The breadwinner model is a paradigm of family centered on a breadwinner, "the member of a family who earns the money to support the others".
In the context of human society, a family is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence or some combination of these.
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In heterosexual relationships, the breadwinner is most often the male.
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The earner works outside the home to provide the family with income and benefits such as health insurance.
Health insurance is insurance against the risk of incurring medical expenses among individuals.
Since the 1950s, social scientists and feminist theorists have increasingly criticized the gendered division of work and care and the expectation that the breadwinner role should be fulfilled by men.
Norwegian government policy has increasingly targeted men as fathers, as a tool of changing gender relations.
Gender roles are sets of societal norms which dictate the types of behaviors which are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for people based on their actual or perceived sex or sexuality.
In 2014 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 30.8% of heterosexual couples with children under 18 had a man as the sole breadwinner.
5.6% of families had a woman as the sole breadwinner.
The percentage of families with female breadwinners has been declining since the end of the recession.