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Please number each of your responses to the questions and write in complete sentences. Please take time to respond to each question with a paragraph or two. (50 possible points). I have included information about the experiences of 5 families-click here.Preview the documentView in a new window Please read all five and choose two families to use for the first two questions. 1.(20 pts) Please name the first family you selected: 1a) What changes in the American Family have influenced the current family situation of this family? 1b) What help do we provide, through our tax dollars (government programs), for this family? Include the name of the program and describe how the program supports this family. 1c) Describe the biggest challenge to this family to allow them to be self-sufficient? 1d) If this family were close friends, what suggestions would you have to help them become more self sufficient? 2.(20 pts) Please name the second family you selected: 2a) What changes in the American Family have influenced the current family situation of this family? 2b) What help do we provide, through our tax dollars (government programs), for this family? Include the name of the program and describe how the program supports this family. 2c) Describe the biggest challenge to this family to allow them to be self-sufficient? 2d) If this family were close friends, what suggestions would you have to help them become more self sufficient? 3.(5) We have explored many topics in this course – through textbook readings, lectures, videos and resource articles. Choose one of the topics and explain three important ideas you have learned about the topic. 4.(5) What elements of this course has helped you to understand more about Changing American Families? (i.e.: textbook, articles, videos, lectures, small group discussions….)

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Changes in the American Family have influenced the current Dickens family. These changes include cohabiting and single parenting. The 21-year-old Ashante Dickens is the mother of the one-year-old Tristan. From her story, we, can are to learn that Dickens moved from her grandmother’s house after becoming pregnant possibly after cohabiting. Unlike in the past where people involved in romantic relationships married, the changing situation in the American family eventually led to her getting the pregnancy and having to leave her grandmother’s house. The fact that Ashanti was in her late teenage years when she got pregnant sows the changes in the current families where young people are cohabiting for several years before separating or marrying. About half of cohabiting children in the modern American family have no biological children while a large number have a biological child from one of the partners. After cohabiting couples marry, they are more likely to divorce compared to those that did not cohabit before marrying. Ashante was cohabiting before, and just like many other young people, she was testing the relationship’s viability for marriage although she is determined to study and become an elementary school teacher. Children of cohabiting parents just like divorced parents exhibit lower well-being and so does Tristen compared to children of normal married families.