The traditional 2.4 family is a thing of the
past, with eight out of 10 people now describing their family set-up as not
traditional, or not conforming to the stereotypical two married parents with
two or more children. The majority of
people feel their family is unrepresented by politicians, the media and
advertising with half claiming the government does not take their family set-up
Research from the Centre for the Modern Family, a
new think tank launched by Scottish Widows to improve the understanding of the
challenges facing modern families, says that just 16 % define themselves as
part of a traditional family of two married parents living together with two or
more children. Instead, the findings
indicate family structures are becoming increasingly diverse. A quarter of all couples are childless, and
one in five lives alone.
As a result of this, half of the population
believe society is out of date in its view of the family. In addition to married mums and dads with two
or more children, people are increasingly likely to describe single parent,
same-sex, or unmarried couples as proper families.
Professor Tanya Byron says, "Family is the spine of society. Everyone comes from a family, everyone has an
opinion on family, and without this vital support network many of us would
simply break. At a time of continued
social change and as the financial squeeze on families gets even tighter, The
Centre for the Modern Family aims to improve understanding, and ultimately
strengthen families - in all their varied forms - across the country."
Life insurance news: 13 December 2011