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1 Today’s Family Chapter 14

2 Trends in American Family Life 14:1

3 0 A family consists of two or more people living in the same house

4 The Colonial Family 0 During the colonial era families and their relatives work, play, and celebrate special events together

5 The Family During the Industrial Revolution 0 During this era the industrial revolution affect the family but being separated from grandparents and other relatives 0 Movement from rural areas to large cities was a characteristic of this era

6 Benefits of Family Living 0 Satisfy physical needs 0 Be a source of protection 0 Provide long-lasting relationships 0 Be a source of love and affection 0 Provide support and encouragement 0 Provide companionship

7 Functions of the Family 14:2

8 Socializing Children 0 Children need to learn what is and is not acceptable behavior

9 Meeting Physical Needs 0 The family is responsible for providing care and protection for family members 0 Including health care

10 Meeting Emotional Needs 0 Through the close, intimate relationships within a family, emotional needs are met

11 Influencing Roles in Society 0 Your family can influence the place you take in society 0 Your family gives you your cultural identity, too. This is the way you see yourself as a member of your specific cultural group

12 Family Structures 14:3

13 The Nuclear Family 0 The most traditional family structure in this society is the nuclear family. This family consist of children who were born into the family or adopted. Neither parent has children from a previous marriage.

14 Benefits of the Nuclear Family 0 They have both parents present while they grow up 0 They have a parental model for both males and female roles 0 They have the opportunity to relate socially to both sexes 0 They tend to have more family resources available, including financial resources

15 Parental Roles in a Nuclear Family 0 Many times in a nuclear family a mother and father will take a more traditional role of “mothering” and “fathering”

16 The Single-Parent Family 0 A single-parent includes one parent and one or more children 0 The single-parent is responsible for all the adult roles in the family 0 Children are often given more responsibility in a single-parent family 0 They may cook, care for younger siblings and help with household work 0 They have few resources

17 The Stepfamily 0 A stepfamily consists of a husband and wife, one or both of whom have been married before 0 Advantage of two parents working together to fill the parenting role and maintain the home

18 The Extended Family 0 Grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins 0 Can offer experience in childrearing and participate in family activities 0 Modified-extended family – relatives live near one another, but not with each other; they are involved in each other’s lives, helping when needed

19 The Childless Family 0 They do not have the expenses that go with child- rearing

20 The Adopting Family 0 An adopting family has unique challenges to face 0 Adjusting to the parenting role 0 Most adopting parents have waited a long time for children 0 Sometimes the date of arrival is uncertain and may be sudden 0 Talking to the child about the adoption 0 Children should be told early that they were adopted 0 They will have questions about their birthparents

21 The Dual-Career Family 0 In a dual-career family, both the husband and wife pursue careers outside the home with maintaining their family roles 0 If spouses do not agree on how to share household responsibilities and child care task, one spouse may feel overburdened

22 Single Living 14:4

23 0 Single living refers to a lifestyle in which a person lives alone 0 This population continues to grow

24 Reasons for Single Living 0 Delaying Marriage 0 Choosing not to marry 0 Some people do not want the responsibility of marriage or parenting to take away from their careers 0 Changes leading to Single living

25 Advantages of Single Living 0 More freedom and independence 0 Fewer living expenses 0 More mobility than married people 0 Self-confidence in knowing they can take care of themselves

26 Concerns of Single People 0 Social Relationships 0 Stereotyped Images 0 Sometimes viewed as self-centered because they purse their own interest


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