Sociology : Family Models

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Family Models

Which of the following is not conventionally considered to be an alternate family form?

Possible Answers:

One-parent family

Gay and lesbian couples

Cohabitation

None of these

Child rearing by same-sex couples

Correct answer:

None of these

Explanation:

"None of these" is the correct choice. According to modern sociological thought, all of these choices are considered to be alternate family forms. Sociologists have contended that there is no "normal" definition for the family in our ever growing and changing society. Due to the constant transitioning of societal coupling relationships all of these family models are considered to be accurate alternate family forms. 

Example Question #2 : Family Models

Within a dysfunctional family, people that don't want to change and continue in the dysfunction would be considered as which of the following?

Possible Answers:

Mascots

Heroes

Caretakers

Rebels

Codependent

Correct answer:

Codependent

Explanation:

The answer is codependent because the people within the family are willing to continue living in dysfunction based on a dependency to the other people, and not because it is rationally a good relationship. Codependent people exhibit an excess of emotional and psychological reliance in the relationship. The other terms such as hero, mascot, and rebel are roles that may exist within a dysfunctional family.

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