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Chapter 2: Family Forms in Our Changing Society
- The Family Context
- Societal Influences on the Family Form
- Family Forms
- Key Terms
- Questions for Application
The form of the family is rapidly changing. Examining the last 40 years provides a remarkable picture of the changes that our parents and we ourselves have observed in our lifetimes. These changes translate into communication practices and norms that have had to adapt as quickly as our notions of family have. While popular notions of family lead one to assume that the [Page 30]nuclear family (two opposite-sex parents with biological children) was and is the ...