Running head: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
There have been various changes in the family structure over the years. Family is
basically a group of people brought together by the connections of marriage, adoption or blood.
Normally, a family consists of a grown-up, either a male or a female (or both) as well as their
children. Family members dwell in an exclusive and personal household and relate to one
another according to their particular social settings (Galvin, Braithwaite & Bylund, 2015). The
nuclear family is the oldest family structure known to exist. However, at times family can also
consist of a parent (s) and their unmarried offspring, married children, their partners, offspring,
as well as elderly dependents.
It is important to acknowledge the non-traditional family structures because they form
most of the family structures in existence today. Non-traditional family structures have even
become more popular than the traditional family structures. Today’s society is diversified and
majority of family structures in America as well as in other countries are non-traditional. The
society is now characterized by non-traditional family structures such as cohabitation, polygamy,
single parenthood, and same sex marriages (Gerson, 2010). Therefore, it is key for the existence
of these family structures to be recognized and studied just like the traditional family units. The
family-systems theory can be utilized to give a better understanding of the interactions in a
modern family (traditional or non-traditional). It recognizes family as a system with interrelated
parts, which influence one another and take part in the growth or detriment of other parts. Each
family structure experiences a constant change and self-organizes itself to ful...