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The impact of societal change on family structures functions and resources has become evident through the acceptance of same sex marriagescouples sole parent extended foster nuclear and defacto families physical economic emotional social cultural moral spiritual religious and adaptive lifestyles Statistics from around the world are showing the changing views and perspectives on various roles in the family It wasnt long ago in Australia that births outside of marriage were considered to be unacceptable In those days the young woman was sent off to the country to have her child and give it up for adoption as to not damage her familys reputation Nowadays many women are having children out of marriage Whether it is through the convenience of not being married or an unplanned pregnancy it has become frequently more common and accepted throughout Australia This also brings in to the equation the growing number of mothers in the workplace Previously after a woman had a child she did not return to work but as the number of single mothers in the community has become more acceptable so has the view that women can return to the workforce after they have a child Through the assistance of government pensions workplace run childcare and daycare centres single mothers have the option of full government support or returning to work with some assistance from the government Apart from single mothers there is the issue of single fathers This could occur through the death of the mother or the mother being unsuitable to her role Support and acceptance are now widely offered to either single parent Australians are also showing a trend to marrying later and having fewer children often preferring to focus on their careers rather then settling down Previously men and women were expected to have a family in their late teens but as the necessity to have lots of money the view on this has changed Also because of IVF and many other
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