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Family

An intimate group consisting of two or more people who
a. Live together in a committed relationship
b. Care for one another and any children
c. Share close emotional ties and functions

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Families are universal, but is there any universal definition for family?

No

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What are the six types of families?

Nuclear family
Extended family
Blended families
Family of orientation
Family of procreation
Fictive Kin

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Extended family

cousins, grandparents

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Blended families

includes step-family

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Family of orientation

mom, dad, sister (who you grew up with)

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Family of procreation

daughter, son, husband (Your spouse and dependents)

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Fictive Kin

Family members that don’t fit into any of the other definitions

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What has changed about families in the past few years? (4)

Age at first marriage, cohabitation, divorce, same-sex marriage

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Cohabitation

Two people living together in a sexual relationship with some sense of permanence, without being legally married to each other

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Marriage

A socially and legally acknowledged and approved sexual relationship between individuals.

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Nuclear family

A group consisting of one or more adults and their dependent children

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Functionalists views the family as...?

A means of primary socialization and personality stabilization.

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Criticisms of functionalist view of the family? (3)

Promoted domestic division of labor, neglects other modes of socialization, narrow definition

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Costs of Cohabitation? (4)

few legal rights, increase risk of divorce, women do more chores when cohabiting than as wives, couples who cohabit tend to have fewer problem solving skills

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Benefits of Cohabitation? (3)

save money, dissolved easily, emotional security coupled with sense of independence

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How many households today are the "traditional" family?

one fifth

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Divorce

the legal dissolution of marriage

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About what percent of American marriages end in divorce?

Between 43 and 46 percent

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Sociological reasons for the high divorce rates? (5)

1. Residential mobility of the nuclear family
2. Ongoing redefinition of family and gender
3. Ease of filing for a divorce
4. Longevity
5. Social acceptance

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How many states have authorized same sex marriage?

15

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DOMA

Defense of marriage act. Said marriage was only to be between man and woman. Shot down.