Changing Definitions of Families

Compiled by Jessica K.M. Johnson & Karen Corday

Topic Page Advisor:
Karen V. Hansen, Ph.D

Families in the United States are changing. They now include an increasing number of single parents, same-sex partnerships, cohabiting couples and biracial spouses, as well as blended and adoptive parent-child relationships. Such demographic realities have implications for workplace practices, public policies, and research endeavors.

Updated: August 2009