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Blended family

families consisting of two partners and their respective children from previous partners. When these new marriages produce children as well, they create a family consisting of step siblings, half siblings, stepparents, and parents


boomerang generation

An age cohort of offspring who return home as adults to live with their parents


catastrophic leave policy

Allows workers to donate unused paid time off( such as sick leave, vacation time, and personal leave time) to fellow workers facing family crisis


cultural myth of romanticism

Ideology that explains female sexual activity as the result of being "swept off her feet" in the heat of a romantic moment


extended family

A family that includes the nuclear family plus other members of one or both of the parent's families of orientation, such as grandparents or aunts and uncles


Families of choice

A family form not defined by biology but by choice, marked by stable relationships based on shared economic and emotional ties in one or more households, such as those found where heterosexual or homosexual couples live together but are not married


families of orientation

Families into which people are born or adopted


families of procreation

families into which people marry and produce offspring



An organized ongoing network of kin and nonkin who interact daily, sharing economic and household responsibilities and obligations, providing for domestic needs of all members, and ensuring their survivial


feminization of poverty

A situation in which a growing percentage of the poor live in female headed households; subtly suggests that women choose to be poor and stay on welfare or some how bring poverty on themselves


flex time

An arrangement of work hours that allows more free time for the workers so long as the full day or week of work is performed; for example, some workers work four day weeks with 10 hours of work a day so they can have 3 days off to take care of their families



a common residential unit in which related and non related individuals may live


no fault divorce

the dissolution of a marriage in which neither party must attribute blame or misconduct to the other in order to be granted the divorce


nuclear family

a family consisting of two parents and their offspring


pauperization of motherhood

a situation in which a growing percentage of the poor have female headed households; subtly suggests that women are impoverished as a result of institutional forces


sandwich generation

generation of adults caring for both elders and children


status inconsistency

a situation in which one indication of a person's standing in society is out of sync with the others; for example immigrant parents who must rely on their children to connect them to social instutions