This chapter examines the ways in which statistics on marriage and family can be misused or misrepresented. The authors of this chapter look at what time periods are being compared and how shifting the time framework can bring out different results. The authors also examine the way the numbers are different when viewed in regards to different people or groups of people. The chapter also shows how a simple change on the surface generally is very complex underneath.
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The Family in Trouble: Since When? For Whom? (Chapter 6 in Family Transformed: Religion, Values, and Society in American Life.)
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