Nuclear Family/ Extended Family/ Joint Family/അണുകുടുംബം/വിസ്തൃത കുടുംബം/കൂട്ടുകുടുംബം

Nuclear Family/ Extended Family/ Joint Family/അണുകുടുംബം/വിസ്തൃത കുടുംബം/കൂട്ടുകുടുംബം
Nuclear Family

The nuclear family  is a term used to define a family group consisting of a pair of adults and their children.Nuclear families typically center on a married couple; the nuclear family may have any number of children. There are differences in definition among observers; some definitions allow only biological children that are full-blood siblings, while others allow for a stepparent and any mix of dependent children including stepchildren and adopted children.

Extended Family

In an extended family, parents and their children's families may often live under a single roof. An extended family consisting of grand parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all living nearby or in the same household. An example is a married couple that lives with either the husband or the wife's parents. The family changes from immediate household to extended household.  In some circumstances, the extended family comes to live either with or in place of a member of the immediate family. These families include, in one household, near relatives in addition to an immediate family. An example would be an elderly parent who moves in with his or her children due to old age. This places large demands on the caregivers, particularly on the female relatives who choose to perform these duties for their extended family.

Joint Family

Joint Family consisting of many generations living under the same roof. All the male members are blood relatives and all the women are either mothers, wives, unmarried daughters, or widowed relatives, all bound by the common  relationship. The joint family status being the result of birth, possession of joint cord that knits the members of the family together is not property but the relationship. The family is headed by a patriarch, usually the oldest male , who makes decisions on economic and social matters on behalf of the entire family. The patriarch's wife generally exerts control over the kitchen, child rearing and minor religious practices. All money goes to the common pool and all property is held jointly.