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The family is facing the future in better shape than statistics about single-person households and high rates of divorce suggest. Family ties remain strong, but the shape of the family is changing as we find new solutions to suit changing times

It is one of the paradoxes of our age that the more we are able to live as independent individuals, the more important our family roots become. Despite widespread anxiety about the break-up of the family, quality of life surveys reveal high levels of satisfaction with family life-levels are consistently between 70 and 80 per cent, higher than for any other area of life. Ninety per cent of us rate family life as “very important.” Family history is booming, with its own magazines and search services. And people without satisfactory blood kin create substitute “families of choice.”

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