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The Demographic Transition Theory

The demographic transition theory describes a set of interrelated social and demographic changes that contribute to astronomical growth and aging of the population. The theory attributes a significant role to the timing, nature, and strength of declining birthrate and increased mortality. Analyze the demographic transition theory and its patterns and predictions. What implications does this theory have for family relationships in later life? What implications does it have for public policy concerning aging families?

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The demographic transition theory explains the changes in demographics based upon the development of a country's economic system. The theory predicts decreasing fertility rates as a country develops. The theory shows that in stage one, death and birth rates show a balance. There are spikes in the death rate based on plague and outbreaks of infectious disease. Fertility is not controlled since there is a high death rate among children. In stage two, death rates decline as improvements in food supply and public health (Montgomery, n/d). As a result, population increases, with more children surviving past childhood. ...

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This solution discusses the demographic transition theory which describes a set of interrelated social and demographic changes that contribute to astronomical growth and aging of the population. The theory attributes a significant role to the timing, nature, and strength of declining birthrate and increased mortality. The solution analyzes the demographic transition theory and its patterns and predictions and discusses implications this theory may have for family relationships in later life. It also discusses the implications it may have for public policy concerning aging families. APA refereneces are included.

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