NUR1 221 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Nuclear Family, Furniture, Miscarriage

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Living together before legal marriage is the basis for a more long-lasting marriage. Aged 15 and over who are single increasing. Aged 15 and over living in a couple (married or common law) decreasing. Couples (married and common law) with children decreasing. Couples (married and common law) with at least one child under 25 decreasing. Households containing a couple with children decreasing. Households containing a couple without children increasing. Married couples constituted 68. 6% of families but proportion steadily decreasing over past 20 years. Common law couples increased 18. 9% between 2001 and 2006. In 2006 there were 8, 896, 800 census families in canada. Lone parent families headed by men increased 14. 6% between 2001 and 2006, more than 2x the growth of lone-parent families headed by women ( 6. 3%) For the first time there were more couples without children 42. 7% than couples with children 41. 4% in census families.

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