What are the different types of families?
Beanpole – in countries like Britain and the US, the number of children per generation has steadily gone down, while life span has increased. This has led to a shape of family tree that some researchers have likened to a beanpole — tall and thin, with few people in each generation.
Classic extended family – an extended family sharing the same household
Cohabitation – a couple living together who aren’t married
Extended family – a family containing relatives in addition to the nuclear family
Gay or lesbian family – same sex couple living together with children
Kin – relatives based on marriage or genes
Lone parent family – lone parent (either gender) with dependent children
Modified extended family – an extended family living apart but still in communication via phone, email, Skype etc.
Nuclear family – a family consisting of an adult male and female with one or more children (including adopted)
Polygamy – a marriage involving two or more wives or husbands
Reconstituted family (blended family) – a family formed out of another relationship, otherwise known as a step-family
Symmetrical family – authority and household tasks shared between male and female partners