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In the 1950s the ‘traditional nuclear family’ was much more common. Since then, the nuclear family has declined and other family and household types increased:
The ‘main types’ of family which have ‘replaced’ the nuclear family:
- Reconstituted families
- Divorce-extended families
- Single parent families
- Single person households
- LAT relationships
- Multigenerational households
- The modified extended family
- Shared households/ families of choice
Other forms of increasing family diversity
- There are more cohabiting rather than married couples
- There is more cultural (‘ethnic’) diversity
- There are more openly same-sex couples and families
- There is greater ‘organisational diversity’: of gender roles
- There is greater ‘life-course diversity’
- More adults are continuing to live with their parents
To my mind these ‘cut across’ those above: for example within many of the above categories, there is also cultural variation by ethnicity and sexuality, and the domestic division of labor.
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