The traditional family structure in Polish culture and tradition assumes that several generations often live under one roof. The situation in which grandparents, parents, children, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces were present at family meetings was fairly normal. According to the latest findings of scientists Unfortunately, we can talk about the slow deterioration of this family model.
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Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany analyzed ongoing demographic changes and also prepared special mathematical models to represent social changes in family structure.. The scientists' vision, reported by geekweek.interia.pl, may be a big surprise to some people. “We asked ourselves: How will demographic changes affect kinship structures in the future? What was the size, structure and distribution of families in the past and how will they evolve in the future?” – explains sociologist Diego Albores Gutierrez of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany.
Changes in family structure. We have to say goodbye to this
According to the researchers' analysis published by geekweek.interia.pl, By 2095, the average decline in family size will reach 35%. Scientists point out that the decline in the number of family members will vary depending on the country – and this is related to the size of families in each individual country. In practical terms, this means that branching family trees will become more linear, resembling a single branch. According to researchers This situation will result from an increasingly low birth rate and a lower death rate among the elderly. This will lead to further changes in family planning practices, social norms and economic factors.
According to the ongoing changes in societies observed and predicted by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany, Couples decide to have children at increasingly later ages and have fewer children. This in turn – as scientists expect – means that Children of today and tomorrow will not have as many sisters and brothers as in previous generations. Naturally, this will also translate into an automatic reduction in the number of cousins or nieces.
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To clearly show the changes that societies are going through, the scientists compared two “typical” 65-year-old women. A woman in 1950 had on average 41 living relatives, while a 65-year-old woman in 2095 will have only 25 living relatives.. Scientists, whose analysis and words were reported by geekweek.interia.pl, also noted a growing gap between younger and older family members. In practical terms, this means that adults will not be able to help raise the young and at the same time will need to help themselves. “These seismic changes in family structure will create important social challenges“Policymakers in the global North and South must take it into account,” says Alborez Gutierrez.
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