Changing Characteristics of the U.S. Family

Implications for Family Networks, Relationships, and Child Development
  • Candice Feiring
  • Michael Lewis
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 4)


From the moment of birth the child is embedded in a large social network, the fabric of which is made up of many people, functions, and situations (Lewis & Feiring, 1978, 1979). This network includes, among others, parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, and peers. For the purposes of the present discussion, we shall focus on that part of the social network known as the family and will concentrate on the changing demographic characteristics of the family in the United States and the implications that these changing family characteristics have for the development of the child.


Child Care Family Size Child Development Maternal Employment Intellectual Level 
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  • Candice Feiring
    • 1
  • Michael Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsRutgers Medical School—University of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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