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Family of origin[edit | edit source]

  • How many people are there in your family of origin? Parents? Siblings?
  • What are the advantages, if any, of being a single child as opposed to having siblings?
  • Do you still live in your family of origin, i.e. do you still live with your parents?

Empty nest[edit | edit source]

  • If you no longer live with your family of origin, at what age did you leave the "nest"?
  • Do you know of anyone who has suffered from the so-called "empty nest syndrome"? Have/would you?
  • Who do you think suffers most? Why?
  • Why do you think parents suffer this syndrome?

Boomerang generation[edit | edit source]

Mainly due to the general economic situation, i.e. recession, high unemployment, there has been an increase over the past few decades in the number of people who have moved back in to live with their parents.

  • At what age do/did people in your country typically leave their family of origin?
  • For what reasons? Has it changed over the years?
  • Do you know of anyone who has moved back in to live with his/her parents after having left the nest? Do you know why?

Nuclear family[edit | edit source]

The nuclear family, consists of two adults and one or more children. 1. Is the nuclear family the typical kind of family in your country?

Same-sex parenting[edit | edit source]

2. Are same-sex marriages different from heterosexual marriages?

3. Do same-sex couples make fit parents?

Single-parent families[edit | edit source]

With 2 million single-parent families, the United Kingdom has more single-parent families than any other country in Europe. In some areas of major cities in the UK, such as London and Manchester, there are now more single-parent families than "traditional" families.[1] 4. Do you know what the situation is in your country? 5. Do you know many single parents?

Extended family[edit | edit source]

The extended family may consist of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, etc. It can also include the in-laws. 5. Do you have a large extended family? How many people are there in your extended family? 6. How often do you all meet up?

7. Are there any members of your extended family that you’ve never met? Do they live far away/abroad? 8. Are there any members of your extended family that aren’t really members but are always included in family reunions, such as that aunt or uncle who is really just a very close friend of someone in the family?

Dinks[edit | edit source]

  • Dink stands for double-income, no kids.

8. Do you know any dinks? 9. What are the advantages, if any, of being a dink?

References[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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