Extended Families

By: Mason and Scott

About Extended Families

An extended family consists of family members other than the immediate nuclear family, they may include grandparents, uncles, aunts, or other individuals that all live in the sames house hold.

Factors Affecting this Type of Family

Some factors that affect this type of family in our country are mainly financial, and cultural. Some may choose to live in this type of family to help poor family members or to save money until they are able to afford a home of their own. But some families that live in this manner are from countries such as China where this is a normal way of life.

Emotional Effects

Having more family members in the house can have an effect on children. They can be tought wrong from right easily and know how to deal with certain situations.

Family Responsibilities

In an extended family the members all have some of the same responsibilities. One benefit to living in an extended family is that regular house keeping responsibilities are diluted because of the number of people they are divided by. However, the responsibilities of adults to take care of the kids are increased for grandparents and childless adults because they will have to care for kids when they usually wouldnt have to. Also the responsibilities for the main provider for the household are increased e will be higher bills and food costs.

Guide-Lines for a productive Family Unit

Scince 1999 there has been a 20% in icrease in extended families due to recession induced job losses. So, some guidelines for these families are that they make sure, as much as possible, that the housekeeping and other responsibilities are evenly divided to avoid conflict. Another thing to mind is that even thought there maye be more income amongst the house-hold it will be dispersed on higher bills, more repairs due to the over use of appliances and the higher quantity of everything required by the greater than normal amount of people.

Social Acceptance

These families can be somewhat less socially accepted than other types of families because they can be louder, messier and have vehicles constanly coming and going from their home. Also other people may not enjoy visiting this type of family because they tend to have a crowded, unorganized or messy feeling in their house because of the larger amount of possesions in a space ment for a smaller family.

Pros & Cons

Some pros to this type of family include splitting up the chores, more emotional help, and more financial help. Some cons to this family include unequal distribution of attention, less space in your home, and not much privacy.