Familes & Households

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    • Beanpole
      • A beanpole family is a family with one or more children who maintain regular contact with grandparents.
    • Reconstitued
      • A family which one or both partners bring children from a previous relationship.
        • 2) these type of families cause tension as there is a lack of clear roles between adults.
        • 1) 700,000 children are living in a reconstituted family in 2001
    • Extended
      • Extended
        • A family containing relatives in addition to the nuclear family.
      • Classic extended
        • A family containing relatives in addition to the nuclear family but also living together in the same residence.
      • Modified extended
        • A family containing relatives in addition to the nuclear family but not living together and only partially dependant on eachother
      • Has the extended family disapeared?
        • Young & Wilmott: the extended family support network had disapeared in the 70's due to 3 factors:
          • 2) better transport meaning we can get around the country easier for better jobs
          • 1)Rising wages and the welfare state
          • 3)Reduction in the number of children at home, more entertainment at home.
    • Ethnicity
      • Black families
        • 3)MIRZA higher rate of lone parent families reflects high values that black women place on independance
        • 2) Black men are less able to provide therefore higher rates of desertion and marriage breakdown
        • 4)REYNOLDS lone parents are stable and supportive
        • 1)Black Caribbean are the highest proportion of lone parent families
      • Asian families
        • 2) Sometimes contain 3 generations .
        • 1)Indian families are larger and least likely to live in a single parent family.
        • 3)Need bigger families for support .
    • Homosexual
      • Civil partnership act 2004
        • Encourages gay and lesbian families as it allows them to get a civil partnership
      • Changing in social attitude such as less strict religion has led to homoexuality being accepted and legalised in 1967
      • New technology, adoption and surragacy allows homosexuals to have children.
    • Life cycle
      • The idea that everyone goes through cohabitation, the nuclear family and singlehood


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