Study: Number of nuclear families plummets

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A new study reveals the nuclear family is in decline, and a University of Maryland sociology professor, Philip Cohen, suggests that’s not really a bad thing.

But conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, whose new book, “Who Killed the American Family?,” recently was released, says there are ramifications:

More and bigger government.

Cohen helped author a study that was published recently by the Council on Contemporary Families in which he found family structure has become so diverse that there is no such thing as a “normal” American family anymore.

In 1960, according to Cohen’s study, 65 percent of American children grew up with a father who worked and a mother who did not. That was considered a normal, or nuclear, family.

But such a family no longer represents the majority. In 2012, only 22 percent of children grew up in a male-breadwinner family. A plurality of children now lives with a married mother and father who are both employed – but that plurality is only 34 percent.

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