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What is a lone parent family?
A lone-parent family is a family where there is only one parent who has a child or children and they all live together.
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How is a lone parent family formed?
It is formed by divorce from a former partner, separation from a former partner or from becoming widowed.
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What is a nuclear family?
A nuclear family is a family where there is a mother, a father and their child or children who live together.
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How is a nuclear family formed?
It is formed by marriage. A strong conjugal bond has been created between both parents.
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What is an extended family?
An extended family is a family that includes relatives beyond the nuclear family. This can contain relatives from three generations or more e.g. grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
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How is an extended family formed?
It is formed by death, divorce, they may have relatives living in different countries, cultural reasons or financial reasons.
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What is a homosexual family?
A homosexual family is when the same sex couple live together with their child or children.
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How is a homosexual family formed?
It is formed by having fertility treatments to obtain a child or children, adoption or marriage.
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What is an empty nest family?
An empty nest family is when the children have grown up and left but the parents still live in the family home.
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How is an empty nest family formed?
It is formed by the children leaving to become independent or by focusing on their own career paths.
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What is a reconstituted family?
A reconstituted family is when one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship living with them.
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How is a reconstituted family formed?
It is formed by divorce, death or coming from a lone parent family.
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What is a beanpole family?
A beanpole family is a family with very few children. It is a long, thin family tree instead of a big wide one.
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How is a beanpole family formed?
It is formed by people choosing to focus on their careers before having children or they choose to have children later in life because more relatives are living longer.
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