Defining the family

Extended families: 

Extension of the Nuclear Family. Contains Kin, may include grandparents or aunties and uncles. 

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Extended families

Murdock saw this as an extension of the nuclear family. 

These extended families contain kin. 

3 generation family could have grandparents and aunties and uncles. 

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Symmetrical family

First developed in middle class.  

It is Nuclear.

Husband and wife look at each other for companionship. 

Little contact with kinship.

Roles of husband and wife are similar. 

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Modified extended family

Kin doesn't seem to play a major role. 

Important services are given by the kinship. 

Come together for important family events 

Communicate through telephone and email. 

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