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[FRHD 1020] - Final Exam Guide - Everything you need to know! (58 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 Introduction to Course &
Defining The Family
Definitions of Family
1. Legal
- Related to family law concerns, not a definition of the family per se, each province and
territory also has 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
2. Normative
- Shared by majority of people in a country or region
- Practice 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
3. Research
- Derived from: social theory, a social problem, a hunch.
- Must be measurable
Types of Families
1. Nuclear Family
- Parents and their children living in the same home
2. Extended Family
- All relatives that are in close proximity
- All live together and share household duties
3. Complex Family
- 3 or more adults + their children
4. Step Family
- Adults have divorced and remarried
5. Adopted Family
- Shares legal bonds but no biological ones
Statistics Canada
Census Family
- 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)
- A lone parent 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
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- Problem with household definition: 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
Vanier Institute (2010)
- 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
Family of Choice Vs. Family of Origin
- An individual cannot choose their family of origin but they can choose their family of
choice
Defining Family
- Two common Methods:
- Demographics: e.g. census/survey
- Genealogical: e.g. considering the family structural history
The Former Modern Family
- Nuclear Family: Father, mother, and children living in one household
- Family of origin
- Family of procreation
Today’s Postmodern Family
- Binuclear: Two households
- Blended family
- The extended family: Kin, affiliated kin
Postmodern Canadian Family
- 67% married couples, decrease
- 17% common law couples, increase
- 16% lone parent, increase
- 42.4% of couples were same sex up from 2006
- 2006 to 2011 first 5 years legalization of same sex marriages
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