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[FRHD 1020] - Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam (53 pages long!)


Department
Family Relations and Human Development
Course Code
FRHD 1020
Professor
Shayna Sparling
Study Guide
Final

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FRHD 1020
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Week 1: Defining The Family
Definitions of Family
Legal
Related to family law concerns
Not a deffiniton of the family per say
Each province and territory also had legislation about families
Legal definitions tend to change over time, with new court rulings and
legislation, and also depend on your field
Applied context: enforceable legislated laws
Normative
Shared by majority of people in a country or region
Proactive or action regarded as socially legitimate and approved
Sometimes legal definitions are out of synch with social norms
Definitions of family have broadened
Applied context: social norms in a society
Research
Derived from:
Social theory
Social problem
A hunch
Must be measurable
Applied context: research and theory development
Types of Families
Nuclear family
Parents and their children living in the same house
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Extended family
All relatives that are close in proximity
All life together and share household duties
Complex family
3 or more adults and their children
Step family
The adults have divorced and remarried
Adoptive family
Shares legal bonds but not biological ones
Foster family
Fostering children, not necessarily theirs
Statistics Canada
A married couple (with or without children of either or both spouses)
A couple living common-law (with or without children of either or both spouses)
May be
A lone parents of any marital status with at least one child living in the same dwelling
“Children” include grandchildren living with their grandparents(s) but with no parents
present
Household vs. Family
Problem with household deffiniton
Not all family members live in the same household
Process Based Definition
Process rather than form defines family
Families are not marriages of home or rules. Families are people who share intimacy because
they.... share experiences that come...to make up their uniqueness – the mundane, even silly,
traditions that emerge in a group of people who know each other....It is this intimacy that
provides the group for our lives (Moore-Lappe, 1985)
Vanier Institute
Any combination of two or more persons who are bound together over time by ties of mutual
consent, birth and / or adoption or placement who, together, assume responsibilities for
variant combinations of some of the following
Physical maintenance and care of group members
Addition of new members through procreation or adoption
Socialization of children
Social control of members
Production, consumption, distributions of goods and services
Affective nurturance – love
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