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Title: Family Structure


1
Family Structure
  • EDCI 331
  • September 1, 2003

2
Todays objectives
  • Definition of family
  • Responsibilities of families
  • Changes in families
  • Our role in working with and supporting families

3
What is a family?
  • US Bureau of Census (2000)
  • 2 or more persons related by birth, marriage, or
    adoption who reside in the same household.

4
What is the purpose of the family?
  • Protect children from danger
  • Prepare children for society

5
What is a typical family?
  • Thomas (1992)
  • any group of people who are related legally or
    by blood, or who are perceived to be family by an
    individual (p. 36).

6
What is a typical family?
  • How have families changed over the last 50 years?

7
Changes in families
  • Spendable income
  • Ethnic, racial, and cultural background
  • Structure
  • Individual familial differences

8
Spendable income
  • 21 of US children live in poverty
  • What are some of the implications for us as
    professionals?

9
Ethnic, racial, and cultural background
  • Demographics of teachers
  • 31 of US children are of color
  • Changing immigration patterns

10
Ethnic, racial, and cultural background
  • Increased cultural diversity
  • Increased religious diversity
  • Implications for us???

11
Structure
  • Married parents
  • Unmarried parents
  • Blended families
  • Gay/lesbian parents
  • Increasing age of parents

12
What are some risk factors for families?
  • Many children
  • Close spacing of children
  • Divorce/remarriage
  • Single parents
  • Very young parents
  • Geographical isolation

13
What are some risk factors for families?
  • Health problems
  • Poverty
  • Family violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Disabilities

14
What are some risk factors for families?
  • What about cultural diversity?
  • When would cultural diversity become a risk
    factor?

15
How do the changes in family structure impact
teachers?
16
Activity
  • On a post-it write down two questions or concerns
    you have about working with diverse families.
  • Share your concerns with your partner.

17
Assignment 5 points
  • Define culture, race, ethnic, diversity
  • Find the statistics for SC
  • Children living in poverty
  • Racial/ethnic make-up
  • Be ready to discuss
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