Sociology Revision:Families and Households


Family Types:

Nuclear Family

A traditional family with a mother and a father with children, the male is the breadwinner (earner).

Extended Family

A family which extends beyond the nuclear family to include grandparents and other relatives.

Patriarchal Family

A family where the father is the authority figure.

Matriarchal Family

A family where the mother is the authority figure.

Symmetrical Family

A family in which both husband and wife do paid employment and both do some housework and provide childcare.

Reconstituted Family

Where two sets of children become one family when their divorced parents marry each other.

Lone-Parent Family

A family consisting of one parent and a child or children who live together.

Beanpole Family

A family which consists of many generations with a few who keep in contact with each other.

Gay/Lesbian Family

A family led by a gay or lesbian couple.

Single Person Household

One person living alone.


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