Family life in Dominican Republic

by Luis Navarro

Family Structure

Extended families commonly live together or near one another in the Dominican Republic, and rural villages are full of interrelated families. Smaller nuclear families tend to be more common among the educated urban population.

child/parent relationship

Siblings raised by one mother may have different fathers, but all children are respected equally. Children usually help with household chores with their mother and support their family as much as possible

gender roles

Men mostly support family financially, while women are responsible for the home and children. Regardless of the other demands on their time, women maintain responsibility for the household.Children assist with household chores.

view on family

Family ties are important. Dominicans generally want to keep all family close so that they can all support each other.

interesting fact

Grandparents often take in children whose parents work long hours or are in another country


"Dominican Republic." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 2 Mar 2014.