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Australian Families in the 1900s Throughout the 1900s the typical Australian family has had some dramatic changes In fact you could go as far as to say that today there is no typical family The family has adapted so much to the publics change in attitude towards families or perhaps the public has adapted so much to the change in families it is now virtually impossible to identify one family type as predominant It is no longer unusual for there to be as many step families single parent families De Facto relationships etcetera as there is Also the number of children in families has decreased with some families even deciding not to have children So what has influenced these changes in society Some occurrences through-out the 20th century that are identified as influences on society are the two World wars the Depression and the Womens Liberation Movement All of these had a major impact on society changing everyones opinions attitudes and overall views on life The Nuclear family previously the typical Australian family has slowly become less common and even though if there was still a typical family this would probably still be it this obvious decline in numbers is a great sign of the changes being discussed and possibly a sign of what is to happen in the future Maybe in the 21st century it will be more common to be in a step or single parent family than a nuclear family Something that has had an effect on these changes in society is that of education For approximately the first half of the century not many people actually made it through school It was common for children to leave school early as it could not be afforded and so they would get a job and help support the family However the number of people deciding to stay in school or at least receive a proper education has kept increasing through-out
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