About This Chapter
CLEP Social Sciences and History: Family and Kinship in Sociology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Families come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and this chapter looks at several types, including kin relationships, nuclear families and extended families. The sociology experts who lead these lessons introduce you to family descent systems, partner choice, impact of divorce on the family and more. Lessons are presented in short, easily-digestible chunks that help you quickly retain key concepts about family structure and kinship. Once you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll have knowledge of:
- Life partners and love relationships
- Matrilineal and patrilineal systems
- Plural marriages
- Divorce rates
|Mate Choice, Courtship, Marriage & Childbearing||Follow the development of love relationships and see the steps used to choose a mate for life. Discuss the decision to have children.|
|Types of Family & Kin Relationships||Get details on lineal, affinal and collateral kinships and identify characteristics of nuclear and extended families.|
|Descent Systems: Matrilineal, Patrilineal, Unilateral & Bilateral||Evaluate the different types of descent systems.|
|Plural Marriage vs. Monogamy: Definition & Types||Compare and contrast polygamy and other forms of plural marriage. Describe monogamy.|
|Divorce Reasons & Rates, Cultural Impact & Life After Divorce||Examine reasons that people get divorced and learn about cohabitation in later life, remarriage and reconstructed families.|
|Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers||Determine the ways that an individual's health is affected after the loss of a spouse.|
1. Mate Choice, Courtship, Marriage & Childbearing
In this lesson, you will explore the social and evolutionary process of starting a family and discover how cultural values and expectations affect this system. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. 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.
3. Descent Systems: Matrilineal, Patrilineal, Unilateral & Bilateral
In this lesson, you will explore some of the different ways to trace lineage, including both patrilineal and matrilineal systems. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Plural Marriage vs. Monogamy: Definition & Types
This lesson will seek to explain plural marriage. In doing so, it will define polygyny, polyandry, and group marriage, while also giving examples from around the globe.
5. Divorce Reasons & Rates, Cultural Impact & Life After Divorce
In this lesson, you will explore the reasons, rates and impacts of divorce, a growing trend across the world. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers
Here we examine what it means to be a widow or widower, as well as some of the statistics of how common it is. We finish off by looking at the occasionally mentioned 'widowhood effect.'
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.
Other chapters within the Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology Study Guide course