By Joel A. Muraco
What is Family?
How Families Develop
Dating, Courtship, and Cohabitation
Engagement and Marriage
Parenting in Later Life
Family Issues and Considerations
Happy Healthy Families
- Article: Social Trends Institute: The Sustainable Demographic Dividend
- Video: TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness
- Web: Child Trends and Social Trends Institute: Mapping Family Change and Well-Being Outcomes
- Web: Pew Research Center: Family and Relationships
- Web: PSYCHALIVE: Psychology for Everyday Life: Relationships
- Web: United States Census Bureau: Families and Living Arrangements
- To take in and raise a child of other parents legally as one’s own.
- Age in place
- The trend toward making accommodations to ensure that aging people can stay in their homes and live independently.
- Attachment style that involves suppressing one’s own feelings and desires, and a difficulty depending on others.
- Attachment style that is self-critical, insecure, and fearful of rejection.
- Attachment theory
- Theory that describes the enduring patterns of relationships from birth to death.
- Authoritarian parenting
- Parenting style that is high is demandingness and low in support.
- Authoritative parenting
- A parenting style that is high in demandingness and high in support.
- Blended family
- A family consisting of an adult couple and their children from previous relationships.
- Boomerang generation
- Term used to describe young adults, primarily between the ages of 25 and 34, who return home after previously living on their own.
- Child abuse
- Injury, death, or emotional harm to a child caused by a parent or caregiver, either intentionally or unintentionally.
- Term used to describe people who purposefully choose not to have children.
- Term used to describe people who would like to have children but are unable to conceive.
- Arrangement where two unmarried adults live together.
- Within attachment theory, the gaining of insight into and reconciling one’s childhood experiences.
- Elder abuse
- Any form of mistreatment that results in harm to an elder person, often caused by his/her adult child.
- Empty Nest
- Feelings of sadness and loneliness that parents may feel when their adult children leave the home for the first time.
- Formal agreement to get married.
- Family of orientation
- The family one is born into.
- Family of procreation
- The family one creates, usually through marriage.
- Family systems theory
- Theory that says a person cannot be understood on their own, but as a member of a unit.
- Foster care
- Care provided by alternative families to children whose families of orientation cannot adequately care for them; often arranged through the government or a social service agency.
- Partnering with someone who is unlike you in a meaningful way.
- Partnering with someone who is like you in a meaningful way.
- Intimate partner violence
- Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse inflicted by a partner.
- Joint family
- A family comprised of at least three generations living together. Joint families often include many members of the extended family.
- Learned helplessness
- The belief, as someone who is abused, that one has no control over his or her situation.
- Marriage market
- The process through which prospective spouses compare assets and liabilities of available partners and choose the best available mate.
- Modern family
- A family based on commitment, caring, and close emotional ties.
- Multigenerational homes
- Homes with more than one adult generation.
- Failure to care for someone properly.
- Nuclear families
- A core family unit comprised of only the parents and children.
- Permissive parenting
- Parenting that is low in demandingness and high in support.
- Physical abuse
- The use of intentional physical force to cause harm.
- Psychological abuse
- Aggressive behavior intended to control a partner.
- Sandwich generation
- Generation of people responsible for taking care of their own children as well as their aging parents.
- Second shift
- Term used to describe the unpaid work a parent, usually a mother, does in the home in terms of housekeeping and childrearing.
- Secure attachments
- Attachment style that involves being comfortable with depending on your partner and having your partner depend on you.
- Sexual abuse
- The act of forcing a partner to take part in a sex act against his or her will.
- Single parent family
- An individual parent raising a child or children.
- A family formed, after divorce or widowhood, through remarriage.
- Traditional family
- Two or more people related by blood, marriage, and—occasionally-- by adoption.
- Two-parent family
- A family consisting of two parents—typical both of the biological parents-- and their children.
- Uninvolved parenting
- Parenting that is low in demandingness and low in support.
- Working models
- An understanding of how relationships operate; viewing oneself as worthy of love and others as trustworthy.