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Ch 1: Family Structure & Systems

About This Chapter

You can use this chapter to boost your understanding of family structure and systems. These lessons can also be helpful if you're preparing for a class in family and consumer science or specific types of professional certification exams.

Family Structure & Systems - Chapter Summary

From family relationships to dysfunctional families, this chapter covers various details about family structure and dynamics. The lessons focus mainly on U.S. families and their interactions and types. Lessons also cover family conflict and changes and how family is shaped in society. Once you complete your study of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • List and define family types
  • Detail variations in family structure in the U.S.
  • Discuss types of family and kin relationships
  • Describe the characteristics of dysfunctional families
  • Understand the relationship between family conflict and decision making
  • Provide details about the changes in family dynamics in middle adulthood
  • Talk about the impact of poverty and social class on families

With 24/7 accessibility and printable lesson transcripts, it's possible to review this chapter at any time, anywhere. Jump tags in video lessons make it possible to focus only on those topics you need to review. Self-assessment quizzes in each lesson allow you to confirm your understanding of one topic before moving on to the next. Your handy Dashboard lets you track your progress as you move from lesson to lesson.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Family Structure & Systems
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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.

Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

4. Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

This lesson explores the topic of dysfunctional family relationships. Characteristics and examples of dysfunctional families are presented, and functional families are discussed in comparison.

Factors Impacting Family Conflict & Decision Making

5. Factors Impacting Family Conflict & Decision Making

Conflict is a normal part of most families' lives together, and it can play a role in how and when different kinds of decisions get made. This lesson discusses what conflict and decision making have to do with each other in the context of family life.

Family Configurations and Changes in Middle Adulthood

6. Family Configurations and Changes in Middle Adulthood

During middle adulthood, many people find that their family dynamics change. In this lesson, we'll look at some of these changes, like becoming a grandparent and the challenges faced when a person is taking care of both their kids and parents.

Impact of Poverty & Social Class on Families & Society

7. Impact of Poverty & Social Class on Families & Society

What forces shape family life in our society? In this lesson, we'll look at how poverty and social class impact families' experiences and create unequal opportunities.

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