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A recently released study titled "Culture of American Families" describes four largely invisible but powerful types of family cultures that researchers believe are shaping the next generation of Americans. The three-year study went beyond typical psychology-based parenting research to examine "the complex story of parents' habits, dispositions, hopes, fears, assumptions and expectations for their children." Three thousand parents of school-age children completed an online survey; over 100 of them were then interviewed in person.
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The four culture types identified, which together comprised 89 percent of families surveyed, are:
The study also identified a number of parenting trends, including largely thin support networks and the rejection of authoritarian forms of discipline.
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