There is no general definition of the term ’’ family’’ as its structure and functions vary from society to society. In our society, the family is seen as a group or social arrangement in which individuals who are specifically related by blood, marriage, adoption or some other factor, group together and tend to share a domestic unit-a household. Not all households can be described as families, however. The family is the basis on which large communities or societies are formed. It influences the behavior and personality of its members and society. The concept of the family is universal. However, the form and functions of the family may differ in primitive, or modern, agrarian or industrialized societies. In Caribbean society, exiting family patterns have been influenced by our foreparents. The family as an institution is a means of survival by which people can procreate and so continue the species, provide for each other materially and socially, and assist its members to develop to their highest potential for service to their family and their country. Individuals within the family perform certain functions to satisfy needs and foster relationships among members.
INTRODUCTION This brief summary is based on the different types of family and the roles, responsibilities and functions that arise in the family household. The purpose of this summary is to gain knowledge and develop skills which will enable us to be more aware of our family type and the part in which we play and how important they are.
The researcher would like to express tremendous gratitude to who provided her with valuable assistance in putting the project together. First, of all the researcher would like to say thanks to god who has given her the strength to go on each day. Secondly, to the researcher’s mother who has given her relevant information that was needed. Thirdly, to Miss Molton who has given the researcher this task and the explanation in some of the areas.
A special thanks to you all.
THE TYPES OF FAMILY
The Nuclear Family
The Expanding Family
The Single – Parent Family
The Sibling Family
The Blended or Combined Family
The Extended Family
The Disintegrated Family
The Compassionate Family
The Empty Family
The Faithful Concubinish Family
THE NUCLEAR FAMILY
The nuclear family or elementary family is a term used to define a family group consisting of a pair of adults and their children. This is in contrast to a single-parent family, to the larger extended family, and to a family with more than two parents. Nuclear families typically center on a married couple; the nuclear family may have any number of children. There are differences in definition among observers; some definitions allow only biological children that are full-blood siblings, while others allow for a stepparent and any mix of dependent children including stepchildren and adopted children. Family structures of one married couple and their children were present in Western Europe and New England in the 17th century, influenced by church and theocratic governments. With the emergence of proto-industrialization and early capitalism, the nuclear family became a financially viable social unit. The term nuclear family first appeared in the early twentieth century. Alternative definitions have evolved to include family units headed by same-sex parents, and perhaps additional adult relatives who take on a cohabiting parental role; in this latter case it also...
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