped) access to economic opportunities for a specific non-white group, and how that in turn impacts (or impacted) family patterns.

b) Based on Cherlin’s Labor’s Love Lost, describe the economic shifts that began in the 1970s and explain how they are related to the growing gaps in family experiences and patterns by social class in U.S. families today described by both Cherlin and Carlson & England. In addition to the general discussion, describe how patterns around marriage have been affected by these developments and why this is consequential for U.S. society.

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