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DECLINE OF THE FAMILY Within the past ten years the focus of American families has become unpleasantly clear Divorce teenage pregnancy violence suicide and addiction are all plaguing our families today Conservatives Liberals and Feminists all have their views on why the breakdown of the families is occurring The conservatives believe that the lack of religious beliefs and practices have led to the moral disintegration of this generation Daytime television glorifying unwed motherhood further obscuring right from wrong With traditions rapidly diminishing and societys view on moral misfortitude eroding Many conservatives feel that welfare actually contributes to the breakup of marriages By making fatherless families a viable option to many With the lack of social stigma in divorce and the lack of personal commitment in marriage all factors in the general feeling today of short term instant gratification Society puts a very high emphasis on obtaining ones personal desires over all else including the childrens sake There seems to be a strong connection between one parent families and the rise in health and social problems in children The time parents are available for supervision and interaction has dropped 10 hours in the last 20 years Without a parent to supervise their children after school children watch to much TV play in dangerous areas and become generally too subseptible to the wrong elements Children are expected to grow-up too fastwith parents leaving them to care for themselves at a very early age The solution is to cut out benefits to men and women who violate social -exceptable standards of living beyond their means by having multiple births while continuing poverty level living The liberal view is one of changes in the economy and the smaller family unit distroys the social capital of organization trust among individuals and mutual obligation that enhances both productivity and parenting The loss of manual labor jobs has had a serious impact on men without a college education
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