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Global Changes in Family Structures

The New York Times columnist David Brooks listed the following statistics about the global changes in family structure:

  • The number of Americans who are living alone has shot up from 9 percent in 1950 to 28 percent today.
  • In 1990, 65 percent of Americans said that children are very important to a successful marriage. In 2012, only 41 percent of Americans said they believe that.

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