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16 Cards in this Set

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The private sphere, where we can be informal, relaxed, and authentic.
Choosing knowledgeably
Making choices and decisions after (1)recognizing as many options or alternatives as possible (2)recognizing the social pressures that can influence personal choices (3)considering the consequences fo each alternative, and (4)becoming aware of one's own values
Placing family well-being over individual interests and preferences.
As a Census Bureau category, household is any group of persons residing together.
Archival family function
The creating,storing,preserving,and passing on of particular objects,events, or rituals that family members consider relevant to their personal identities and to maintaining the family as a unique existential reality or group.
choosing by default
Making semiconscious or unconscious choices when one is not aware of all the possible alternatives or when one pursues the path of least resistance. From this perspective, doing nothing about a problem or issue, or making no choice, is making a serious choice-that is, the choice to do nothing.
extended family
Family including relatives besides parents and children, such as aunts or uncles
Family values
Values that focus on the family group as a whole and on maintaining family identity and cohesiveness.
Any sexually expressive or parent-child or other kin relationship in which people live together with a commitment in an intimate relationship. Families today take several forms:single-parent, remarried, dual-career, communal, homosexual, traditional, and so forth.
Family change or decline
Some family scholars and policy makers characterize late-twentieth-century developments in the family as a "decline" while others describe "change." Those who take the family "decline" perspective view such changes as increases in the age at first marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and nonmarital births and the decline in fertility as disastrous for the family. Those who point to family "change" consider that the family has varied over time and space; they argue that family and society can adapt to recent changes.
Individualistic Orientation
Seeking primarily personal-as opposed to communal, or group-happiness and goals.
Individualistic Values
Values that encourage self-fulfillment, personal growth, doing one's own thing, autonomy, and independence. Individualistic values can conflict with family values.
Modern family
The traditional nuclear family-husband, wife, and children living in one household.
nuclear family
A family group comprising only the wife, the husband, and their children.
Postmodern Family
As a result of progressively increasing family diversity, today's family has little or no objective reference to a particular structure. In the postmodern perspective there is tremendous variability of family forms in contemporary society, leading some theorists to conclude that the concept of "family" no longer has any objective meaning.
Primary group
A group, usually relatively small, in which there are close, face-to-face relationships. The family and friendship groups are primary groups.