A group of people related by blood, marriage or adoption.
The Nuclear Family
Mum, dad and children living together in the same house. This is seen by many sociologists as the 'ideal' type of family.
The Extended Family
Parents, children and other relatives living together.
The Horizontally Extended Family
Horizontally Extended Family:
When the extra family members are from the same generation as the parents e.g. a brother, sisters or cousins.
The Vertically Extended Family
Vertically Extended Family:
When there are three or more generation of the same family living together e.g. Grandparents, parents and children.
The Lone Parent Family
Lone Parent Family:
When one person lives with their children.
The Reconstituted Family (Step Family)
Reconstituted Family (Step Family):
A family that contains at least one child that is not biologically related to one of the parents. Usually created as a result of divorce.
A group of people, who may not be related but who live together and share facilities such as a living room.
The Empty Nest Family:
Empty Nest Family:
A Nuclear Family where the children have grown up and moved out.
The Empty Shell Marriage
Empty Shell Marriage:
A couple who remain married but are not longer love one another but may stay together for the sake of the children or their finances.
The Commune Family
A group of people who live together and agree to share their property, possessions and wealth.
Domestic work, child care and labour is shared.
One man married to one woman; the same person for an entire lifetime.
Several relationships in a lifetime but only one partner at any one time.
Having multiple partners.
A woman with multiple male partners at any one time.
A man with multiple female partners at any one time.