Learning Objectives

11.1 Explain key concepts sociologists use to study families.

11.2 Apply theoretical perspectives to the study of marriage and the family.

11.3 Describe trends in family formation and family life in the United States, including marriage, divorce, childcare arrangements, and domestic violence, and describe family patterns in immigrant, Native American, and deaf families.

11.4 Explain what sociological research suggests about ways in which social class infl uences family formation and parenting practices.

11.5 Understand the relationship between globalization and family life, particularly for U.S. families and women from less developed countries.