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Chapter 6 Diversity of Family
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Families exist in many forms However, functional families are similar in the functions they perform: Providing emotional support for family members Taking care of elders Raising children
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Lines of Descent Patrilineal Descent: determining kinship along the male line Matrilineal Descent: determining kinship along the female line Bilateral Descent: both sides of a person’s family are considered important in determining kinship
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Family Types Nuclear Family : a parent or parents and their children Extended Family : includes parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins Simple households : a household consisting of unmarried, unrelated adults with or without children
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Complex households : a household in which there are two or more adults who are related but not married to each other
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Changes in the Canadian Family 1. The marriage rate is decreasing while the cohabitation rate is increasing Crude marriage rate (CMR): the number of marriages per 1000 people in a population In 1950 the CMR peaked at 7.9 In 2001 the CMR hit a low of 4.7
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While the marriage rates have dropped the number of common-law unions has risen: In 1976, the common law rate was 0.7 per cent In 2001, the rate was 16 per cent
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2. The age of first marriage is rising
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