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Ch 1: Praxis: Family Structures, Stages, Functions & Relationships

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Let us help with your review of the family cycle, life stages and family systems. The engaging video lessons with self-assessing quizzes can help you prepare for the Praxis II Family & Consumer Sciences test.

Praxis: Family Structures, Stages, Functions & Relationships - Chapter Summary

How do family cycles mirror the stages of life? Learn about the various family phases and get accompanying information about genetics with this chapter's lessons. You can also find out about various parenting styles and see how those choices affect learners. Adolescence and middle adulthood often bring about relationship and value changes that you can explore through these lessons. The videos include the following topics for your Praxis review:

  • Nuclear, extended and non-traditional families
  • Changes and expectations in family systems
  • Life stages and adult development related to the family cycle
  • Parenting styles
  • The relationship of genetics to behavior
  • Importance of modeling behavior and heritage
  • Emotional and physical foundations within families
  • Adolescent and middle adult relationships and values

Knowledgeable instructors present each of these lessons. Watch the informative video lessons as many times as you wish; you can also read the lessons in print transcript format. Some of the lessons contain links to additional text lessons that further explain key terms and topics.

Praxis: Family Structures, Stages, Functions & Relationships Objectives

The Praxis II Family & Consumer Sciences test assesses your understanding of eight different areas associated with this field, including the family's structure, stages, functions and relationships, in addition to your capabilities to teach these topics in middle and high school. The topics in this chapter relate most closely to the portion of the exam concerned with the family unit, which contains about 18 questions and composes approximately 15% of the test. To a lesser degree, some aspects of this chapter tie to the human development section of the exam, which has about 19 questions and makes up around 16% of this content area test.

All of the questions asked in the paper or computer format versions of the exam are multiple-choice. By taking the quick quizzes at the end of each lesson, you can experience the same types of questions that you might encounter on test day.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Praxis: Family Structures, Stages, Functions & Relationships
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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.

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

2. 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 System Theory: Definition and Changes Over Time

3. Family System Theory: Definition and Changes Over Time

The term 'family' can have different definitions, such as a family of a mother, father, and children, or family units that consist of extended family members and friends. This lesson will define the family systems theory and explore various types of families, models of influence, and changing family trends.

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

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

Impact of Parenting Styles on Different Styles of Learners

7. Impact of Parenting Styles on Different Styles of Learners

When you got in trouble as a child, how did your parents react? This lesson covers four different parenting styles identified in educational psychology, including authoritarian, authoritative, indulgent, and neglecting. Typical results from each parenting style are discussed in terms of children's behaviors, as well as application of the styles in a classroom environment.

Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

8. Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

We view manipulation of genes in our crops and livestock as a recent development. Yet, man has been manipulating the genetic makeup of his food for thousands of years through cultivation and breeding. This lesson will begin to help you understand how genetics works.

Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption

9. Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption

Are you destined to inherit your mother's penchant for collecting old postcards or your father's constant worry that something bad is about to happen? Find out with this lesson, which delves into the world of genetic and environmental behaviors and personality traits.

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