Family Problems Group 1
By: Brittney, Alyx, Miranda, Jessica, Mincong
Our Experiences Connected to the Book
Impact of Divorce on the Quality of Life in School-Age Children
Point of View of Social Construction of Power and Difference
How Our Experiences Relate to Inequality and Discrimination
Family problems in the world today seems to happen due to different types of inequality and discrimination. For example, Brittney stated how she nannies for families in Corvallis. Some families struggle with child care, and sometimes it looks like the system is working against them. This inequality seems connected to class. It’s related to class because there are families out there that are single income, and sometimes that single income may be minimum wage or just slightly over. Child care is a luxury to these families, and sometimes they can’t afford it. Without child care, this can make it harder for a single parent to work, or get stuff done. Which then can affect the children in the long run. According to the book, “children of single parents are more prone to getting into trouble with the law and have a decline in school performance” (75). This could be because of the lack of presence the parent has in their lives. The parent is busy working to get food on the table, and can’t afford to be there or hire childcare.
Another example is: Jessica, Alyx, and Miranda all have had their families go through divorce. Divorce can connect to many inequalities, but let's focus mainly on gender. Women are more likely to serve in a subordinate positions, sometimes not working outside the home and thus when they divorce “are much more likely than men to suffer economic decline after divorce” (69). Gender is a social problem of divorce. Women end up “worse off” because courts typically divide up only tangible property and don’t consider the professional growth of a husband’s career. (69) The old saying, “Behind every good man is a good woman” speaks to this very topic. If a wife stays home, tends to the home, bills, family and offers moral support does she have vested value in her husband’s career? After watching the interview with Steve Ortiz, Jessica felt that stay at home wives may come to be considered unequal to their spouse and/or may suffer a level of oppression and conformity. Their marriage molds to their spouse's career and his/her dedicating to such career. Brittney felt pretty similarly. She felt that these relationships see pretty old fashioned - in a way that woman are in charge of the house, kids, cleaning, and should support her husband while he is busy working all day long.
Divorce can also affect the class status of children. Our text points out that “children are often worse off when raised by one parent rather than two. The difficulties of children in single parent families are due to three factors: low income, inadequate parental guidance and less access to community resources” (247). Furthermore, low income and/or low education does make it more difficult to achieve a successful marriage and thus divorce is more common in low income households (68). In reading Excerpts from Unequal Childhoods, children who are raised in middle class families with middle class parents have a sense of concerted cultivation and entitlement. This benefits these children as they are better prepared to enter into adulthood with confidence in their ability to fit in and belong in higher social and educational settings. (Lareau 69)