A summary grid of how five social policies might affect different aspects of family life. Designed to help students revise for A-level sociology – the families and households topic.
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|Policy||First Thoughts – How might this policy affect family life in the UK?||More specifically will this support or undermine the conventional nuclear family?||Who does this policy benefit?
|The 1969 and 1984 Divorce Acts||· Increases divorce and thus single parent, single person and reconstituted households
|· Undermine||· Women (in abusive relationships)|
|Maternity and Paternity Acts||· Should make relationships between men and women more equal
|· Undermine||· Women (encourages men to become primary child carers)
· And men – easier for them to be stay at home dads)
|The Civil Partnership and Gay Marriage Acts||· Reduces stigma against same sex relationships
· Encourages more same sex families
|· Undermine||· Same sex couples (reduction of stigma)|
|Universal Child Benefits||· Encourage (poorer) parents to have more children, larger families
|· Support||· Families with children
|Income Support for Single Parents||· Reduce the number of single parents
|· Support (recent changes make it more difficult for single parents to claim benefits)||· (losers) single parents|