Ch 15: Family Structures & Issues

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of types of families and the challenges they face in contemporary society. Review information on stages of family life, divorce, blended families, family violence and theoretical perspectives on the family.

Family Structures & Issues - Chapter Summary

In this chapter of our study guide, our knowledgeable instructors will help you review different types of family structures and the shared and unique experiences they face. You'll look at common traditions, such as marriage and aging, and challenges, including divorce and blended families. Other lessons offer the chance to examine theories of familial behaviors. After completing these lessons, you should know more about:

  • Nuclear and extended families
  • Patrilocality, matrilocality and neolocality
  • Stages and traditions of family life
  • Common challenges in family structures
  • Theoretical analyses of families

Our instructors use humor, animations and expertise to make these lessons informative and fun. The videos average about five minutes in length and can be accessed on your computer or mobile device. After each lesson is a short quiz that lets you evaluate your knowledge. We provide a Timeline with clickable links that you can use to locate specific parts of the lesson you wish to focus on.

7 Lessons in Chapter 15: Family Structures & Issues
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Nuclear vs. Extended Family: Definitions & Structures

1. Nuclear vs. Extended Family: Definitions & Structures

This lesson will seek to explain the variations in family residence that exist around the globe. In doing so, it will specifically highlight the patterns of nuclear and extended residence, while citing some reasons for both.

Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

2. Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

The family, as a social institution, is an extremely important subject of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define family and kinship, and we discuss three different patterns of residency and systems of family lineage.

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

3. 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.

What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options

4. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options

Although traditional families once dominated many neighborhoods, today, there are lots of ways to form a family beyond the traditional idea of a married mother and father raising children.

Family Structure Variations in the United States

5. 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.

Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

6. Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Different Theoretical Analyses of Families

7. Different Theoretical Analyses of Families

The following lesson will cover how sociologists approach the concept of family using different sociological theories. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

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