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The Nuclear Family

  • The Nuclear Family is made up of 2 generations.
  • Parent XY, Parent XX & Child(ren).
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Extended Family

Vertically Extended Family

  • The Vertically Extended Family is made up of 3 generations.
  • Grandparent XY, Grandparent XX, Parent XY, Parent XX & Child(ren).
  • The family tree is vertical.
  • Also known as the Beanpole Family.

Horizontally Extended Family

  • The Horizontally Extended Family made up of 2 generations.
  • Parent XY, Parent XX & their Brothers and/or Sisters & Child(ren).
  • The family tree is horizontal.

Modified Extended Family

  • The Modified Extended Family is made up of 3 generations.
  • This family includes Vertically Extended Family and Horizontally Extended Family.

 

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Reconstituted Family (Step Family)

  • The Reconstituted Family (Step Family) is made up of 2 generations.
  • Parent XY(a), Parent XX(b) & Child(ren)(a,b).
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Single Parent Family

  • The Single Parent Family is made up of 2 generations.
  • Parent XY/Parent XX & Child(ren).
  • Also known as Broken Nuclear Family.
  • Can be caused by divorce, death, desertion, etc.
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Same Sex Family

  • The Same Sex Family is made up of 2 generations.
  • Parent XY x2/Parent XX x2 & Child(ren).
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Cohabitation Family

  • The Cohabitation Family is made up of 2 generations.
  • Parent XY, Parent XX (not married) & Child(ren).
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