Copyright

Traditional Family: Definition & Concept

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: What Is Monogamy? - Definition & History

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:02 Definitions
  • 1:54 Advantages & Disadvantages
  • 2:36 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Yolanda Williams

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

Over 20% of the U.S. population live in a traditional family system. Explore the structure, advantages, and disadvantages associated with the traditional family system.

Definitions

Think about the popular 1980's television show The Cosby Show and the more recent cartoon show Family Guy. What do these two television shows have in common? If you guessed that both shows depict traditional families, you would be correct.

A traditional family is a family structure that consists of a man, woman, and one or more of their biological or adopted children. In most traditional families, the man and woman are husband and wife. In The Cosby Show, viewers watch doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable and his wife, attorney Clair Huxtable, raise their five biological children in Brooklyn, New York. In the show Family Guy, married couple Peter and Lois Griffin raise their three children in their home.

The percentage of traditional families in the U.S. has steadily declined over the past 40 years. In 1970, traditional families accounted for 40% of U.S. households. By 1990, the percentage of traditional families had declined to 25.6%. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that only 20% of all U.S. households were traditional families. Another term used to refer to a traditional family is a nuclear family.

The traditional family is different than the nontraditional family, which is a blanketed term used to describe all other types of families that are not traditional. If you have ever seen the television show Modern Family, you have been exposed to several different types of nontraditional family structures.

Nontraditional families include:

  • Cohabitation families, or unwed couples who live in the same household
  • Single-parent families, which consist of one parent and one or more biological or adopted children
  • Extended families, which consist of two or more adults from different generations of the same family who maintain a household together
  • Same-sex families, which consist of couples of the same sex and one or more children

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are several benefits to living in a traditional family. They include:

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support