Changing Definitions of Families

Changing Definitions of Families

Compiled by Jessica K.M. Johnson & Karen Corday

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

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on the Changing Definitions of Families (2008)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on the changing definitions of families: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/changefam.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Domestic Partnerships (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_DomesticPartnerships.pdf

Who Adopts?: Characteristics of Women and Men Who Have Adopted Children (2009)

Jones, J. (2009). Who adopts?: Characteristics of women and men who have adopted children. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db12.pdf

A data brief from the National Center of Health Statistics on the characteristics of adoptive parents in the United States.


Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2007 (Updated 2009), Issue 9: Today’s Diverse Families

By: Judi Casey, MSW and Caitlin Sullivan

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS_DiverseFamilies.pdf

Say Good-Bye to the Traditional Family (2003)

Conlin, Michelle & Hempel, Jessi. (2003). Unmarried America [Electronic Version]. Business Week, October 20, 2003. Retrieved July 19, 2007, from http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_42/b3854001_mz001.htm.

“Say good-bye to the traditional family. Here's how the new demographics will change business and society.”

To access this document, click here: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_42/b3854001_mz001.htm

Domestic Partner Benefits (2006)

Luther, S.  (2006).  Domestic partner benefits: Employer trends and benefits equivalency for the GLBT family.  Washington, DC: Human Rights Campaign. 

“Domestic partner benefits, offered to an employee’s unmarried partner, are essential for an employer that wishes to harness the full potential of all employees. As of 2004, the average benefits plan constituted nearly one-fifth of total compensation packages for employees, with roughly half of that devoted to health insurance. For most gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees, the portion of those benefit plans that covers an employee’s dependents " traditionally, the employee’s spouse and children " is unavailable, creating significant disparity in compensation and the inferred value of that employee’s contributions to the company.”

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://www.hrc.org/documents/Guide-to-Employer-Trends-and-Benefits-Equivalency-for-the-GLBT-Family.pdf

Marriage Promotion and the Living Arrangements of Black, Hispanic and White Children (2004)

Wherry, L., & Finegold, K. (2004). Marriage promotion and the living arrangements of Black, Hispanic and White children. New Federalism: National Survey of American Families, B(B-61), 1-7. Retrieved October 23, 2006, from http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/311064_B-61.pdf

Single Parents and The Challenge of Work and Family Balance (2005)

Employment Policy Foundation. (2005, January 12). Single parents and the challenge of work and family balance. The Balancing Act Newsletter. Washington, DC: Author.

The Employment Policy Foundation is no longer in operation but the Sloan Network now hosts archived issues of the organization's Balancing Act Newsletter.

To access this document (PDF), click here: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/downloads/EPF/EPF_Single.pdf

Shifting Household Structure at the Root of Work-Life Balance Issues (2004)

Employment Policy Foundation. (2004, October 28). Shifting household structure at the root of work-life balance issues. The Balancing Act Newsletter. Washington, DC: Author.

The Employment Policy Foundation is no longer in operation but the Sloan Network now hosts archived issues of the organization's Balancing Act Newsletter.

To access this document (PDF), click here: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/downloads/EPF/EPF_Household.pdf

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