Families and households

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  • Families and Households
    • What is a household?
      • A household means one person living alone or a group of people who live at the same address and share living arrangements. This group may or may not be related to one another
    • What is a family?
      • A social institution consisting of a group of people who are related by kinship ties: relations of blood, marriage or adoption
    • Forms of family and household structure
      • Nuclear family- two generations, parents and children living in the same household
      • Extended Family: all kin including beyond the nuclear family
      • Classic extended family- an extended family sharing the same household or living close by
      • Modified extended family- an extended family living far apart, but keeping in touch
      • Beanpole family- a multi-generational extended family in a pattern which is long and thin, few uncles and aunts, fewer children being born but people living longer
      • Patriarchal family- authority held by males
      • Matriarchal family- authority held by females
      • Symmetrical family- authority and household tasks shared between male and female partners
      • Reconstituted family/ step-family- one or both partners previously married, with children from previous marriages
      • Lone parent family- lone parent with dependant children
      • Gay/ lesbian family- same sex couple living together with children
      • Single person household- an individual living alone


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