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Stresses Families Face Today

I recently heard a presentation by an expert on learning technologies at New America called Strengthening Ties: The Case for Building a Social Policy Centered on Families. Among the PowerPoint slides that accompanied the talk was one that I find helpful in thinking about strengthening families. It lists the stresses families face today:

Changing role of women and men in the workplace
Rise of single parenthood
Rising cost of living
Generational downward mobility
Decline in number and quality of jobs
Decline in family businesses
Pressure of modern technology

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