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Diary Tuesday 23rd July.

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Nicola Armstrong Diary Tuesday 23rd July After careful consideration over the past few days, I have finally chosen the topic that I wish to investigate for my Study. I have decided to explore: "Why is childhood becoming shorter and shorter for girls in today's society?" In this Study I want to explore the nature of the 'tweenager' (9-11 year old girls who behave, as though they were teenagers) The reason I have decided to investigate this subject is because on a recent shopping trip in Tammy girl a clothes shop aimed at 7-13 year olds, which I used to shop in when I was younger, I noticed that un like the clothes which I brought from their, the clothes were now more mature I.e. the clothes were the smaller versions of clothes in a adult shop such as Topshop or Miss Selfridge. I was also shocked that in Tammy girl they were selling thongs, which girls as young as 7 were buying. I think this is issue will be fascinating to investigate, as I have a great passion that children should have the longest childhood possible as childhood is the happiest time of your life, and it should be preserved not taken away. Thursday 25th July Today I went to Derby City Library to get several books, which will aid my research, these are: * Melvin Konner, 1991. Childhood Little, Brown * John C, Coleman and Leo B. Hendry, 1980 The Nature of Adolescence * Marion Dowling, 2000. Young Children's Personal, Social and Emotional development. PCP As I have a lot of books to read, I have decided to concentrate my readings of the nature of adolescence and Childhood. However, I will attempt to use all of the books in my research. Sunday 28th July Yesterday evening I went to my 13, nearly 14 year old stepsister's birthday party. Her party s full of they type of girls I wanted to investigate. ...read more.


2. Liz Steel & Warren Kid in their book "The Family" describe the nuclear family as a "mother, farther and children living together in harmony with mother looking after home and farther going to work to support the others." 2. Explaining the is the nuclear family still the norm in Britain: It is no longer the norm: * Liz Steel & Warren Kid 1. "Less than 30% of households in Britain typically consist of a married couple in their children" * Jon Bernardes in his book 'The family in question' (1990). "I purpose that there is no such thing as 'normal families' [the nuclear family]. " * Talcott Parsons (1955) in the book Family socialisation and Interaction Process "the changes that have taken place in the family and the nature of the modern family are related to the impact of the process of industrialisation" * Mike Featherstone (1991) "we can no longer point to a single, all uncompromising family type or structure and say for sure that this type is the most common" It is still the norm * Robert Chester (1985) "argues that the nuclear family and marriage remain the normative experience for the great majority of Britons" * Mike O'Donnell "...the majority of married people still do not get divorced but remain committed, more or less happily to one partner for life" 3. Explained the reasons for the decrease in the nuclear family: Liz Steel & Warren Kid 1. "There has been a huge rise in the proportion of married women working outside the home" 2. "The increase in the extended, single-parent family and constituted families" 3. "...The increase of co-habitation..." 4. "As society changes so does the family" 5. "Divorce increased markedly from the 1970's but became relatively stable in the 1990's" The General Household survey 1989 proposes, 1. "By 1989 cohabiting couples and their children formed 26% households" 2. "Single person households increased from 17% from 1971 to 25% in 1989" 3. ...read more.


Questionnaire 1. How old are you? 2. Are you Male of Female? Male Female 3. Are you? Straight Gay Bi-sexual 4. What is you occupation? 5. Where do you live? 6. Are you married? Yes No 7. Have you been married before? Yes No 8. How many years? 9. At what age were you when you got married? 10. Why did you get married? Love Money Children 11. Have you been married before? Yes (q13) No 12. How many times? 1 2 3 4 13. Why did you get divorced? No longer in love Financial reasons Your expectations of marriage weren't met Grew apart Other = 14. Do you want to get married? Yes No 15. Why? 16. Do you have any children? Yes No 17. How many? 1 2 3 4 5 18. Do you want children in the future? Yes No 19. Why? 20. Do you live with the farther of the children? Yes No 21. Are you a lone parent? Yes No 22. Do you receive financial support from him? Yes No 23. Do you receive financial support from the government for your children? Yes No 24. Are you parts of a step - family? Yes No 25. Does your partner have any children from a previous marriage? Yes No 26. Do you have any children from a previous marriage? Yes (Q23) No (Q24) 27. Do they live in your household? Yes No 28. Do they live in your household? Yes No 29. In your view who has the final in an argument in your household? Man Women Equal 30. Who does the majority of the cleaning in the household? Male Female Equally 31. Who does the majority of the DIY in the household? Male Female Equally shared 32. Who raises the children in your household? Man Woman Equal 33. Where do your parents live? 34. Do they give you financial support? Yes No 1 ...read more.

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