CMN 2130: Lecture # 15 March 27th 2013
Chapter 11: Interpersonal Relationships at Home, on the Internet and at Work:
Interpersonal Relationships at at Home:
Families have changed substantially over the last few generations.
Families are dynamic and changing and they reflect out cultural diversity
Family a self defined unit made up of any number of persons who live or have lived in relationship with one
another over time in a common living space and who are usually but not always united by marriage and
natural fami y: Mother, father, and their biological children.
blended family: Two adults and their children. Because of divorce, separation, death, or adoption, the
children may be the offspring of other parents, or of just one of the adults who is raising them.
singleparent fam y: One parent and one or more children whom he or she is raising.
Extended family: Family unit including relatives such as aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents,
and/or unrelated persons who are part of a family unit.
Family of origin: Family in which a person is raised.
A model of Family Interaction:
Circumplex model of family interaction: A model of the relationships among family adaptability,
cohesion, and communication.