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Comparison and Contrast Between Two Different Theoretical Frameworks of Family: Dual Employed Parents and Multicultural Families

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  1. Introduction
  2. Dual Employed Parents
  3. Multicultural Families
  4. Comparison/Contrast of the Two Models
  5. Conclusions

Throughout the course of the twentieth century, the breadwinner/homemaker model of family structure has pervaded both cultural and sociological discourse. Interestingly, however research now demonstrates that this model is not as typical as what many laymen believe. This ?realization? has spawned more investigation into other family structures and their overall impact on both society and child rearing. With the realization that there are a host of different family frameworks, it is possible to examine the different types of frameworks such that a more integral understanding of these frameworks can be garnered. Using this as a basis for research, this investigation considers a comparison/contrast of two different theoretical frameworks of family: dual employed parents and multicultural families. By examining what has been written about these two different theoretical family frameworks, it will be possible to provide a comprehensive analysis of these frameworks. Further, by examining these specific theoretical frameworks some insight into the challenges facing the modern family will be garnered.

[...] ?Misbehavior or regression, such as ?unlearning' toilet training or having frequent tantrums,? are problematic issues that can arise when older children feel that they have to compete for their parent's attention (p. 68). Clearly, there are a number of conflicts that can arise in the context of the dual income family. However, Lewis, Tudball and Hand (2001) in their examination of family life for dual income parents note that children living in these environments report benefits to the situation as well. [...]

[...] Children go through an expected process of assessing their family dynamics and then evaluating how exactly they fit into those dynamics. Furthermore, they often seek acceptance and companionship from those with whom they can most easily identify (p. 170). Thus, children that have parents whose ethic identity is different from theirs can face notable challenges when it comes to identity development. Ariel (1999) goes on to note that in the context of multicultural families, the challenges facing parents and children is often quite extraordinary. [...]

[...] Comparison/Contrast of the Two Models When the dual income and multicultural families are compared and contrasted, it becomes evident that both family types face a number of challenges. These challenges are both internal and external in nature. Further, the challenges have notable impacts on the ability of parents to effectively raise children. In addition, both family frameworks face considerable external pressure, from mainstream culture. Even though the overall scope of the challenges facing families in these two frameworks are similar, it seems feasible to argue that the specific nature and context of the challenges facing families in these two categories are notably different overall. [...]

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