Diversity Activity: The Typical Family
Objective — To challenge what we believe is true about the typical American Family.
Time — about 20 minutes.
- Divide the class into small groups — about 4 learners to a group.
- Hand out the information shown below on “The Typical Family” to each learner and have them discuss and define the “Typical Family.”
- After the small groups have discussed the activity for about 10 minutes, bring the groups together and have each group present their findings.
- Possible Conclusion: The typical American family is a myth or an illusion.
- Steady decrease in family size over recent decades has slowed. Baby Boom generation is aging.
- Babies born to unwed mothers has declined for the first time in 20 years (fallen 4% since 1994).
- In recent years the divorce rate has been 4 in 10.
- Sixty percent of the people living alone are women and most of them are elderly.
The Typical Family
|Families headed by married couple||87%||78%|
|People per household||3.14||2.65|
|Household made up of married couples with children||40%||25%|
|Household made up of married couples with no children||30.3||28.9|
|Households made up of 5 or more people||1 in 5||1 in 10|
|Households made up of people living alone||1 in 6||1 in 4|
|Families headed by women with no husband present||5.6 million||12.2 million|
|Families headed by men with no wife present||1.2 million||3.2 million|
|Households in metropolitan areas||2 in 3||4 in 5|
|Families with no children under 18 at home||44%||51%|
Source: Census Bureau
This activity is based on the chapter, Diversity
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