The Importance Of Family Structure In A Family

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challenges the parents’ ability show affection and support to their children, which affects the latter’s behavior negatively (Banovcinova et al., 2014). Family Structure A family is generally defined as a unit of two or more people who (1) live together; (2) are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or consensual unions; and (3) bear and provide care for children (Bahadur & Dhawan, 2008; Benokraitis, 2008). However, families still differ according to their family structure that is whether they belong to a nuclear or extended family. Family structure determines how roles, authority, and relationships are arranged in a family (Bahadur & Dhawan, 2008). As families spend their daily lives together, it is interesting to determine the relationships within their members and with other people they are living with in a household. On one hand, an extended family, which is the most common structure, is composed of the parents, the children, grandparents, and/or other significant persons (Benokraitis, 2008). Grandparents are usually the ones who play the supporting role in a family especially when a conflict arises (Grandparents Plus, n.d.). Moreover, when a…show more content…
Aside from that, Fahey et al., (2012) point out that the size of the family, which is measured by the number of children a couple has, must be regarded as an aspect that is related to the dimensions of family functioning. According to Fallon & Bowles (1997), the number of children in a family has an indirect relationship with the family’s togetherness. For example, the mentioned group of authors specified that the less number of children, the greater the likelihood that all children will be given enough attention for a closer relationship within the family. Likewise, the larger the size of the family, the less probability of all children in the family will permanently live in the family household (Fahey et al.,

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