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Conjugal Family: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

Conjugal family refers to a family that is made up of a husband, wife, and their underage children. Learn more about conjugal families from examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Is a Conjugal Family?

Jim and Lisa are high school sweethearts. Though they both attended separate colleges, Jim and Lisa were able to maintain a long distance relationship. Two years after they finished their bachelor degrees, Jim and Lisa were married in a small church in their hometown. Ten years later, Jim and Lisa are still happily married with two young daughters and a son.

So what is a conjugal family? Simply put, a conjugal family consists of two adult spouses and their unmarried minor children. The relationship between the spouses is highly important in conjugal families. Typically, it is the marriage bond that ties a conjugal family together. Ties to other family members outside of the conjugal family are voluntary; they are not driven by duty or loyalty. Once the minor children grow up and get married, the relationship between the parents and children changes and the children form new conjugal families with their spouses.

If we take a second look at our example, Jim (the husband), Lisa (the wife), and their three minor children make up a conjugal family. Jim and Lisa have a strong marriage that they both value. You can tell that Jim and Lisa love their children very much. They make up their own close, supportive family unit.

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