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    • Singlehood
    • Nuclear
      • a heterosexual couple living together with their dependent children
        • decreasing
        • the number of people living in family homes with children fell from 52% in 1961 to 36% in 2009
        • 3 Reasons
          • increase in other types of families e.g. singlehood
          • fewer people gettting marriied and at an older age
          • birth rates reducing due to emancipation of women and contraception advances
        • Research
          • ONS says their social trends 40 reports, 28% of home are single person households and 29% contain childless couples
    • Beanpole
      • a family whose members come from many generations, but with few members in each generation
        • increasing
        • average life expectancy for men is 81 and 83 for women
        • 3 Reasons
          • - modern family trees are longer and thinner - fewer people but living longer
          • more great grandparents are surviving
          • life expectancy increase
        • Research
          • McGlone - family an important source of emotional and practical support. Now a major source of care
          • Dykstra & Knipscheer - older parents are not isolated from their siblings and children, 75% older people have monthly contact with at least 1 sibling
          • Brannen - At the age of 50, 3/5 of the UK population have at least one parent still alive and over 1/3 are grandparents
            • vertical links between generations are strengthened by increasing life expectancy, horizontal links are weakening due to divorce rate rise, fertility rate fall etc.
    • Same Sex
      • a couple of the same sex marries, cohabiting or in a civil partnership
        • same sex familes with children was 0.06% in 2016
        • same sex families without children was 0.7% in 2013
        • inceasing
        • 3 Reasons
          • legal for gay marriages
          • same sex couples can adopt children
          • more socially accepted
        • Research
          • same sex marriage became legal on the 13th march as the marriage (same sex couples) act
    • Extended
      • A family with 2 gnerations who live together/nearby or with 3 or more generations living close by
        • Increasing
        • 73% of over 18's had experienced life as part of household containing more than one generation of adults
        • 3 Reasons
          • finacial - rise in housing costs
          • people are living longer
          • care - its cheaper to care for own families rather than put them in a care home
        • Research
          • Bernerd Fletcher (2000) supprt definition of extended family as vertical extension of core nuclear family to include 3rd/4th generation
    • Blended
      • the joining of two adults via marriage, cohabitation or civil partnership, where one or both has children from previous relationships
        • increasing
        • 10% families have 2 adult parents with children from more than 1 relationship
        • 3 Reasons
          • more socially acceptable
          • rising divorce rates
          • more couples re-marrying
        • Research
          • step families with depenadent children account for 7% of all families and there is evidence of increase


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