New York, New York (PRWEB) October 18, 2006
Americans point to divorce as the biggest challenge to stable family life today, outpacing other factors (1) such as same-sex or dual-career couples, according to a new survey, The Changing Shape of the American Family. Conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Martindale-Hubbells lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, the survey is featured in the November issue of Redbook.
Nearly nine in ten (88%) of U.S. adults say divorce has a negative impact on maintaining a stable American family life. In comparison, 53 percent feel that way about same-sex couples, and 50 percent say dual-career households negatively impact families. Virtually all U.S. adults (99 percent) acknowledge that families have changed over the past generation, and 70 percent say those changes have been for the worse.
Clearly, many Americans are anxious about the forces that threaten family. They’re struggling to understand all this change and what it means for their own personal choices, but they also feel a lot of compassion toward other families that make different choices–or don’t have a lot of choices, said Stacy Morrison, editor-in-chief of Redbook.
Family Law Confuses Majority of Americans
The unease that many U.S. adults feel about non-traditional family arrangements could be compounded by their lack of familiarity with legal concerns that affect families. The survey shows that 85 percent say they are somewhat or not at all knowledgeable about basic family law issues.
Nontraditional families are evolving faster than laws can keep up. Many people now need to take special care to ensure that their family, particularly if its not a traditional nuclear arrangement, is protected financially and legally, said Alan Kopit, legal editor of lawyers.com, the most comprehensive and trustworthy online resource for finding lawyers.
Among the documents Kopit recommends adults consider are wills, prenuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and powers of attorney.
If you are a grandparent caring for grandkids, or if youre the primary caregiver to minor step-children, you likely have different legal rights and responsibilities than those raising kids in nuclear families, said Kopit. Its important to seek out legal information and counsel to ensure your family is protected.
Todays Typical American Family
The following data from the survey reveals the make-up of American families:
–One-half of all U.S. adults are currently living with a spouse or opposite-sex partner;
–Thirty-six percent of those married or living with a partner currently live with their biological children;
–Nearly one in five (19%) U.S. adults with at least one child in the household also have one non-immediate family member living there (such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent);
–Parental ties are strong: nearly half (45%) of single, never-married U.S. adults live with at least one biological parent; and
–Some Americans go solo: nearly one-in-five (17%) of all adult Americans live alone.
For more information about the survey, visit lawyers.com.
Survey Sample and Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, between August 16 and 23, 2006 among 1,092 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, household income, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents propensity to be online.
With a pure probability sample of 1,092, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of + / -4 percentage points. Sampling error for sub samples would be higher and would vary. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
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Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) July 3, 2007
Yonkers, NY July 2, 2007 — With 100 million items on sale, eBay is the king of online auctions. But almost half of the eBay buyers that Consumer Reports surveyed encountered deceptions, according to a report in the August issue.
Buyers indicated that some sellers took their money and ran, failed to disclose key details about the merchandise, or overstated the item’s condition. However, deceptions weren’t the only pitfalls for folks to avoid when participating in an online auction. Although eBay prohibits trade in illegal goods, buyers can end up with unsafe products. CR’s secret shoppers had no problem buying lawn darts, a game banned in the U.S., and they tracked down car seats, strollers and other child products recalled for possible safety defects.
“Ebay has 2,000 staff members policing its site around the clock, but with 6.4 million new listings per day, their employees can’t find all the iffy auctions and shut them down instantly,” said Tod Marks, Senior Editor for Consumer Reports. “Buyers must take precautions and learn as much as possible about who they are dealing with.”
To help online auction buyers play it safe and win, the Consumer Reports National Research Center recently asked more than 2,500 subscribers to http://www.ConsumerReports.org about eBay purchases in the past year. Among the findings:
Despite their complaints, 70 percent of those surveyed were highly satisfied overall when buying on eBay. About 90 percent of purchases arrived on time, were accurately described and were perceived a good deal. Nearly half of respondents characterized eBay as an excellent source of hard-to-find items.
