Family Relationships

Different Family Structures Defined


Nuclear Family

Societal Family Structure

Today in our society, there is no family alike. Everyone has a different family structure, built on different relationships. When looking into family relationships more closely, you see that it is a vastly wide subject based on the people in their life, their upbringing, and who is important to them. The standard definition of the family used in U.S. censuses and surveys (persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and living in the same residence) may limit description and analysis of family structure (Tillman & Nam, 2008). Seeing this definition shows how black and white the idea of family has been seen in the past. The word “family” has evolved, and this is where family relationships tie in. Family relationships are established between people who share an emotional bond and similar values. They can live in the same household, or fit into the original definition of family, or they can be chosen family members. Family structure has undergone considerable changes over the last century; the notion of ‘family’ has become more and more fluid and there is no such thing as a standard family (Dinisman et al., 2017). Within this report, we will be looking into three different family structures, single parent, same sex parents, and adoption; that have become a more dominate presence in our society and how their family relationships work.

Relationships to be Discussed

  1. Single Parent Families
  2. Same Sex Partnership Families
  3. Adoption Families