Singlehood Singlehood continues to increase in U.S. Reasons people choose singlehood: Greater freedom from commitment More career opportunities Desire for self-sufficiency and freedom to change Some people are involuntarily single: Varies greatly by race and ethnicity Many more African American males and females have never been married compared to whites By necessity Economic reasons prevents many young, working-class people from marrying because they can’t afford to set up their own household.
Divorce and Remarriage We have a high rate of divorce in the U.S. Several factors affect likelihood of divorce: Younger age at time of marriage Level of importance a woman attaches to religion Lower level of education Higher rates of unemployment and lower levels of income Race and ethnicity Asian American women have the lowest rates, followed by whites and Latinas African American women have the highest rates Even though divorce rates are high remarriage rates are also high in the U.S. creating many blended families.
Domestic Violence Child Abuse: neglect that is physical, mental, sexual or negligent treatment of a child under 18. Much child abuse remains hidden unless a serious injury or death occurs. As many as 15% of children experience sexual abuse as a child. Spouse Abuse: Historically it was ignored and tolerated Today as many as 5 million spouses are abused. Women more likely to be victims.