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Ch 1: Praxis: Families & Relationships

About This Chapter

This chapter on families and relationships will help you review necessary concepts for the Praxis Family & Consumer Sciences exam. These brief video lessons will provide an engaging way to cover the information you will need to answer these types of questions on the exam.

Praxis: Families & Relationships - Chapter Summary

This chapter will go over information related to the family life cycle, different parenting styles, and how different families communicate. The quizzes throughout will enable you to check your understanding of these concepts on families and relationships so you can feel confident going into the Praxis Family & Consumer Sciences exam. After reviewing the information in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand patrilocality, matrilocality and neolocality
  • Recognize types and characteristics of interpersonal communication
  • Discuss how a crisis can affect a family
  • Explain the varying structures of families in the United States
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the societal and familial effects of poverty and social class
  • Identify services related to social warfare

As you move through these lessons you will have the opportunity to consult with subject-matter experts at any point should you need further clarification. You will quickly be able to refresh your knowledge of these concepts on families and relationships to assist with your preparation for this exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: Praxis: Families & Relationships
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

1. 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.

The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory

2. The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory

What kind of phases does a family typically go through? In this lesson, we will examine the family life cycle, as well as learn about two measurements for family health: cohesion and adaptability.

Interpersonal Relationships: Types & Functions

3. Interpersonal Relationships: Types & Functions

In this lesson, we'll look at the interpersonal relationships we experience in life. In particular, we'll explore the four most common types, what these relationships do for us, and how some relationships come to an end.

Interpersonal Communication: Definition, Characteristics & Types

4. Interpersonal Communication: Definition, Characteristics & Types

We communicate. A lot. So, it's important to understand some of the characteristics and types of our styles of communication. Explore interpersonal communication and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Family Communication: Styles & Skills

5. Family Communication: Styles & Skills

This lesson discusses how families communicate through different modes (open and closed) and means (direct and indirect) means of communication. To improve broken communication, different skills that are needed for open and direct communication are also discussed.

Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

6. Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

How do parenting styles differ from one another, and which are most effective? You'll follow expectant parents, Mary and Larry, as they walk their neighborhood and try to learn from other parents.

Issues with Changing Family Patterns

7. Issues with Changing Family Patterns

Families have changed a great deal over time. In this lesson, we'll look at dual career, single parent, and blended families. We'll consider the unique issues each can present.

Effects of Life Events & Family Crisis

8. Effects of Life Events & Family Crisis

This lesson looks at how life events and stressors can cause a family crisis. The lesson identifies different types of stress, explores the differences between families who go into crisis and those who don't, and discusses means of overcoming family stress.

Family Conflict: Sources & Influence on Delinquency

9. Family Conflict: Sources & Influence on Delinquency

The structure of the American family has changed significantly over the last 50 years. This lesson will discuss the changing American family, identify sources of conflict within the family, and show how this conflict can impact juvenile delinquency.

Family Structure Variations in the United States

10. 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.

How Interpersonal, Cultural & Social Dynamics Affect Families

11. How Interpersonal, Cultural & Social Dynamics Affect Families

The family environment is where most people start learning and growing. Few people ever stop being members of their families, so it is important to understand the forces that may shape these groups.

Impact of Poverty & Social Class on Families & Society

12. 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.

Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

13. Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

Poverty is still a serious problem in the United States and would be even more so but for various federal and state public assistance programs. In this lesson, you'll learn about what a public assistance program is and types of programs.

What is Social Welfare? - Definition & Services

14. What is Social Welfare? - Definition & Services

In this lesson, we will discuss social welfare policies that are implemented in the United States to provide support to individuals in need. We will contrast distributive and redistributive policies, using the examples of welfare and Social Security.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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