Sociology : Changes in the Modern Family

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Sociology

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Example Questions

Example Question #3 : Family And Society

Which definition best defines the word "family"?

Possible Answers:

People who live together with a committed bond, who have formed an economic base while raising children together.

people who live in a multi-dwelling building

a group of people related to each by DNA who live under the same roof

a group of people living under one roof who drive to work together

Correct answer:

People who live together with a committed bond, who have formed an economic base while raising children together.

Explanation:

A family must have three components to fit the definition. It must have a commitment to each other, raise children together, and needs to have a shared economic system. A family, by this definition, does not consist of people who simply live together and drive to work together. A family can be related by blood, but also could be as a result of adoption. People living together and sharing expenses would satisfy the definition of roommates, not family. People who live in a multi-dwelling building would be considered neighbors, not family.

Example Question #4 : Family And Society

Which choice is an example of an extended family?

Possible Answers:

parents and children only living in one household

a family that is the caregiver for elderly relatives living in a separate household

grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren living in one household

an elderly couple sharing a condo together with a pet

Correct answer:

grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren living in one household

Explanation:

An extended family is one in which relatives, as well as parents, and their children live together. A three generation household would exemplify that. When parents and children only live together, that is a nuclear family. Family members living on the same street are considered neighbors. Family members helping the elderly are considered caregivers, unless they live with the elderly family member. Having a pet does not meet the definition for an extended family. Each member of an extended family must be human; pets are not considered.

Example Question #1 : Changes In The Modern Family

Where would a neo-local family live?

Possible Answers:

close to an urban area

close to the husband's family

close to the wife's family

apart from the husband and the wife's families

Correct answer:

apart from the husband and the wife's families

Explanation:

A neo-local family would live separate from either family. Living in an urban area would not describe whether the couple lives close to either side of the family. Living close to the family of the wife is termed matrilocal. Living close to the family of the husband is defined as patrilocal.

Example Question #6 : Family And Society

Which type of parenting has risen most in the past twenty years?

 

Possible Answers:

single parent

 teen parent households

two parent households

foster parent households

Correct answer:

single parent

Explanation:

Single parent households have grown faster than other households in the past decade. Two parent and teen parenting households have decreased. Foster parenting has decreased as well. 

Example Question #1 : Family And Society

Which answer is a common challenge teen parents face?

Possible Answers:

substantial family support

high employment rate

high graduation rate

little economic resources and support

Correct answer:

little economic resources and support

Explanation:

Teen parents typically have no savings and no substantial means to earn a decent wage. Teens do have a high unemployment rate, as well, a high high school drop out rate and often do not graduate after becoming parents. Teen parents do not have widespread acceptance from society. Teen parents frequently lose their family and subsequently family support as a result of becoming parents at a young age.

Example Question #8 : Family And Society

What is the age group that is most likely to live in a multi-generational household?

Possible Answers:

ages 25-34

35-44

86 and older

65-85

Correct answer:

ages 25-34

Explanation:

Since many recent college graduates can not find employment, they move back home after graduation to live with their parents. Ages 35-44 are most likely to be married. Adults 65 and older are increasingly living independently.

Example Question #2 : Changes In The Modern Family

Why have egalitarian family structures increased in the last decade?

 

Possible Answers:

There are more single parent households.

There are more people marrying outside of their religion.

There are more families with multiple children.

More women are seeking shared authority and power within their households.

Correct answer:

More women are seeking shared authority and power within their households.

Explanation:

Egalitarian family structures seek shared roles and responsibilities. More women want to have more equality in authority and power at home. Single parent households are less egalitarian since all responsibility falls on that one parent  present in the home. Having multiple children does not affect whether a household has a women seeking more equal status at home. Marrying outside of your religion does not necessarily mean the woman will want a more egalitarian relationship.

Example Question #10 : Family And Society

Which statement about family structure is most accurate in the last two decades?

Possible Answers:

married couples without children has increased

people living alone has decreased

 married couples with children has increased

people who are living together without being married

Correct answer:

married couples without children has increased

Explanation:

More married couples are choosing not to have children. The number of married couples with children has decreased and is projected to continue to decrease. The number of people living alone has increased. As well, the number of people living together without being married has increased.

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