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Flashcards in Family Deck (11):
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Family

A social institution containing a group of people with shared biological and/or cultural heritage, affinity or residence

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Adoption

A process involving non-biological parents requesting legal rights and responsibility for a child. Adoption can occur between related family members or unrelated individuals

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Nuclear Family

A social group consisting of a mother, a father and any number of dependent children (either their own or adopted) spanning two generations who live together in the same household

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Extended Family

Social group containing immediate family members and non-immediate family members spanning two or more generations, such as aunts, uncles, cousins and other descendants from common ancestor

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Cohabitation

A living situation whereby two or more unmarried adults share a household over a prolonged period

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Social Institutions

Social institutions involve behaviour that is carried out by large numbers of people (i.e. is shared) and which continues over a reasonable period of time (i.e. is stable) Example include work, family, education and religion

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One Parent Family

Families based on a person who is not in a couple relationship, but forms parent-child relationship with at least one other person (child) in the household

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Stepfamily

A family structure involving both or one of the adults bringing children from a pervious relationship into the current relationship - the stepfamily (sometimes referred to as a 'blended family' or 'reconstituted family')

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Same sex couple parenting

A social structure that encompasses a range of family arrangements including children raised by sam-sex attracted couples, or adult couples with at least one LGBT partner or a lone-parent identifying as LGBT

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Patriarchy

A social structure with males holding power over woman, and males places as head of the family.

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Functionalist view of family

The view that the family performs certain functions including socialisation, regulation of sexual activity, social placement and material emotional security in order to maintain the status quo.