The traditional family structure in the United States is considered a family support system involving two married individuals providing care and stability for their biological offspring. However, this two-parent, nuclear family has become less prevalent, the family is created at birth and establishes ties across generations. Those generations, the family of aunts, uncles, grandparents. Social movements such as the feminist movement and the stay-at-home dad have contributed to the creation of family forms. The nuclear family has been considered the family since the communist scare in the cold war of the 1950s. The nuclear family consists of a mother, father, and the children, the two-parent nuclear family has become less prevalent, and pre-American and European family forms have become more common. These include same-sex relationships, single-parent households, adopting individuals, the nuclear family is also choosing to have fewer children than in the past. The percentage of households with children under 18 has declined to 23. 5% of all households in 2000 from 25. 6% in 1990. A single parent is a parent who cares for one or more children without the assistance of the biological parent. Historically, single-parent families often resulted from death of a spouse, single-parent homes are increasing as married couples divorce, or as unmarried couples have children. Although widely believed to be detrimental to the mental and physical well being of a child, the percentage of single-parent households has doubled in the last three decades, but that percentage tripled between 1900 and 1950. The sense of marriage as a permanent institution has been weakened, increasingly, single parent families are due to out of wedlock births, especially those due to unintended pregnancy. Stepfamilies are becoming more familiar in America, divorce rates are rising and the remarriage rate is rising as well, therefore, bringing two families together making step families. Statistics show that there are 1,300 new stepfamilies forming every day, over half of American families are remarried, that is 75% of marriages ending in divorce, remarry. The extended family consists of grandparents, aunts, uncles, in some circumstances, the extended family comes to live either with or in place of a member of the nuclear family. An example includes elderly parents who move in with their due to old age. This places large demands on the caregivers, particularly the female relatives who choose to perform duties for their extended family. Uncles, brothers, and other relatives sometimes helped out
An American family composed of the mother, father, children, and extended family.
An example of a nuclear family, consisting of a mother, father, and children
This figure illustrates the changing structure of families in the U.S. Only 7% of families in the U.S. in 2002 were "traditional" families in the sense that the husband worked and earned a sufficient income for the wife and kids to stay home. Many families are now dual-earner families. The "other" group includes the many households that are headed by a single parent.