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Ch 1: Analyzing Families

About This Chapter

Learn more about family structures, systems and traditions by reviewing the lessons contained in this chapter. This is a great study aid if you're taking a family science class. You can also use it for review purposes before taking relevant professional certification exams.

Analyzing Families - Chapter Summary

During this chapter, you will have the opportunity to find out more about the influences and factors that affect family roles, relationships and communication. You will study facts about kin relationships, cultural impacts, family cycles and extended families.

The care of aging parents, the mental health of older family members and influences on aging are also discussed. After you complete your study of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss family systems and U.S. family structure variations
  • Describe types of families
  • List elements of culture and the effects of culture on education
  • Detail family life stages and traditions in addition to the family cycle such as marriage and parenthood
  • Provide examples of family communication skills and types
  • Apply strategies for the care of aging family members and understand ethnic/cultural influences on aging
  • Identify social factors that affect the mental health of older family members
  • Explain the role of extended families

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13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Analyzing Families
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Family Systems: Definition and Types

1. Family Systems: Definition and Types

Families come in all shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll examine what makes a family, as well as some common types of families, including nuclear, matrifocal, extended, and blended families.

Family Structure Variations in the United States

2. Family Structure Variations in the United States

The following lesson will cover the different types of family structures that occur in the United States in addition to the traditional nuclear family structure. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Types of Family & Kin Relationships

3. Types of Family & Kin Relationships

In this lesson, you will explore several types of family and kinship relationships that are used across the world and across time. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

4. Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

Culture combines many elements to create a unique way of living for different people. In this lesson, we identify four of the elements that exist in every culture, albeit in different forms: symbols, language, values, and norms. We also differentiate between folkways and mores.

The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

5. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.

The Family Cycle & Adult Development: Marriage, Parenthood & the Empty Nest

6. The Family Cycle & Adult Development: Marriage, Parenthood & the Empty Nest

Once a person enters adulthood, the common belief is that development is nearly complete. However, marriage and children have a great impact on adult development. This lesson will describe developmental changes adults encounter as they marry, become parents, and become grandparents.

Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing & Aging

7. Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing & Aging

In this lesson, we discuss the four stages of traditional family life that sociologists study. Although the concept of family has changed with time, these four stages remain prominent in our culture.

Communication Skills: Definition & Examples

8. Communication Skills: Definition & Examples

In this lesson you will learn the definition of communication skills and types of communication skills with examples. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz.

Influences on Family Communication: Culture, Gender & Technology

9. Influences on Family Communication: Culture, Gender & Technology

We communicate with all sorts of people, so what makes families any different? In this lesson, we are going to look a bit closer at communication within the family and discover what sort of influences play into how, when, and why we even try.

Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

10. Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

Here we will discuss the effects of caring for ones aging parents. Emphasis is placed on psychological and emotional strain brought on by the demands of caretaking, as well as ways to avoid complete burnout.

Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People

11. Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between growing older and mental health. We'll focus on the particular issues that older adults tend to encounter and what barriers they face in seeking treatment.

The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood

12. The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood

As people age, their extended family becomes more important. In this lesson, we'll examine how multigenerational living arrangements can affect older adults and examine trends in multigenerational living arrangements.

Cultural & Ethnic Influences on Aging

13. Cultural & Ethnic Influences on Aging

In this lesson, we will explore a handful of aging processes that are different when a researcher compares them by ethnicity. This includes the changes in skin, health, and religion.

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