Last year, one of the three households in Korea was a single household.
Changes in family form are led by younger generations, and over half of those in their 20s are unmarried and single or not willing to give birth to children.
This is reporter Hyungwon Lee.
The traditional family form of parents and unmarried children is declining.
Last year, the number of such households was 31%, down by more than 12 percentage points from 2015.
What’s more noticeable is the surge in single-person households.
Five years ago, it was only 21%, but now more than one of the three households is a single person.
[이정심 / 여성가족부 청소년가족정책실장 : 1인 가구 생활의 주된 사유는 학업이나 직장, 배우자의 사망 순이었습니다. 앞으로도 1인 가구의 비율은 더욱더 확대될 것으로 예상합니다.]
These changes are being driven by young people.
More than half of those in their 20s agree not to have children, even if they are single or married.
More than 40% of unmarried cohabitation agreed, and 23% of the broadcaster Sayuri’s choice for unmarried childbirth.
Although the consent rate declined with age, 28% of all households agreed with childless life, which led to the biggest change in perception.
In addition, over 35% of people have opinions on abolishing discrimination in common-law or non-marriage cohabitation.
[김권영 / 여성가족부 가족정책국장 : 사실혼이나 비혼 동거 가족을 가족 개념에 포용할 수 있도록, 건강가족기본법에 나와 있는 가족 개념을 확대하는 개정안인데요. 국회 논의 과정에서 좀 합리적인 대안이 (마련돼야)….]
Despite the changing family concept, the burden of parenting was concentrated on women.
In particular, more than 70% of women take care of children under the age of 12, and gender stereotypes in the field of parenting remain the same.
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