Sociology point of view on dating


The majority (71%) of young people live in families headed by a couple.Just less than a quarter (24%) live in single parent households.Two thirds (67%) of the British public now regard cohabitation as acceptable, even when the couple have no intention in getting married.



More than one third of all 18 – 49 year old women are now single. Despite all the arguments about the decline of marriage, it continues to be the case that most people in Britain grow up and form a nuclear family for part of their adult life.Only one quarter of Caribbean children live with two black parents.There is also a tradition of women living independently from their children’s father in the African-Caribbean community.This could be partly explained historically, from the days of slavery, when husbands and wives were sold to separate plantations.

But Wilson (1987) argues that a black woman may be reluctant to marry (or live with) a man whose chances of getting / keeping a job are low and make him an unreliable source of income for themselves and their children.

In some respects marriage is more popular because people marry more often.



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