Cherng-Tay Hsueh. The Family and Social Change in Chinese Societies.
In order to better understand family changes in contemporary Taiwanese society, we started with depicting the trend of conventional family types and showed increases in solitary households and couple-only families and decreases in nuclear families in the 1990s. We further explored several alternative family types by taking into consideration the marital status of the householder and found that one-parent families and atavistic families are increasing over time. These family types were usually concealed in conventional nuclear and extended families respectively. The increasing risk of poverty for single-parent families in Taiwan was not found to have occurred in the 1990s. This might be explained by the economic shelter that stem families provide for family members experiencing hard times.