Challenges family scholars may face in studying family diversity: A focus on Latino families, stepfamilies, and reproductive technology

Shannon E. Weaver, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Jason D. Hans, Sarah E.C. Malia

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American families have changed rapidly in the past few decades. For instance, U.S. families are more ethnically and racially diverse than ever before, family structures vary widely as a result of marital transitions and changes in cultural mores, and technological and social changes have altered the experience of parenthood. Family scholars often have found it difficult to adequately stay abreast of such transformations. There are many indications that changes will continue to occur in the next few decades, perhaps even more rapidly than before. In this article, the authors, as young family professionals, discuss what they see as current and future issues professionals face in studying and working with families. Latino families, stepfamilies, and reproductive technology are presented as examples in which diversity presents challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-937
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2001


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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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