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  • Child Development:Family
    • Types of family
      • Nuclear family:consists of parents and dependent children living together. Traditional and most common type of family
        • The reconstituted family: children from different families living together with new married parents
        • Life can be improved with both parents working
        • Fathers playing more active role in families as they believe in joint sharing and caring. Women can also earn more
      • The extended family: nuclear family extended with grandparents and other relations, social changes mad it a less common family unit in the UK
        • Different caring styles will benefit children
      • The Lone Parent family: increasing number of lone parent families approx 25% of families. Might be separated,divorced, unmarried or widowed
        • Changes in divorce laws make it easier to obtain one, more divorces change family structures.
        • Changes in lifestyles of genders affect age at which people choose to have children
        • Availability of contraception make families smaller
        • Children outside marriage more acceptable
      • Same Sex family
      • Adoptive family
        • Fostered
    • Functions of family
      • Provide basic needs such as shelter, food, warmth and clothing.
      • Protection and support
      • Love and security
      • Opportunities for learning and development
    • Factors to consider when choosing to start a family.
      • Impact on lifestyle
      • Relationship of Parents
      • Parental age
      • Working implications
      • Finances


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