The traditional nuclear family of 1960s Britain consisted of a married male breadwinner and female carer living in a household with their children This is now a thing of the past.
Since the sixties, a dramatic change in the structure of family life has taken place in the UK. Marriage rates have been declining 1) and the age at which people marry has been increasing Divorce rates have increased dramatically in the last four decades. There are also more and more couples 2) who have chosen not to marry Single parents are no longer the exception and women have started giving birth to fewer children later on in life. The result is that it is becoming increasingly rare to find the nuclear family structure in 21st century Britain. Indeed, researchers agree that by 2020 it will be very difficult to talk about the 'typical British family' 3) because there will be so many different types
While many people worry about the 'breakdown' of the family, others propose another way of looking at things. These people suggest that families are not falling apart. Rather, the future of the family is stronger than ever in the UK. Families may live apart 4) but the emotional support and commitment between family members remains just as strong as ever
Surveys show that family members who live apart still turn to each other 5) for support when important life events occur
And families are still responsible for most of the socialising which occurs in British life Also, it is conversations between family members 6) which accounts for a large percentage of telephone usage in the UK
In other words, the change that the family has undergone in the last few decades is not so much a breakdown. It is a reinvention. Families in the UK are still highly valued and will continue to be so in the future.
A but the emotional support and commitment between family members remains just as strong as ever
В because there will be so many different types
С so in fact relationships between family members are improving
D for support when important life events occur
E which accounts for a large percentage of telephone usage in the UK
F and the age at which people marry has been increasing
G who have chosen not to marry