Forty percent of survey respondents termed eBay fair or poor for help and customer support. Most victims of unscrupulous sellers tried to fight back, but of those who tried to settle problems with the seller directly, which eBay recommends, only 38 percent were successful.
PayPal, owned by eBay, was by far the most popular payment method and was used for 89 percent of the purchases in Consumer Reports survey.
Complaining directly to eBay authorities satisfied 60 percent of survey respondents who took that action. But the most effective way to deal with dishonesty was among the least used: filing a formal complaint with PayPal. Although only 23 percent of unhappy respondents took that step, 66 percent of those who did said it worked.
A site for sellers:
Sixty-four percent of the 700 survey respondents who sold on eBay in the past year were highly satisfied with their transactions.
Twenty-seven percent of sellers said their auction ad cost far more than expected.
Only about 10 percent of respondents said their freight costs exceeded those computed by the site’s shipping calculator.
Avoiding Common Pitfalls:
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The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 7, 2009
A new and unique report, Black Girls in New York City: Untold Strength and Resilience, was released by the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle (BWBG), a funding initiative of The Twenty-First Century Foundation, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The report, commissioned by BWBG from IWPR pairs analysis of original data collected through written surveys and focus groups with a review of existing literature to provide an in-depth examination into the lives of Black girls living within the city of New York.
“Through our work with Black girls as service providers, funders and technical assistance providers, it became clear to the founders of BWBG that there may be unique social factors impacting our girls,” said Stephanie Palmer, Executive Director, New York City Mission Society. “So we pooled our personal funds and joined forces with other like-minded women and organizations to conduct a study focusing on Black girls in New York City.”
The report finds that the impact of poverty is especially acute in the lives of Black girls. Approximately three-quarters of the girls in the study live in low-income communities and households.
“Like all Black children, Black girls are at increased risk of living a life of poverty. But poverty plays out in the lives of Black girls in very distinct ways,” remarked report author, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, affiliate scholar of IWPR and Director of the Research, Public Policy and Information Center for African American Women at the National Council of Negro Women.
London, UK (PRWEB) January 14, 2010
According to new research by leading Child Trust Fund (CTF) provider The Children’s Mutual, just 18% of parents have written a will, yet many are unaware that should the worst happen and the parents die without having appointed a guardian, the child may not be looked after by their chosen carer and it will be up to the courts to decide where they live. The Children’s Mutual is therefore urging parents to make and keep just one New Year’s Resolution this year – to write a will.
According to research by The Children’s Mutual, the majority of parents who hadn’t written a will said it was because the task was ‘sitting on the to do list’ but wasn’t a priority (35%), 32% said they hadn’t found the time and 27% said they couldn’t afford to write a will. To help address these concerns, The Children’s Mutual has put together a simple Will Writing Checklist (http://www.fbwillsdirect.com/clients/common/iframe/index.php?page=wills_guidance&service=wills&client=thechildrensmutual) which is available on request to assist parents ahead of writing a will and is offering a discounted rate for a standard will of
Wheeling, IL (PRWEB) March 1, 2010
AccuQuote, a leader in providing term life insurance quotes to people across the United States, reveals the most common life insurance mistakes. The multi-carrier life insurance brokerage firm encourages consumers to learn what not to do when making a decision that will affect their familys financial future.
Before making the right decision, its important to be aware of the wrong ones, says Byron Udell, founder and CEO of AccuQuote. The fact is that millions of people in the United States are uninsured, and even worse, most of the people that do have some kind of life insurance coverage dont have enough. By realizing the proper need and value of life insurance, youll be sure to find adequate coverage for your family and avoid devastating mistakes.
