Types of Family

There are a number of different family types.

A Nuclear family:

This is when the parents and children live together in the home. Contact with other family members is limited, and practical help from them isn't easily available.

An Extended family:

This is when parents and the children live with, or near, relatives such as grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins. There is practical help with child care and emotional support.

A Step family:

This is formed when one or both people in a couple, with children from a previous relationship, re-marry or co-habit. New relationships can be difficult to establish.

A Single-Parent family:

They mostly, but not always, comprise of a mother and her children. This type of family can be the redult of:

  • divorce


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