Family Life in Chile

"family is most important"

Family Structure

  • Extended family often live close by and interact frequently
  • family only have one or two children
  • Most children spend significant time with their relitives

Child/parent relationship

  • Children live with parents till they marry
  • Considered inappropriate for young women to move out on their own
  • Grandparents care for children while their parents are at work

Gender roles

  • Adult daughters are expected to look after their elderly parents
  • Women from southern Chile and Peru are hired to provide full-time child care and house keeping
  • Father is considered head of the household but the mother has considerable influence on decisions

Interesting fact

At 36% of a women workforce, Chile has one of the lowest women force in South America
"Chile." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 3 Mar 2014