AccuQuote reveals the most common life insurance mistakes to avoid when shopping for and purchasing life insurance coverage:
London, England (PRWEB) October 28, 2010
Bupa has revealed that fever, diarrhoea or vomiting are not enough to stop British parents sending their offspring to school. New research from the Bupa ‘How Are You Britain?’ report reveals half of all parents in the UK admit to sending their children to school or nursery when they are feeling poorly and this isn’t just limited to the sniffles, with 17% saying contagious illnesses such as diarrhoea and vomiting (13%) are not reason enough to keep their children at home.
The number one reason cited by two thirds of parents for sending poorly kids to school was the belief they would start to perk up once there, followed by 19% not having other childcare options and then work commitments (18%). In a vicious cycle, parents are sending their kids into class when unwell but over two thirds (68%) also complain that bugs caught from classmates are the number one reason for their little ones falling ill.
Almost a third of all parents (30%) say they have experienced feelings of guilt when their young ones are sick and feel that they are somehow to blame. Topping the table for parental guilt is concern that their kids are not getting enough sleep (23%) followed closely by their diet not being balanced and nutritious enough (17%). A further 14% of parents worry they don’t dress their children appropriately for the weather.
Guilt around lifestyle issues aside, many parents don’t feel equipped to decide whether poorly kids should be sent to school, and official medical guidance it seems is not getting through. In fact, two in five would keep their children home if they had conjunctivitis, which the Health Protection Agency advises is unnecessary.
Bupa (http://www.bupa.co.uk/ ) Health and Wellbeing medical director, Dr. Annabel Bentley, said: “Parents should keep children with vomiting and diarrhoea off school or nursery for 48 hours to protect other children’s health. For conjunctivitis, which is usually viral, medical guidance is that a child can go to school or nursery.”
The findings also revealed that for over half (55%) of parents the biggest pressure they faced was how to devote enough time to their children. With a further 38% concerned about their work life balance.
Notes to editors:
These finding are taken from the third chapter of the Bupa ‘How Are You Britain?’ report, a year-long study using a variety of research techniques to understand the ongoing health and well being of the nation. Research for this chapter was conducted amongst a nationally representative sample of 1,042 parents by Fly Research between 27th and 31st August 2010.
Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading international healthcare group, Bupa offers personal and company health insurance, runs care homes for older people and hospitals, and provides workplace health (http://www.bupa.co.uk/business/all-business/workplace-health ) services, health assessments (http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/keeping-well/health-assessments ), corporate health and wellness, seasonal flu vaccines (http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/keeping-well/flu-vaccinations ) and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 1, 2011
Two weeks from today the rigorous Das IronGeek competition will ensue at SXSW to crown the geekiest journalist, blogger or influencer. To be held Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Das IronGeek puts competitors through a series of five challenges created by participating companies Das Keyboard, MapQuest, Seidio, SoftLayer, and newly announced addition, Triviatise. And today, the first four of six influencer competitors for the Das IronGeek crown were revealed as: Joshua Baer, Amanda Coolong, Harry McCracken and Nan Palmero.
A Competitive Fleet of Influencers:
These four competitors collectively represent old school long time tech industry analysis and young buck social networking influencers; California and Texas; men and women; and entrepreneurs, consultants and journalists.
Wheeling, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011
There are many factors affecting consumers life insurance needs everyday. A large grouping of those factors includes some of lifes major events. AccuQuote, one of the countrys largest and most respected term life insurance quoting and brokerage firms, reveals the top life events affecting a consumers need for more or less life insurance protection.
Most people with life insurance do not take the time to routinely review their coverage. As a result, one-third of Americans, even affluent households, are severely underinsured, according to LIMRA. In fact, even a higher number, half of U.S. households (58 million) say they need more life insurance the highest level ever, LIMRA reports.
Life changes and so do your life insurance needs, says Byron Udell, founder and CEO of AccuQuote. Thats why its extremely important to examine your needs at least every few years and certainly when big changes occur, like having a child.
AccuQuote reveals the top life events that affect term life insurance needs and trigger the need for a thorough policy review. Additionally, the company suggests consumers without existing life insurance purchase a policy during these major life events: