Nuclear Family Vs Alternative Family

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The nuclear family vs. alternative family structures
1. Introduction
In this essay I will be discussing the family, I will define what is agreed to be a family by looking at how the society has shaped what is said to be or not be a family. I will be discussing the nuclear and alternative family structures.
Talcott Parson and George Murdock both define a family as a social group characterised by common residence, economic unit and reproduction. It includes adults of different sexes at least two of whom maintain a socially approved sexual relationship, that has at least one or more children, own or adopted, of the sexually cohabiting adults. This is the agreed definition of a family and this definition is problematic because it excludes a whole
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In some cases, the couple would marry, have children and then the husband/father would maybe get promoted at work and would have to go live overseas or work at another state away from his family and because of other factors such as the wife working and the children attending school, they cannot move or relocate with the father, and such families are excluded because in the definition it states that a family has to live together.
Child-headed households are increasing. Diseases and sicknesses are a threat to families, because of such an increase in diseases and sicknesses around the world, the children are often left alone. The level of quality healthcare is decreasing because of the increasing population. Hospital quality is decreasing and a lot of parents die every day and then the child-headed households emerge. The death rate of the young population is increasing due to the HIV/AIDS, accidents, plane crashes, and other illnesses and factors and the grandparents are often the ones left to take care of the children. And the definition excludes such families as well as gay families.
The definition defines what is agreed to be a family, which takes us to the second part of the discussion and that is the different types of family structures namely the nuclear and alternative family structure. How does one choose between the two??
2.The nuclear
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The family structure includes family forms such as those of lesbians, gay people, single-parent households and also adopting individuals. Alternative families experience a lot of discrimination from the public. Same sex parents are not open about their sexual orientation due to the fact that they fear discrimination such as loss of employment as well as antigay and anti lesbian violence.
These parents also find it difficult to explain to their own kids about their current relationship. Some alternative families are families from which the one parent might bring his/her child from his/her previous heterosexual marriage, although most children of same sex couples are biological children of one of the parents. A large number of same sex children are the result of donor insemination, surrogacy, foster care and adoption. Research has shown that children with same sex parents fare just as well as children with heterosexual parents and also that both the heterosexual and same sex parents experience the same problems when planning to have a baby, problems such as time, parenting, financial and responsibilities. Thomas D. Cook., Melissa R., Herman, Richard, A., Settersen. Jr., (July
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