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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 Diversity of Family ● 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 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 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 ● Complex households : a household in which there are two or more adults who are related but not married to each other 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 ● 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 ● 2. The age of first marriage is rising • While the average age has fluctuated in...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course SOCI Soci203 taught by Professor Ingrid during the Spring '10 term at Concordia Canada.

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