FSW 261- Book Notes

FSW 261- Book Notes - 13:42:00 : Whatisafamily?,marriage,or...

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FSW 261- Chapter 1 Book Notes 24/01/2011 13:42:00 Chapter 1- Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society What is a family? Family consists of people related by blood, marriage, or  adoption.  o US Census Bureau defines a family as a group of two or more persons  related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and residing together in a  household Primary group= Described any group in which there is a close, face-to-face  relationship, and communicate with one another as whole human beings.  o Ex) laugh, cry, share experiences, fight all together. Feeling of  acceptance o Some would argue that you don’t have to be considered a  family/related by just blood, adoption, or marriage, but may experience  family relationship and commitment in other forms There is no Typical Family o Nuclear family= husband, wife, and children in an independent  household (only 7% fit this model) o Household= broader term than family, as it includes nonfamilial living  arrangements as well * Most common household type today is that of married couples  without children, where the children have grown up and left or  the couple has not yet had children, or doesn’t plan on having  them o A family is an sexually expressive or parent-child or other kin  relationship in which people usually related by ancestry, marriage or  adoption form an economic unit and care for any young, consider their  identity to be significantly attached to the group, and commit to  maintaining that group over time The Freedom and Pressures of Choosing o 1) To help you understand your past and present family situations and  anticipate future possibilities o 2) to help you appreciate the variety and diversity among families  today o 3) to make you more conscious of the personal decisions you must  make throughout your life and of the societal influences that affect  those decisions
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o Structural Constrains= economic and social forces that limit personal  choices Cohabitation has become popular now because people in  society choose to accept this. We are influenced by the society  around us, but we are also free to influence it. o People need to understand themselves and their problems in the  context of the larger society. o If people are to shape the kinds of family living they want, they must  not limit their attention to their own marriages and families. o
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