Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sciologists See Reverse in Nuclear Family Decline

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sciologists See Reverse in Nuclear Family Decline

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N.Y. Times News Service WASHINGTON _ It was the kind of demographic news calculated to bring joy to the makers of single-portion soups and the managers of singles bars. More Americans are home alone. More than one in every nine adults over age 18 lived alone in 1990, a total that exceeds 27 million people. That news, coming from an annual survey by the Census Bureau, was one more indicator of the atomization of the American household. Like a cubist painting of a human figure, households have been continually rearranged over the last 30 years by personal preferences and economic imperatives. Now some sociologists are beginning to wonder if some trends that have left the nuclear family with a decreasing share of the American lifestyle market are on the wane. In particular, the tendency of young people to marry later may be ready to reverse itself, said Thomas Espenshade, a population expert at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. "You may be seeing a high-water mark on this," he said, referring to new figures that show American men marry for the first time at an average age of 26. …
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